#UBSHKOpen Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 10 Dec 2016

#UBSHKOpen Rd 3 What They Said

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Sam Brazel (Aus) – Third Round 67 (-3), Total 199 (-11)
Q. You must be thrilled with that?
SAM BRAZEL: Yeah, was fun out there. Started a little nervous on the first but I guess that's the situation you're in. Felt the nerves a little bit at lunch time. Just sort of grounded out and it was fun out there.
Q. The back nine, that must have been some of your best golf all year?
SAM BRAZEL: Close, yeah. I've played really nice in the third round of Aussie PGA and that sort of sparked me on a little bit. So, yeah, it's nice to be putting it together on the back nine on a Saturday. So yeah, it's good fun.
Q. Sort of uncharted territory for you, a tournament of this magnitude. How have you approached tomorrow?
Sam Brazel of Australia Sam Brazel of Australia
SAM BRAZEL: Same as every other day. Just one shot at a time and try and enjoy the moment. Yeah, just plug away.
Q. You said you're feeling a bit nervous. Why was that, just because of the position you were in?
SAM BRAZEL: Just a little bit nervous on the first. We all get a bit nervous. It's good to have nerves I think.
Q. Are you confident going into the final day with your first chance at winning?
SAM BRAZEL: I won't speculate on that. I'll just go play one shot at a time and see what happens.
Q. What's going to be important for you to do tomorrow when you step on the first tee?
SAM BRAZEL: Try and control the nerves a little better than I did today. Just enjoy it. Enjoy the atmosphere of it all and just take it all in. It's been fun.
Q. When did you sort of get the nerves under control today? Was it a particular shot or a particular hole?
SAM BRAZEL: I think it was pretty much over after the first hole. Just hit a bit of a slack tee shot there on the first in the bunker, but that's the way it goes. It's golf.
Q. Did today help you get a little bit for tomorrow, playing in the last group again with Rafa?
SAM BRAZEL: I think it will. I had a great day with Rafa out there today. He's a really nice bloke and got a hell of a golf game. It will be interesting to see how it pans out tomorrow.
Q. What would it mean for you, if you do take it on tomorrow?
SAM BRAZEL: It would mean the world. But once again, there's 18 holes to go and I'm just going to approach it one shot at a time and try and enjoy the moment. Just learn from the experience I guess.
Q. It must be quite exciting, playing with a Ryder Cup player?
SAM BRAZEL: Yeah, it's great to be in the lead of a tournament I guess. Just enjoy it and enjoy what it is.
Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain Rafa Cabrera Bello of Spain
Rafa Cabrera-Bello (Esp) – Third Round 70 (E), Total 199 (-11)
Q. Up-and-down day for you today, what did you make of it?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Yeah, exactly like you say. Today, my score has all colours of the rainbow in it. There's been a lot of positives and a lot of negatives. I got off to a good start after the bogey on the first but birdies on 2,3 and 5 is kind of what I was looking for.
But silly bogeys on 6, 7, they ruined a little bit of the tone of the day. I was trying to find a stable day where I was just playing solid like I had these past two days. Staying patient, waiting for the birdies to come and I end up going up-and-down all day. I mean, a good thing, the best thing, is I'm still in it. I'm still leading. Of course it would have been nicer to have a few to spare but I still would have needed to play great tomorrow and I'm still in a position.
Q. An unfortunate 14th hole, probably thought you should have got a drop, but what are you thinking on 15 after that unfortunate double-bogey?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Well, obviously that wasn't cool. I was not very happy with how I played the hole. I took a risk and it didn't work out. Obviously every shot I hit was a little poor, but then, I don't know, I've done other double-bogeys before.
Obviously I was still in a good position. I was trailing by one, so I just had to hang in there. Holed a really long one on 15 and that helped. But really, what you think is just forget about it, focus on your routine, because the more you think about it, the worse it's going to get. And trust me, it can always get worse. So just I fought back hard and put myself tied for the lead again.
Q. You look like you're having a lot of fun with your playing partner, Sam Brazel?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Yeah, he's a great guy. I only met him today. We chatted a bit. He's a really cool guy and we did enjoy the round.
Q. What's going to win tomorrow?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: What's going to win? I don't know. I couldn't tell you a number. Probably Sam and I have a say in it, if either of us play good, the others are going to struggle a bit, but then there's a couple guys, I think Tommy and David perhaps, just three and four shots back, so they could have a say. I don't know, it could be 12; it could be 16, so within that area.
It didn't happen exactly what I wanted. I was looking for a more controlled round like I did the first two days, as good as those two. But I didn't want to be bouncing back and forth with bogeys and birdies, not what I was looking for, but it's what I had to deal with today. In the end, not the score I wanted but it's not a bad score at all. I'm still tied for the lead and with all my options open for tomorrow.
Q. You had quite a nasty double-bogey at that point, but then recovered with a birdie. Is it tough to keep your concentration out there?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: It wasn't cool to make the double, of course. I took a risk and it didn't pay out for me. It's happened before and unfortunately it will happen again, also. We just need to stay focused and focus on what we need to do, and that's the best way to bounce back strongly and I did that. I played a good hole and rolled a fantastic putt.
That kind of helped me a little because I didn't really feel I deserved to trail back that much. So those two birdies in the end to get me back to tied for the lead have been very nice, yeah.
Q. You must be delighted where you are end of today.
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: Delighted isn't the word. I'm relatively satisfied, I would say. It wasn't my goal at the beginning. My goal was trying to hopefully play as good as I had the first two days. Ideally pull off a few clear from the rest of the guys; I didn't manage to do that. I had a tough day. I didn't find my rhythm so good. I didn't find the serenity that I had played with the first couple days, so struggled with bogeys and birdies.
Still, lots of positives. I made six birdies, which are a lot. I just made way too many mistakes, and hopefully I got rid of all of them for tomorrow.
Q. So consistent the first few days, first couple of days, virtually no mistakes at all tee-to-green. Today obviously you made a few more. What was the difference today, do you feel?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: I don't know. I swing the same obviously. Swings don't change from one day to another. Just golf is a weird sport. Sometimes things happen that they just affect your rhythm or your confidence a tiny bit, and you end up struggling.
Some of the bogeys I made, I hit good shots and they didn't quite -- got into bad positions. For example, on No. 9, I hit a good tee shot and ended up just going through the fairway and I got a flyer lie from there.
That's golf. I mean, sometimes it looks very easy and sometimes it looks very tough. Today it looked a bit tougher.
Q. How nervous are you going into tomorrow?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: I'm not nervous. I've been joint leader, I've been leading by myself many times and looking forward for that third win. It's a very common position for me. I'm just confident. I played really good golf this week so far, and I'm hitting, especially my irons, I'm hitting very good.
I'm feeling very confident. So if I can start tomorrow good again and find the calmness that I had the first two days and feel as calm and relaxed as I was on the course, just in control of my game, I think I will be in very good position for tomorrow.
Q. How about the prospects of going out with Sam tomorrow?
RAFA CABRERA-BELLO: It's fine. I only met him today. He's a very nice guy. The little we talked today on the course, it was very nice. He seems very humble and very fine gentleman. I'm looking forward to playing with him. He played some excellent golf himself, too, so tomorrow will be a very exciting day.
Tommy Fleetwood (Eng) – Third Round 67 (-3), Total 201 (-9)
Q. After a solid day, painful way to end?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: Yeah, bad position off the tee. Still had a decent shot at it. I just needed to draw an iron and I didn't. Hit the chip, hit the putt, made 5. I played great all day. I really hardly missed a shot. It's out of position off the tee and I didn't really get it in position after. The rest of it was really good.
Q. How do you feel for tomorrow?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: I'd like to be a bit better but yeah, I think the way the course sets up, margins are so small, so yeah, I'm still going to have to go out there and play well and make some birdies probably. But I think, yeah, I think the margins are so small that anybody from 5- , 6-under could win tomorrow.
Q. You did have a beautiful eagle on 13. Tell us about that.
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: My juices were flowing at the time. I was feeling great. Ripped my tee shot and I said walking off the tee, I said, let's eagle this. Got up there and had like the perfect yardage with a 5-wood, and 5-wood is my favourite club. I just hit a good shot and had a six-footer and holed that one. I had missed a few putts really up until that point and the more I missed, the more I was getting pumped up, and I just played that hole great.
Q. Are you going to be aggressive tomorrow?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: Just play the same really. You can't be aggressive at all around the course. It's very difficult. I think you can -- I've never been here before, but judging from the practice rounds and when I played, the minute you try and just push that little bit too hard around here, I think that's when you get caught out.
You don't have to be aggressive; you have to hit in the fairway, and you can make birdies because you can control your second shot into the green, and generally, you want to be below the hole. You don't have that many long irons, and you have mid to short irons in and from there you can give yourself chances. But you have to be in the fairway. I think just stick to the same game plan and hopefully hit it the same.
Q. How important would it be for your career to win this tomorrow?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: Well, it would be great, wouldn't it. I haven't won for a long time, and last year -- I had a year out of the game really. I was playing dreadful from mid 2015 to mid this year. So I've sort of been on a path since August, if you like, getting my game back.
Q. Injury?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: No, just playing dreadful. Just rubbish. My game's been coming back and I've had some good results towards the end of the year.
Yeah, it would be great to win. Golf-wise it would be great to start the year and finish the year, if you like, with a win. It would be great.
Q. What did you change or work on to get over that?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: I went back to my old coach and I've had one of my best mates on the bag since July pretty much. Things have just turned around. I've worked hard. We had to do some changes and we had to put a lot of hours into it, and sometimes when you're doing it all and you're shooting 78 in The Open first round, you just think, what's the point.
But it began to show, and I've been having a nice time on the course. Like I say, caddie and coach have made the biggest difference and I've been enjoying my job again.
Q. What you're saying about the play style, you can't be aggressive around here; does that go against your normal style, or are you having to restrain yourself or does that suit you?
TOMMY FLEETWOOD: I don't mind really. Just happy hitting golf shots. Wherever the golf shot is, I'm happy hitting it. I love courses like this. This is honestly one of the best courses I've played on Tour. Just shows, you don't have to have length.
It just sets up great, and if you don't play well, I mean, luckily I've had three days of hitting it pretty well, but if you don't hit it well, you're going to get caught out straightaway. I've got another day where I have to hit it well but I think the course is great.
David Lipsky (Usa) – Third Round 66 (-4), Total 202 (-8)
David Lipsky of the USA David Lipsky of the USA
Q. Thoughts on shooting a 66 on moving day?
DAVID LIPSKY: It was really good. I took advantage of my opportunities today and hit the ball well. I hit the ball terrible yesterday, so it was nice to see some solid shots today.
Q. That back nine was interesting, as well. Slipped up, but got it all back together.
DAVID LIPSKY: Rub of the green. I hit a tree and lost the ball and not sure what happened to it but made up for it with a long eagle putt. So can't be too mad.
Q. What's the story of the week, because you started very neatly and then it didn't seem to happen for you on the second day?
DAVID LIPSKY: Like I said, lost my ball-striking yesterday and I scrambled really well to keep myself in it, and when you do that, going into the weekend, anything can happen. I played well today and set myself up nicely.
Q. How was the course this afternoon, because if anything, we've seen some really good scores during the early part of the day, and a little bit tougher as the afternoons wore on?
DAVID LIPSKY: Yeah, the greens are definitely getting firm and fast, so you have to control your ball coming into some of these pins. With where they cut the pins this week, you have to be on the right side of the holes. I did that well today and we'll see what we do tomorrow.
Q. When you look at that leaderboard, what do you fancy for tomorrow now?
DAVID LIPSKY: I got myself in position and got myself closer to the lead and that's all I can ask for. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
I'll give it my all tomorrow, nothing to lose, really. I'm looking forward to it.
David Howell (Eng) – Third Round 63 (-7), Total 203 (-7)
Q. Please tell me how good, stupid question, how good is a 63 around here?
DAVID HOWELL: Yeah, very nice. I just snuck through to make the cut yesterday and battled well, birdied two of the last four five holes to make it through and that's always the first thing in professional golf, you've got to be here for the weekend. Someone always makes a move on Saturday morning and it was glorious out there today and sure enough things went my way. I think luck was on my side today.
Obviously played some pretty nice golf as well and delighted to finish with a birdie to make most of the round.
Q. Eagle 2 at the 10th. That was tasty.
DAVID HOWELL: Yeah, great hole, the 10th. They shoved the tee forward today. It's about 275 yards. Just gave it a rip and came up to about 12 feet once again the putt went in to make the most of the gamble off the tee.
So things were really going my way. I had holed a bunker shot on 9, as well, and around that turn was a really pivotal stage. I hit it to three feet on seven and 3-putted. Then you fear, is the round going to go the wrong way for you. But holed a lovely putt on 8, a bunker shot on 9 and eagle on 10, and really, things were rolling for me.
Q. I know we say this so often. It could have even been better. There even bogeys on that card.
DAVID HOWELL: Well, one bogey, and one of them was from three-foot, as you say, and I missed a 4-footer on 15. Hey, things can always be better. I say, on average, luck was on my side today, as well. The putts went in when they needed to. Lovely second putt on 17, which I played poorly.
I got the most out of the round in the end and I'm delighted to have made that move here on this Saturday morning.
Q. The leaders haven't even taken to the course but you've made such a dramatic move, what are your thoughts?
DAVID HOWELL: Well, you know, listen, there's a lot of golf to be played today obviously. I'm going to be way off the lead. But I've given myself a nice chance at a Top-10, Top-5 finish if I play equally well tomorrow.
You never know. Some strange things happen. They might struggle, but I can't see it; the weather's perfect, so. I'm going to be way off the lead with a round to go. But I'm in position for a fine finish. Having not played in six weeks, it would be a nice way to start the season with a Top-5, Top-10 finish.
Q. When is the last time you put together a terrific round like that?
DAVID HOWELL: Long time to be honest with you. I think I must have had a fairly low one in Czechoslovakia probably in about August or something. This whole calendar year has been a real struggle for me with injury. Czech Republic and The Open, really, were the highlights of last season. But yeah, so it's been a while.
Q. Is it a foot arch problem you've had?
DAVID HOWELL: Not foot arch, but a foot problem at the start of the year and that seems to be -- yeah, I'm struggling a little bit with it. I've got some new orthotic insoles to try and ease my strain through that area of the foot, but I don't think I've got those quite right yet. That as much as anything was a bit of a trial this week to see how the foot was. It's not right by a long way, but hopefully we can find a solution by the time January comes around.
Q. It's still not right today?
DAVID HOWELL: No, it was terrible yesterday the back nine. But it's not affecting me hitting the ball. I can get around. I've been playing golf at home but nothing down there is right.
I ended up thinking, well, if I can play two or three rounds of golf at home, I may as well come out and give it a go on Tour. Glad I did.
Q. I know it's the start of a season, but the end of a tough calendar year, as you say. It would be nice to sort of go into Christmas, like you were saying, with a Top-10 or a Top-5?
DAVID HOWELL: Yeah, it really would. Everyone wants to get off the new season to a good start and I'm no different. I've been out here 21 -- this is my 22nd season just started. Plenty of experience in the tank but you still want to get off to a good start and get some points on the board and give myself an opportunity to do it. Makes Christmas all the more enjoyable if you can do that.
Q. You only really just made the cut yesterday and today you equalled the course record. Where did that come from?
DAVID HOWELL: Do you know, you played really nicely on Thursday and could have shot 65, 64 Thursday, just didn't happen. Made a couple of mental errors and didn't hole a thing and ended up shooting level.
Yesterday was a real struggle. Mentally I was brilliant and really battled; same score. Played completely different golf for two days but ended up with the same score.
Today obviously I played well, thought well and I put it all together. And some putts went in today obviously and a bunker shot. Definitely, I say, things rolled my way a little bit today, and you need when you're going to shoot 63.
Arjun Atwal (Ind) – Third Round 66 (-4), Total 206 (-4)
Arjun Atwal of India Arjun Atwal of India
Q. That's a darned good day, as well, wasn't it.
ARJUN ATWAL: Yeah, playing with David, we carried each other along. It was fun. Just a solid day all in all, except for the last hole.
Q. Early conditions were ideal?
ARJUN ATWAL: Yeah, perfect. Hardly any wind. A little chilly in the morning but not too bad. It was absolutely perfect scoring conditions.
Q. And obviously flushing it?
ARJUN ATWAL: I was, yeah, absolutely. Right from the first hole.
Q. How fun is it when you get into a roll like that, and your playing partner is also getting on a roll like that? How fun is it?
ARJUN ATWAL: It was awesome because we didn't see any bad shots out of each other. A couple of missed greens and we both had pretty good short games. It was fun. I really enjoyed it today, and David hit it so solid today, it was just fun to play with.
Q. There's some consideration, as well, for the Order of Merit status where you are right now; is that something that's in your mind at all?
ARJUN ATWAL: Not really. I think about it, then probably won't be able to play. I know I'm outside the number looking in. First thing was to make the cut, because my back wasn't all that great the first two days. Couldn't practice or anything.
You know, if I play solid tomorrow, I think I should be all right.
Q. Do you have any idea, inkling at all, what you need to do, which position?
ARJUN ATWAL: No, no need. I know I'm close. Because everybody else keeps telling me.
Q. You are close.
ARJUN ATWAL: That's fine.
Q. The back, how bad was it?
ARJUN ATWAL: Wednesday I played the Pro-Am and it got tight in the morning, and it just kept progressively getting back, and I've already pulled out of two tournaments this year, one on the PGA TOUR and one on The European Tour. And I knew this was the systems coming up. I went into Philippa and I wanted to hit balls and she said no. I just laid off it, and half-swings on Thursday. I think I hit six greens or something. Shot even par. Got everything out of it.
Then yesterday was a little bit better, the back, and then today was a lot better.
Q. So nice steady progress for Sunday?
ARJUN ATWAL: Yeah, I'm looking forward it tomorrow. I want to shoot a low one tomorrow.