#BBO Rd 3 What They Said

Fri 03 Feb 2017

#BBO Rd 3 What They Said

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Dhaka, February 3: Read what players have to say following the penultimate round of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Friday.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) – Third Round 69 (-2), Total 200 (-13)
The round wasn’t that great today. I just managed to come in with two-under-par. I struggled most of the round but I had a good finish to put out a good score. I didn’t hit it close and didn’t make anything. It happens that my group mates didn’t play well too.
It was a mixed round again. The conditions were harder today I thought. The pin positions were difficult. It’s been windy since the start of the round too. I wasn’t thinking much. I was just playing against myself and the course.
I just tried to do my best out there. Sharma got off to a good start but I managed to hang it there. Playing in the last group in the final round tomorrow, my mindset is definitely going to be different. I will go out there and do my best to secure my first Asian Tour win.
I don’t know what will happen but one thing I am sure is I will be really happy out there. I didn’t expect to be playing so well here before coming. I had struggled with my game when I played in Qualifying School and on the Asian Development Tour event in Malaysia a few weeks back.
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand
I really didn’t have any expectations coming here. I think I will be talking a lot to my caddy tomorrow. I don’t really want to use my head that much. I just want to use my mouth.
I have been talking to my parents every night. They gave me a lot of encouragement over the phone. My mum usually travels with me to tournaments but this week, she’s not here. I miss them a lot. I really wanted them to be here now.
They just told me to apply what I have learnt as a monk in the tournament this week. That is to stay peaceful and not worry too much about results. I will just enjoy myself out there.
This is the first lead time I have led all the first three rounds and heading into the last 18 holes with a four-shot lead. Things are definitely going to be different.
It feels kind of strange that I am almost the oldest guy in the group today. You know you just think about having fun when you are young. I will go out there and have fun tomorrow.
Shubhankar Sharma of India Shubhankar Sharma of India
Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) – Third Round 72 (+1), Total 204 (-9)
It was a really interesting round. I had a superb start but fell back on the back nine. Other than that, I think I still played pretty well. I am still swinging the ball good. I just need to putt slightly better tomorrow and avoid making as many mistakes as I did today.
I wasn’t thinking much really. I started well and I told myself to keep making birdies on the back nine. The drop shots were costly but I am still in a good position for tomorrow, although I would have liked the gap to be closer. It’s not over yet. I still have another round so I will do my best.
Siddikur RAHMAN (BAN) – Third Round 68 (-3), Total 205 (-8)
I am happy with how I played today. I didn’t start that well but I am pleased with how I bounced back from that. I managed myself well and I think it was a good comeback. Overall, it was an awesome day.
Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh
I got off to a disappointing start but I told myself that I still have a chance to fight back. I still have many holes to do. I just need to stay focused. That helped me immediately on the third hole. I hit three shots but didn’t get on the green. Then I chipped it in from greenside for par. It was a good save and I picked up some momentum and confidence from there.
I made long putts on the 11th and 13th  holes too and I had a memorable shot on the 18. My tee shot was about 142 yards short and I hit a nine-iron to less than two feet from the hole. It was a nice finish. My fans were cheering for me too. It was a huge boost in confidence for me.
I am happy to stay in contention after three rounds in this tournament. It is the first time I am contending in this tournament. I just want to keep doing what I have been doing for the last three rounds tomorrow. If I can do that, I should be able to score again tomorrow.
I think my mental game was not as strong in the last two years. I practiced a lot and I prepared myself well before coming home for this tournament. The game is better and more matured as well. I think that’s the difference for me compared to the last two years.
Dodge Kemmer of USA Dodge Kemmer of USA
Dodge KEMMER (USA) – Third Round 68 (-3), Total 205 (-8)
I played alright on the front. I hit it to a couple of inches on the ninth for birdie and turned in 33. I missed several greens on the back but got up-and-down for six times in a row. I got up and down on 17 for birdie and made another birdie on 18.
I really made the most of it today. I was just managing all the short irons on these greens out there. I just wanted to enjoy myself today. I knew I was going to play with Siddikur and I knew we were going to get a huge home crowd following us.
I was just trying to enjoy myself and have fun out there. The course can give me stuff that it gave me yesterday so I just try not to get too upset with bad shots. I thought it was a lot windier today. It makes it harder to judge distances out there. The pins were tougher especially on the back nine.
I am looking to have some fun tomorrow again. Hopefully I can keep myself in it till the end.
Richard T Lee of Canada Richard T Lee of Canada
Richard T. Lee (CAN) – Third Round 67 (-4), Total 206 (-7)
I had a good round yesterday too. I kind of figured out what I was doing wrong on the first day. I just fixed a little bit on my set-up. I stayed patient out there and hit a lot of fairways and greens. I made some putts too.
It was all straightforward birdies for me today. I hit it inside 10 feet and made the putts. Nothing special. Short game was key. I had a lot of good up and downs for pars actually. That kind of saved me to shooting four-under.
It is my first time in Bangladesh. It feels really good to be in contention again. I will keep to the same mindset tomorrow. Hopefully I can shoot another good round.