#AfrAsiaOpen Rd 3: What they said

Sat 09 May 2015

#AfrAsiaOpen Rd 3: What they said

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Saturday, May 9
George Coetzee (RSA) – Third round 65 (-6), Total (-11)
As I walked off the course, I told my manager I don’t know how I’m shooting under par the way I’m playing, but obviously the course must suit my eye pretty well.
Any way you get to a 65 is okay. I’m pretty happy, but I made it difficult for myself on the back nine. But I felt like I hit enough good shots to maybe have some confidence for tomorrow.
I hit a couple of loose tee-shots on the back nine and that obviously puts pressure on the next tee shot and then the next one after that. But coming down the stretch I started to hit it a bit better, so I’m not going to read too much into it. Perhaps it was a bit more difficult on the back nine because the wind picked up a little and a lot of the shots played directly into the wind.
I got to the turn in good shape, and the nice thing about this course is you don’t have to force it coming down the stretch. So I thought, ‘You know what, ‘You can just play well and just pick up one or two birdies and the score should be pretty good without forcing it.’ And fortunately, I made 65, so I’m pretty happy with the way things turned out in the end.
I don’t know if I’m getting that winning feeling again. With golf, you never know what’s coming tomorrow, but I’ll definitely be giving it my best. I’ve played enough tournaments to have picked up experience and kind of know what to expect, but really, you never know what you’re going to get. I feel like I’m pretty comfortable with the way to handle things and I’m happy with the way my mind’s working at the moment.
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – Third round 67 (-4), Total (-8)
Pretty good start on the first hole, birdied from long range outside the green. From there, I kept the momentum going. It’s a tough first nine and I managed to play it in three under. I was pleased with that.
Before the start, I told myself to prepare for the bad weather. I clocked it into my head to be prepared and played one shot at a time and kept myself dry.
Bonus birdie on 18. Found the rough and wanted to lay up to my distance but it rolled into the bunker. I played a good shot from out of the bunker. I’ve practiced that shot previously and it felt comfortable for me. It’s not an easy shot but when you practice you feel confident. Hit it to about eight feet for birdie.
I like the way I’m striking the ball. Even in the wind, I’m hitting it good. It’s not bothered me. I need to hole some putts. Missed a few today and hopefully I can hole a few more. It’s tough to get it out of my head but I think I know how to handle it if get into contention tomorrow. I’ve been there before and just hope to keep my momentum. Just try to hole some putts. I’m going to take a rest and go to the beach now.
Jazz JanewattananondCarlos Pigem (Esp) – Third Round 69 (-2), Total (-7)
I was playing really good, we know that 16 and 17 are tough holes. Hit a bad shot on 16 and didn’t get up and down and missed the fairway on 17. A disappointing finish but tomorrow, we’ll try to catch the leaders. You need to hit the fairways here as the rough is quite tough and the pins will get tougher every day. Tomorrow, my goal will be to hit more fairways.
I don’t know if it’s the golf course, it’s an unbelievable place. If you’re in an unbelievable place, you feel good and it’s easier to play better. Today, it felt like I was playing in the British Open as it was windy, rainy and sunny. Only 25 degrees more here.
Jazz Janewattananond (Tha) – Third round 68 (-3), Total (-6)
It was good to be bogey-free. I played pretty solid. Didn’t make much mistakes and hit a lot of fairways and greens. Kind of a day where you feel you will play well although I didn’t make too many putts. I couldn’t get really low.
Playing in the rain is a new experience as we normally get rain and lightning in Asia. It came down pretty hard but I managed to get through it. I was really happy with how I handled that. I think I’m too far behind the leader. I’m going to think about challenging for the title.
Just try to enjoy the final day, I’m on the leaderboard and that’s going to be a good experience for me in this tri-sanctioned tournament.
I just had a good rest at the player lounge, sitting on the beach. It was kind of hard to leave the lounge as I want to have some practice before the rain comes in again.
Rahil Gangjee of India Rahil Gangjee of India
Rahil Gangjee (Ind) Third round 74 (+3), Total (-2)
It wasn’t hard at all. It rained at the beginning, not hard at all. It was a regular day. It wasn’t blowing that hard. I was okay, one under after nine holes but the back nine I misjudged my second shot on 11 and it went so far into the headwind which is not normal and I three putted that. On 12, hit two good shots and misjudged the speed and three putted on that one too. Had a couple of mud balls too. The last hole was a regular three wood and it would have pitched perfectly fine and I started at the flag and it went straight. It was a disappointing day.
Hopefully I will get some good luck tomorrow. When I came into the tournament, I was just trying to make the cut and play as good as I can. I guess you get caught up when you are in a situation, nothing happens. And then this happens. It was really disappointing.