CGC Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 15 Nov 2014

CGC Rd 3 What They Said

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Chiangmai, Thailand, November 15: Read what players have to say following the penultimate round of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Saturday.
Thanykon Khraongpha of Thailand with his caddy Prakaiyuth Laothong Thanykon Khraongpha of Thailand with his caddy Prakaiyuth Laothong
Thanyakorn Khrongpha (Tha) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 201 (-15)
I played better than I had expected. I was really happy to birdie the last. I guess I was lucky as well because Jyoti bogeyed the last. I putted perfectly today.  My iron-play was good too. I was just worried about my long irons now because I didn’t hit it as well today. I actually changed my irons back to my old ones because I felt more comfortable with it. I’m glad it worked out well for me.
I am very happy to be in the lead. I will continue to do what I’ve been doing tomorrow. It will be the same thing for me, hit as many greens and fairways as possible. I do feel a little nervous right now for sure but I think there is more excitement than pressure. It has been quite some time since I last led an Asian Tour event. In fact, it has been quite some time since I got into contention on Asian Tour.
The greens are soft today so I took a more aggressive approach. I felt a little angry with myself after I bogeyed 11th and 12th. I could have avoided it but I’m glad I was able to recover stronger. Overall, today’s result was much better than I expect.
Rashid Khan (Ind) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 203 (-13)
Rashid Khan of India Rashid Khan of India
It will be exciting tomorrow. I played well. I only had one bogey on the six hole but I made a good comeback on the back nine. I’m playing well and it is a good score after three days.
I’m a little excited but I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing. I was struggling with my irons and gave myself long putts. I kept myself patient and trying my best not to lose my temper on the course.
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) – Third Round 70 (-2), Total 203 (-13)
My round was a little patchy. I didn’t strike the ball all that great like yesterday. With that said, I’m still happy with a 70 and in with a chance on the last day. When you shoot a seven-under (Round 2), it is tough to back it up.
If I had a few more putts, then it would have been a better round. But I’ll still accept a 70 on my off-day. The young boys these days are good and experienced enough to play under pressure. It’s a young man’s game now. It used to be an old man’s game!
But experience does matter. There are shots where they would go for it but I know where to take chances and where not to. Hopefully my experience will count there but it is tough to chase young people because they have the energy to go for it.
The bogey on the first hole threw me out of momentum. I did hang in there and make some birdies coming in. The bogey on the last hole wasn’t great but this sort of things happen.
Kalem Richardson of Australia Kalem Richardson of Australia
Kalem Richardson (Aus) – Third Round 64 (-8), Total 204 (-8)
I got off to a good start. The momentum was there and I kept it there. I’ve been hitting the ball good all week. It was just a matter of taking advantage of it which I did today. It was nice to keep my round going and birdie on the last hole.
In the practice round, I was lucky enough to miss a few fairways so I knew what to do when I was in the rough. This week I’ve only missed four fairways and when I missed it the ball has been on the first cut. It is a massive advantage if you strike the ball good.
I noticed my name on the leaderboard a few times today and it kind of spurred me on. Hopefully I can go out there and play well again.
At the start, I found it tough playing on these grasses. The experience on the Asian Tour has been awesome.  I got into contention in a few tournaments but haven’t played well enough on the weekend. It is nice to finally feel comfortable in Asia and try to keep my card for next year.
It was definitely on my mind (saving his Tour card) but my game is there and I’m feeling confident. So I don’t see any reason why I can’t keep my card.
I done an apprenticeship straight out of school as a greenskeeper at Riverside Golf Club in Tasmania and did that for three years. I always wanted to be a professional golfer so I worked hard at it and here I am.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 205 (-11)
I played good golf all day. I’ve been striking the ball very well. I missed a few birdie putts but it is okay. This is still a good round. I didn’t roll the ball well on the greens but I’m remained focussed on chasing the leader. There are holes which I can score here so my goal was to hit the ball close. I have to roll the better than today. I hope to get some early birdies to put some pressure on the leader. I cannot make any mistakes if I want to win.
Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei
Hung Chien-yao (Tpe) - Third Round 66 (-6), Total 205 (-11)
My putting was the key to my low score today. I managed to chip in on the third and sixth holes from 10 over yards. I didn’t really think so much out there. I played my irons and woods good too. The rough is really long here. I just told myself to try and hit as many fairways as possible. I hit 11 fairways and it’s the worst of all three days! I would be in the lead if I putt like how I did today in the last two rounds. I would continue to do what I’ve been doing tomorrow and give my best again. I am definitely hoping to finish in top-60 on the Order of Merit at the end of the season. That would be my main goal for me. Hopefully a good finish this week will get me there.
Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 207 (-9)
My tee shots were really good today. I putted very well too. This is not an easy course so I am really happy to shoot such a low score. This golf course is very long and it doesn’t really suit my game as I’m not a long-hitter. You have to try and hit the fairways to score out there. Tee shot is key on this course as well. I’ll keep to the same game plan tomorrow. Hopefully I can keep up the good form.
Danny Chia (Mas) – Third Round 68 (-4), Total 210 (-6)
My driving was much better and I was able to hole some putts today as well. It was a good round. It’s pretty much the same as yesterday. I’ve been struggling with my ball striking since Hong Kong Open. I kind of lost my swing thought but I went to the range yesterday and found something that kicks in the swing. I’m glad it worked well for me today. It has been pretty good for me so far. It’s a little tiring because the weather’s very hot out there but I will try and get enough rest. I am looking forward to play in the final round tomorrow.