#AfrAsiaOpen – Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 14 May 2016

#AfrAsiaOpen – Rd 3 What They Said

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Beau Champ, Mauritius, May 14: Read what players are saying following the penultimate round of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Saturday.
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 209 (-7)
I really enjoyed my round today. It was a very special day for me. I hit some great shots out there, especially on the 16 which was awesome for me. I have been driving the ball really solid this week. It’s a new driver in the bag. I am hitting it straighter and longer.
I am not used to playing in this wind but I try to learn every day. I watched how players are playing in these conditions and I learn from it. I know if I hit it well, the ball will be straighter. I got up and down on the 14 and that gave me a lot of confidence. I didn’t drive the ball well there because I was on the clock and it was really windy.
I told my caddy not to worry as I will try to make up-and-down from there and I made it. The highlight today and possibly the highlight for me so far this week is on 16. I had a great drive and I hit my second shot with my three-wood from 225 yards into the wind from left to right before sinking an eight-footer for birdie. That was by far my best birdie for the week.
I am very inspired to play tomorrow now that I am in the lead. I won’t put pressure on myself. I am very excited and I will try to enjoy myself tomorrow. My back is feeling much better. It’s almost 100% recovered. I have been taking good care of myself, including my diet. One more day to go. Nothing’s going to change. I just try and play the same way as I did for the last few days. I am looking forward to playing in the leader group again tomorrow.
Jeunghun Wang (Kor) – Third Round 71 (-1), Total 210 (-6)
Today was even windier than yesterday and it’s really difficult to putt – especially on short putts. I didn’t miss many though, and I’m playing okay, so I’m happy with one under. I made some great par saves today and I’m really pleased with my chipping and putting. It wasn’t a great with my irons or my driver today, so my short game really saved the round. Last week I didn’t think about winning and it happened, so this week I don’t want to think about winning. I’m just taking it one shot at a time and hoping that adds up to a good score. I’ve taken a lot of confidence from last week, though, and the experience really helps me.
Andrew Dodt (Aus) – Third Round 77 (+5), Total 213 (-3)
On 13 I did the hard part right by hitting the tee shot in play, but I haven’t felt comfortable with the second shot all week. Today I paid the ultimate price. I haven’t played my way out of the tournament though – I’m still in with a shot tomorrow. You have to hit great golf shots out there and unfortunately I didn’t do that today. It’s not until you finish and look at the scores that you remember how tough it is. I probably came back down to earth today after the first two rounds. I just need to play that stretch from 13 better tomorrow if I’m to have a chance.”
Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) – Third Round 73 (+1), Total 213 (-3)
It was tough again but it’s the same for everyone. I made a few stupid mistakes, made bogeys on holes where I made it more difficult than it should’ve been. I bogeyed 16 and 17, which wasn’t really necessary, but fortunately I birdied the 18th to stay in there and not let an average day get away from me. I’m probably just in reach, but of course I’m going to have to play well tomorrow. I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard – the conditions keep you too busy for that. Anything can happen, and you can quickly go one way or the other. I’m pretty happy with the position I’m in, and tomorrow I’ll try to play well for the whole day.
Scott Hend (Aus) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 215 (-1)
It’s nice to finally break 70 today. We will see what happens tomorrow. The boys in front are playing really well. It will be hard to catch. I made a nice birdie on the first and I got lucky on the second birdie on sixth. I was just two feet from the out of bounds zone. It was a good start to the round. Unfortunately I made a double bogey on 16 but happy to birdie the last. All in all, I am happy to put myself in a good position right now.
Miguel Tabuena (Phi) – Third Round 71 (-1), Total 219 (+3)
I played really solid today, considering the wind. I have never play in this type of windy conditions before. I’m glad with the way I played. It actually wasn’t as windy as the first two days. I took advantage of the less windy conditions but it was still pretty tough out there. The pins weren’t easy to hit into today. Hopefully I can play well again tomorrow.
It’s good to be in the running for Olympics right now. It will mean a lot to me if I can represent myself in such a prestigious event. I have always dream to be an Olympian and I am glad my dream could come through in the next few months.
It’s my first time here in Mauritius. It’s been good so far. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been. The people are super nice here.