#RoyalCupAT – Round 3 what they said

Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Third Round 66 (-5), Total 201 (-12)

I was playing my own game and Shiv (Kapur) was playing his own game. We have known each other for a long time. Shiv was playing well and didn’t make many mistakes. Even myself, I’m playing well too. I hope that it’ll be good fun tomorrow.

Especially this week, I’m hitting my irons pretty good. I was able to control the distance well. As I’ve mentioned, you’ve got to stay pin high at this course. The green is typically soft on the front nine and hard at the back nine.

I had two tough shots. At the 13th (where he scored a birdie), I had to hit it high from the rough so that the ball can stop on the green. That one worked out well. At the 15th, I left about four to five yards short of the hole from the bunker.

I’m going to stick with my game plan tomorrow. I’ll go shot by shot. Shiv is playing well, I’m playing well. I’ll just go out and enjoy. Having a two-shot advantage is nothing in golf these days. I’m just going to try my best to win.

Shiv Kapur and Prom Meesawat

Shiv Kapur and Prom Meesawat

Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Third Round 68 (-3), Total 203 (-10)

I played great today. He (Prom) didn’t make many mistakes. He left the door opened once or twice, but I didn’t capitalise on it. Every time I made a birdie, he seemed to make a birdie as well. He played a solid back nine and he seemed to pull away a bit.

I told my caddie at the 18th tee, if I can birdie the last and close the gap to two shots, that can give me a better chance for a win. It’s a big difference between being two shots back and three shots back.

The birdie on 12th was the turning point of my round today. If I missed and he made the birdie, as it would widen the gap.

I’m not trying to get into a match play situation. Perhaps, if it’s the last few holes tomorrow and it’s a similar situation as today then maybe, you can look at that.

I’ve known Prom since the junior days and I’ve played with him in the last 15 to 20 years. I have a lot of respect for his game. He’s a fantastic player and he’s not going to hand me the tournament. I’m going to have to go out and work hard for it. With a birdie at the last hole, I have a better chance.

It’ll be a fun battle if I can score some birdies on the front nine and put some pressure on him.

Poom Saksansin (Tha) – Third Round 68 (-3), Total 207 (-6)

Poom Saksansin of Thailand

Poom Saksansin of Thailand

Today I had a mistake, but it was a good mistake. I tried to lay up at the fifth hole, but it hooked to the pin and I made a birdie there.

Another good hole was the 10th. I had a good birdie chance, but I missed it. It was simply too difficult. The green was quite sloppy and I didn’t give it enough allowance.

Overall, I’m happy because I played well today. The weather is hot today, but in a good way. The winds are strong and the back nine is firmer than the front nine. The pins are still as tough as ever, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Third Round 69 (-2), Total 207 (-6)

It was a bit of a yo-yo round and there were lots of ups and downs during the day.

I did make six birdies today, but I’ve also made some bad shots which led to bogeys. But otherwise, I drove the ball well like I did the last two rounds, kept the ball in play at pretty much all the holes and I gave myself plenty of birdie opportunities. I made some par saves at the end but otherwise, it was a decent round.

I started the round pretty well with two consecutive birdies. The other highlight was my second shot on the eighth. I was 92 yards from the stick. I took a sand wedge, hit the ball from the rough and it went in.

I’m looking forward to having a good low round on Sunday.

Antonio Lascuna (Phi) – Third Round 69 (-2), Total 208 (-5)

Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines

Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines

I had a good first nine. I hit the ball well, putted well. I had a good feeling and thought that I can make a good chance at closing on the leader. Although, I lost my focus after the turn.

My shoulder problem kicked in during the back nine. I got it on Monday during the practice round. Although, it was alright at the start of the round, but after nine holes, the pain came.

I was hanging on though. Bogeyed 11th, Bogeyed 15th. I had good drives at those holes. But my second shot, I try to avoid making a divot as the impact would hurt my shoulder. I’m happy with two under today.

 

Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) – Third Round 70 (-1), Total 208 (-5)

Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand

Namchok Tantipokhakul of Thailand

I found the conditions of the front nine much easier than the back nine, and my scores reflected that. Front nine greens are soft and the back nine greens are harder and faster.

I played well at the sixth. It’s very popular with golfers today. I hit a driver, pitched in and scored an eagle.

At the back nine, I bogeyed the 15th and 18th. I also missed birdie at both par five holes. My short game wasn’t on point.

Raththee Siritanakunsak (Tha) – Third Round 70 (-1), Total 208 (-5)

I played well on the front nine with an eagle on a par-5 hole. I also had two birdies and saved par on a tough hole (ninth). I dropped only one shot. But the back nine was different as I didn’t hit the ball very well and didn’t give myself too many opportunities.

For tomorrow it’s going to be the same plan for me. I am just going to focus on hitting fairways and greens and keep making putts.

Raththee Sirithanakunsak of Thailand

Raththee Sirithanakunsak of Thailand