Manila, November 11: Read what players have to say following the penultimate round of the Resorts World Manila Masters on Saturday.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Third Round 64 (-8), Total 201 (-15)
This is exactly what I needed. My plan today was to get myself into contention for tomorrow and I managed to do it. I had aimed to shoot four-under on the front nine but I did one better than that so I told myself to just stick to my game plan and keep playing like that and more opportunities will come.
The last two rounds were quite similar, in terms of playing conditions. I was a little bit unlucky on the first day playing in the rain in the afternoon for the entire round. But I still managed a 68 on the first day. I am happy with where I am right now.
My game is in a good shape and it’s anyone’s game now. I will just play my game tomorrow. Whatever happens, happens. There is still plenty of golf to go. It would mean everything to me to win this event tomorrow. I have only won once on the Asian Tour.
It will be nice to win on home soil again. I believe I have the game. I took advantage of the par-fives today. This is the lowest score I have ever played on this course.
I told my good friend Timothy Low in the morning that I feel there’s something good coming up. I just had to go as low as I can because I know the other guys are going to tear down the course.
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 201 (-15)
I didn’t take my chances today. I am not hitting my long-irons too good. All the par-fives today, I sought of laid up to the front of the greens and made up and downs for birdies. It was just a strategy of mine. I didn’t want to take too much risks today and I did that.
The course is getting drier I think, conditions are much better today. The fairways have improved a lot. The greens are always good here, if not for the rain this week.
I will be glad if I can continue to do the same thing for the final round tomorrow. It’s good to be in this position for tomorrow. There are a lot of good players in contention so everybody has a chance tomorrow. I will stick to my game plan and continue to do what I have done today and yesterday.
Micah Lauren Shin (Usa) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 202 (-14)
I was kind of disappointed with my round yesterday because I wasn’t putting well and I didn’t play my wedges really well too. But today, I hit it a little bit better and I just keep hitting the fairways and gave myself a lot of chances for birdies.
I hope I can putt better tomorrow. I told myself to forget about what happened yesterday and focus on today’s round. I went to the range after the round yesterday and hit a lot of wedges shots. I changed a new putter today actually. I have a different putter in my bag today.
I took out my rescue and put in my three-iron which kind of worked for me today. It’s going to be the same game plan for me tomorrow. I am just going to focus on hitting fairways and greens and keep making putts.
Arnond Vongvanij (Tha) – Third Round 70 (-2), Total 202 (-14)
It was very hot out there today. I got tired on my back nine. I was just trying to stay hydrated. My goal for today was to hang in there and stay in contention to give myself a chance tomorrow. I did just that and there’s still one more round to go.
My putting helped me a lot today. I had a lot of good par saves. If I can keep putting like how I did today and keep hitting the greens, I should be able to do well tomorrow. I will play aggressively when I can and stay consecutive when I should tomorrow. It just depends on the situations.
I wouldn’t play any differently from how I played the last three days. I think the pressure will definitely be there when you are in contention, it doesn’t matter if you are hoping to win for the first time or the second time. The pressure will be there for everyone.
I will just try to stick to my game plan and make aggressive swings at my target. That’s what I want to do. I want to be able to putt where I want to and hopefully it will go in. I am hitting the ball much better now. Tomorrow, it’s going to come down to whether I trust my swing or not and trust he hardwork which I have put in for the last one and a half years.
I just want to stick to that and not revert to my old swing. If I can do that, it’s mission accomplished for me.
Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) – Third Round 63 (-9), Total 202 (-14)
I putted really well today. Everything was good for me. My caddy helped me a lot too. I sank the birdie putt from about 35 feet on the 10th hole and I think it was the highlight for me today. I had a good finish in Indonesia a few weeks ago so I am hoping to better that result this week.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 203 (-13)
I shot a 69 today and I think it’s still alright. It’s a good round actually although I missed a couple of putts. I was hitting the ball really well but I just can’t seem to make any putts, especially on my front nine.
I am only two shots behind so I still have a chance to win tomorrow. We will see how it goes. I will stick to the same game plan tomorrow.
Gavin Green (Mas) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 205 (-11)
It’s a great event. I won the ADT event here last year but on a different course. The courses are great here. It’s in a great shape despite the amount of rain we got this week. I had some good memories coming back to Manila Southwoods although I won on the other course.
You can try and go lows as possible out there but at the same time, you can’t be too aggressive. I haven’t been too strong in my par-fives this week but I hope I can capitalize on it tomorrow.