MMO Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 19 Apr 2014

MMO Rd 3 What They Said

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LEE WESTWOOD (ENG) – THIRD ROUND 71 (-1), TOTAL 202 (-14)
Q: Give us your thoughts on today?
A: It was tricky out there. I didn’t play as well as I did the first two days, but there were some difficult flags and it was really hot. That’s as hot as I’ve been on a golf course for quite some time. It was a real grind. I was leaking out there a little bit.
Q: How hard is it physically and mentally when it’s this hot?
A: Yeah you can get glazed up and lose your concentration quite easily. But I’m leading going into the last round so I’m quite happy with that.
Q:  At one point you were leading by five but the chasing pack kept on your tail. Were you aware of that?
A: No, not really. I was just happy to get done before the storm.
Q: And your thoughts for the final round?
A: Well it’ll be hot again, so I’ll just have to try to keep control of my swing, the ball and my emotions. It’s easy to get wound up when it’s as hot and humid as this.
Q: How did you like the way the course was set up today?
A: Pretty good, mainly. I thought there were a few flags that were a bit tricky, right on the edge. All in all it’s a decent golf course.
ANDY SULLIVAN (ENG) – THIRD ROUND 66 (-6), TOTAL 203 (-13)
Must feel pretty good with your round?
I didn’t look at the leaderboard until I finished. I’ll just do the same on the last day and see where it leads me.
Seven birdies on the card, which one pleased you most?
It was all quite satisfying. I just played good again and tried to limit my mistakes. I only made one mistake but I got it back straight away. I just played really good and I’m delighted with my finish.
Was it difficult to focus with the heat?
I felt myself getting a bit tired coming up on 15 and 16. I had a couple of sloppy swings in there but I didn’t drop any shots. I holed a good putt on 16 to keep the momentum going. It was tough out there to keep your concentration but I’m glad my adrenaline kept me going.
Thoughts going into the final round?
I’ve been playing good golf so I’ll go out there and play like how I’ve been playing. Hopefully I can play good golf and catch the leader.
JULIEN QUESNE (FRA) – THIRD ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 206 (-10)
It was a strange back nine for you?
Yes I hit a few bad shots on 12 and 13 for two bogeys. But I recovered well with three birdies so it is fine!
Which birdies were most pleasing for you?
The one on 14 because it came just after the two bogeys.
Had a nice run on the front nine with four straight birdies?
The first three holes were not so good for me but I birdied four in a row which was good.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI (IND) – THIRD ROUND 66 (-6), TOTAL 210 (-6)
I’m happy, really happy with how I played. I’ve been playing good the last two days, just wasn’t making putts. I came out and just putted much better. I’ve been working on it and it’s nice to have that improved. Probably trying a bit too hard the last two rounds and just relaxed a little bit playing with Rashid Khan and Pariya Junhasavasdikul today. It was a great day.
KLGCC is always tricky. The greens can be very deceptive. The greens are slightly slower this year and the grass is slightly longer than usual. The speeds have changed and the lines have changed. You need a bit of adjustments and it’s quite tricky. I’ve been working on somethings with my coach and I’ve stuck to it.
Last couple of days, I was trying too hard, trying a bit too hard. I was anxious and wanted very badly to make everything. I was getting in my own way a little bit and it was nice to play nicely today.
I’m happy with how I’m hitting it. Hit 16 greens today and 15 yesterday. Hopefully my ball striking stays that way and it’ll come down to putting. Hopefully I can make a few tomorrow.
Today was quite hot. The last couple of days was good by Malaysian standards. It was overcast and quite windy which is quite odd. We are used to playing in still conditions but the temperature has been down. But we’ve been lucky with the weather with only one delay all week. But today was quite hot.
PRAYAD MARKSAENG (THA) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 211 (-5)
It was very hot out there today. I missed four or five easy putts. The greens were tricky today. My ball was always in two lines, and it was difficult to read the right putts. One more day tomorrow. I lost some power as it was tough conditions. I was drinking one bottle of water in every two holes. I’m going for some Korean food this evening, so hopefully will get my power back. My swing feels okay, so hope to finish strong tomorrow.
THONGCHAI JAIDEE (THA) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 212 (-4)
I played okay but I was feeling a bit tired because I came back from the United States early this week. I had to play two rounds in the morning and I didn’t have enough time to rest. The weather is so hot as well here so it takes a lot of energy out of you.
I didn’t play good enough on the first day but I guess that set the tone for the week. I have no chance to win so I will accept a top-10 finish but I have to play really well to achieve that goal.
NICHOLAS FUNG (MAS) – THIRD ROUND 73 (+1), TOTAL 216 (EVEN PAR)
I’m happy to be playing in the weekend. Overall I’m hitting it good and I made some putts. I practised on my putting this morning because I wasn’t holing the putts yesterday. My driving was a bit off as well. I need to go to the range and hit some shots to correct my mistakes.
It rained early in the week and the greens were softer. Now the greens are firmer so the course is playing more difficult. I played my own game in the second round and everything went well. However I was very aggressive today and it didn’t seem to work.
I want to go as low as I can in the final round and try to finish inside the top-10. I don’t think it is a good idea to be aggressive in the last round. Like today on the 14th hole I tried to go for the green but I didn’t reach and my shot went into the water. Thankfully I managed to save par.
I will play it safe on the final round. I think it will be easier for me to get birdie. This is the first time I’m making the cut so I don’t want to put too much expectation on myself on the last day. I just want to have fun.
Ends.