#RWMMasters-Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 21 Nov 2015

#RWMMasters-Rd 3 What They Said

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Manila, November 21: Read what players are saying following the penultimate round of the US$1 million Resorts World Manila Masters on Saturday.
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) – Third round 68 (-4), Total (-14)
How does it feel?
I feel pretty good because as I said yesterday, I’ve done this. I was leading after two rounds in Macao and I couldn’t handle the pressure and I just dropped it really bad in the third round and managed to come back in the last round. In Manila here, I think I’ve done a good job. I have my target and goals done. I’m happy with it.
How did you bounce back from Macao?
After the third round, I knew that the tempo and pressure wasn’t good. I guess it was not enough experience. I came here and I’ve been tied for the lead since two rounds and today before I play, I just told myself to give myself a chance and do better.
I’ll go back and email my coach (Dave Stockton) and talk to him about it and hopefully he can build my confidence more and come back tomorrow and enjoy this love course.
What would a win mean to you?
It would mean a lot. This is my third year on the Asian Tour and I’ve played with many good players. I’ve told everyone back home that I still need experience. I’m not trying to push myself too hard. Just do my best tomorrow.
What were some of the things you we redoing to stay calm?
My coach always told me to keep the good things in my head. Even with the mistakes in Macao, I just told myself that I still have so many chance to be the leader and why do I need to be scared of? I just told myself that this week. So I don’t feel so much pressure although there’s still pressure but it’s not like that in Macao.
Three birdies in last five holes, you must have been happy with the strong finish?
Really? I didn’t really noticed. I just played my game. I didn’t even mark my score for the last five holes as I was focussed a lot. Come to the scoring room and I did my card. I was really focussed and concentrated well. I didn’t think of anything. Just thinking of getting onto the greens and having a putt.
Holed from about 10 to 12 feet on 14, 15 and 17.
What will you be your mindset on the first tee tomorrow?
Try to keep to what my coach has been telling me, keep my foot on the gas, don’t let the foot leave the guys and just enjoy the ride. I like this course, I love it and I think I’ll enjoy it tomorrow.
What are the happy thoughts that you fall back on?
Sometimes I walk fast and my caddie will say “Hey boss, you’re a little under pressure and he’ll order a song name and ask me to sing to him. That makes me relaxed and not so much pressure. I sung Autograph and Just the way you are. Only English songs as my caddie doesn’t understand Chinese !
Jbe Kruger (Rsa) – Third round 69 (-3), Total 203 (-10)
Eagle on 15 was the most satisfying part of the round?
Definitely, just to make a putt there was good. I’m playing well but not making any putts.
How has the swing changes impacted the game?
I’ve not really changed, no coach at the moment. Just me and my caddie trying to make it more clear for myself with my swing.
What will help you focus tomorrow?
Faith, that’s probably the biggest one. You can try as hard as you want but if it’s not your destiny, if it not God’s will, you won’t win. One shot at a time.
What would a win mean?
An awful lot. It’s been a tough couple of years. It would really mean a lot to me. I’ve battled the last two years, so it would mean a lot to me.
What has been the key this week to your good run?
I’m just hitting the ball really well. I think I’ve just missed two greens today and I’m inside 15 feet on every hole. Like I said, I’m literally not making anything. To have a score, and still on 13 under and not making any putts, that’s amazing. You’ve got to hit it well.
Was that a missed opportunity on 18?
Definitely. I was in between a four or five iron there. And the number said four, my gut said five. Now wait? I thought I’d trust the number but I guess trust your gut.
Important day tomorrow considering your status in Europe and Asia?
It probably will. I will never see it that way. Like I always say, God never makes a mistake and He never loses control. Whatever is supposed to happen will happen.
Are you in control of your game?
I would say pretty much 80 %. Hitting fairways and greens. Just need the putter hot. Just need to get the distance better. I’m a bit off. The confidence is not that great that I’m not giving it a run. Maybe I’ll change my routine a fraction, just to get the ball rolling better off the putter face.
Lee Chieh-po (Tpe) – Third Round 71 (-1), Total 205 (-11)
I was really nervous at the start. This is my first time playing in the last group. I didn’t expect myself to be so nervous but when I stepped up to the tee, I can’t help but feel really nervous! My body wasn’t stiff. I just felt like my brain wasn’t functioning properly. My mind’s a blank!
Although I made three straight bogeys from the start, I wasn’t angry with myself at all. I told myself I cannot go on like that. I bounced back with two consecutive chip-in birdies after that. That made me feel better. I thought I was really lucky. Those two birdies were not easy to chip. I thought it will be good enough if I can chip and save par but I chipped it in for birdies, two in a row!
That got my confidence back a little bit because I know I was not too far off and I was not worried. I told myself I will have the chance to fight back in the remaining of the round. I focused on every shot after that. But coming to the last, I thought I got a bit too relaxed and wasn’t concentrating well enough. I was very clear that I can’t hit it to the right because of the water hazard. But I still hit it there.
It was a mistake actually but it was alright. I think not being able to play my best today has a lot to do with my lack of experience. It’s my first time playing in the final group. But I’m still happy with where I stand right now.
I told myself to stay calm and just enjoy the game out there. I wasn’t angry when I made that three bogeys but I got a little angry when I realized I’m not in the right state of mind. I asked myself ‘what am I doing?’ and I managed to calm myself down after that.
My iron-shots were not as good as the last two days. I guess being nervous has affected my game a lot. It was still as windy as the last two days. After playing 18 holes today, I have actually got used to the feeling of being in contention. I thought it might be better that I won’t be playing in the final group tomorrow!
I will try and play my best tomorrow.
Natipong Srithong (Tha) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 206 (-10)
This is my best 18-hole score ever. I am really pleased with how I played today. I bogeyed the par-three fifth but recovered strongly with five birdies in a row after that. That got my momentum going and I was feeling confident of shooting a low score out there. That was the turning point for me and I felt really good.
Last week in Singapore, the golf course was so difficult. But I was hitting the ball very good. I got into contention and that experience taught me a lot. I know I can play well and I can be amongst the leaders. I will try my best tomorrow and try to win this tournament.
I am playing on sponsors’ invite this week and I have no playing status on the Asian Tour yet. That has been pushing me to play well. I want to try and win to earn my playing rights on the Asian Tour. This is my first time playing on this course and first time playing in this tournament.
The course is in great conditions but the winds are blowing strong. It was really challenging out there. I told myself not to get ahead of myself and keep to my own momentum. I focused shot by shot and just stick to my own game.
I sank a really long putt for birdie on seventh from about 30 feet and that was my highlight for the day. I feel really motivated to play well now, knowing that I can actually be in the mix.
Carlos Pigem (Esp) – Third round 67 (-5), Total 203 (-10)
Today I played really good, especially on the front nine with four birdies. Then I made some mistakes with my second shots but made some great up and downs and then I made birdie on 18 so I’m really happy with the round. No bogeys, especially with this wind is tough. When we were on 12, the winds were blowing really hard. It was a tough day.
I haven’t seen the leaderboard since the last hole but I see that I’m now only one behind. I’m in a great position for tomorrow and I’m very excited. Will try my best. No strategy for tomorrow, play aggressive when I have to play aggressive and play conservative when I have to play conservative. Tomorrow, you have to make as many putts as you can to win the tournament. Right now, I have no regrets coming over at the last minute from the European Tour Qualifying Round but still one more round to go.
I thought the jetlag would affect me but after the first round, I felt really good and I was impressed about that. I’ve felt good the last two days too. Maybe it’s the adrenalin of playing well that’s keeping me going.
Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 207 (-9)
It wasn’t as good as I expected it to be today. I had a good four birdies in a row before the turn but I didn’t manage to capitalize on that. I thought I should have finished way better than this, maybe like a 63 which I shot last year at least.
I missed a lot of birdie putts today which was really disappointing. I missed a couple of short putts for pars as well, especially on the last. I’m happy to stay in the mix right now although I should have played like two or three shots better.
I will try and clear my mind for tomorrow.
Sukree Othman (Mas) – Third Round 68 (-4), Total 207 (-9)
I have been putting well the whole week, today as well. I three-putted one hole today though but overall, it was really good. I think your short game must be sharp to play well on this golf course. Of course, you have to try and hit the fairways too. It is my first time playing in this tournament so I am very happy with where I stand right now.
This is only my second Asian Tour event this season. I have played mainly on my local Tour where I just won a title last week. That gave me a bit of confidence coming here. It was pretty windy out there. I am happy with how I held up my game. The course is in a great condition. I am happy to put myself in the mix.
This is seventh straight tournament. I am glad I am still playing well. I will try and keep my momentum for tomorrow and hopefully I can do better.
S.S.P Chawrasia (Ind) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 207 (-9)
I played very good today. I didn’t make any bogeys which was great. I am very happy. I made a 30-footer for birdie on par-four 11th which got my game going. I missed a few putts for birdies out there but I saved a lot for pars as well. Overall, it was a good round.
It was less windy when I played today actually, compared to the last two rounds. My playing partner, Sam Brazel, also shot a 67 today. I think both of us kind of rub off the good vibes from each other, which was good. I am looking forward to tomorrow now that I’ve put myself in the mix. I will try my best again tomorrow.
Sam Brazel (Aus) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 207 (-9)
I hit it a lot better today. I didn’t hit the ball very well yesterday. It’s great to get back to form again. Looking forward to the final round tomorrow. I managed to hit it close a few times and made a few putts which was nice.
The greens are very good. It was windy at the start but after that it was alright. I am happy with the way that I am playing right now. I am hitting the ball good. I just want to keep doing what I can do. I will just go out there and have fun tomorrow. We will see how it goes.
Angelo Que (Phi) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 208 (-8)
It wasn’t windy today, compared to the last two rounds. I am hitting the ball better too. I guess I was thinking better out there today. Also, less wind helped. It was really windy the last two days. Playing with less wind today made it much easier. That was one reason why I’m playing better.
I almost chipped it in for eagle on the last hole 18th. My best birdie is probably on the par-three fifth where I putted in from the fringe about 30-feet away.
I am happy to put myself in the mix. If I can shoot a very good round tomorrow, I might have the chance to win. You never know.
I switched back to my own style of putting which I have used long time ago but haven’t used it lately and it kind of worked for me. I am focusing more on my shoulders when I roll in the putt. The birdie putt on 11th was about 10-feet.
The scores are bunched up. It’s less windy but the pin positions are tougher today I thought. There's still a lot to catch up tomorrow.