#MaybankChampionship Rd 3 – What they said

February 3: Here’s what the players have to say after round 3 of the Maybank Championship.

Dylan Frittelli (Rsa) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 201 (-15)

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa

Dylan Frittelli of South Africa

It was a good round. I started off a bit slow but some good birdies during the middle part of the round and that kept me going. I said it yesterday, just patience on the greens. I think a lot of the guys are getting frustrated with the greens and I’m just trying to stay as positive as I can, and just try and speak to them nice and get the ball to go in the hole. I don’t normally get animated but I just thought those two putts were going in and that’s why I kind had a reaction there but I’m just going to try keep doing that, get as close as I can and roll the putt in and see what happens at the end of tomorrow. It is super bunched. A lot of Japanese guys up there, a few other Spanish guys, Jorge played great today with me and I’m not sure if we will be drawn together tomorrow but I’m excited to mix it up.

Jorge Campillo (Esp) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 201 (-15)

It was good. I played solid for most of the round. I had a few tough holes but I managed to make the putts so overall I played solid. It is a good day. (Eagle on hole 1) I hit a perfect driver and a nice six iron to about four or five metres and made that one. Always nice to start with eagle. I’m really looking forward to tomorrow. It is a nice position to be and I’m excited.

Berry Henson of USA

Berry Henson of USA

Berry Henson (Usa) – Third Round 65 (-7), Total 202 (-14)

I played great today, you know, I still have one more day, I feel great and my game is good. I am just enjoying playing golf again. (On the double bogey) I played a pretty safe shot and it came out swirly out of the rough and didn’t save bogey. But I knew I had a couple of birdie holes coming up so I wasn’t too worried about it. (On the eagles) On the first hole, I hit a bomb drive down the middle of the fairway, had about 215 meters, perfect 4-iron for me to the green and just stuck it to five feet and made that putt. On the 18th  hole , I hit a nice drive about down the right side and got a good bounce to the middle of the fairway, had 225 meters to the hole and I hit a 5-iron cut around the trees and got it to about 10 feet and with an easy putt. I put in a lot of work after I got injured. I am super excited to be back on the Asian tour and to play again. After this week I think I’m going to need a long break since I have been playing a lot of golf since the start of the season.

Khalin Joshi (Ind) – Third Round 65 (-7), Total 202 (-14)

I feel good to play a bogey-free Saturday. I haven’t seen a Saturday in two week so I was really excited to go out there and post a good number. I’ve been making small errors lately but I found some form going into Thursday so I’m feeling good. Things are turning around and the results are showing. I’m driving the ball well and I’m holing the four, five footer putts. My short game and driving are really showing good results. It is a bunched up leaderboard so you want to go out there and shoot a low number. It was good to have the start I did. It made me loose a bit. (On the eagle) I hit it short of the green but I hit a perfect chip from about 20 yards into the hole. I had about 237 yards to the hole and I hit a hybrid. I’m really looking forward to the final 18 holes because my game has finally showed up.

Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 203 (-13)

Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand

Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand

I’m very happy because I changed to a new driver and putter on Friday. I’m happy that I changed my putter because the head is heavier. It helps with the putting. The driver has also helped me find more fairways. You need straight drivers here to have a good score. I’ve been struggling with the putter in the last two weeks so that’s why I decided to change.

Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) – Third Round 63 (-9), Total 203(-13)

I came back pretty nicely, I am just so happy to be playing in the weekend rounds and anything can happen if you make the cut. I have no idea how I played so well but I’m glad it happened. My tee shots were key and I was very confident in my driver. The course fits me very well distance wise and the green speed is not too bad. I didn’t see the scoreboard during the round and I was so surprised, I just kept giving myself more birdie opportunities. I know everyone is going low on this course and I just want to make sure that my goal stays the same and focus on each shot.

ShivKapur (Ind) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 204 (-12)

I started off well was hitting it pretty solid, it was breezy today and some of the longer holes played into the wind. We’ve had two calm days and coming out today with completely different conditions was a challenge. But I felt like I played well, I was 6-under through 12 holes and I made a couple of birdies and the birdie on the last was good. But would have been nice to go 15-under which was the number I had in my mind. After hole 13 I was pushing it a bit hard, and was trying a little too hard, overall there was more good than bad so I will take the position I am in.

Gavin Green (Mas) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 206 (-10)

Gavin Green of Malaysia

Gavin Green of Malaysia

It was an up and down round again. I had some good tee shots but they were not a 100%. I grinded very well and made some good up-and-downs. I finished strong at the end so overall it was a good round. I’m still within striking distance. Everybody is bunched up so if I can go out and shoot as many birdies as possible, I will have a good chance. I’m disappointed not to shoot a low round but at the same time we are still within striking distance. If I can get off to a good start then I think we will be right in the mix. I won’t do anything crazy because if you are in the rough, it can punish you. I want to keep the ball on the fairway as much as I can and when the birdie opportunities come, I will take it.