Choi blog: Happy to survive cut

Sat 20 Jul 2013

Choi blog: Happy to survive cut

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July 20: Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi was delighted to make the halfway cut after waiting nervously on Friday. He played solidly in the third round and was rewarded with a 25 feet birdie putt on the last. In this blog, he talks about his round of 71 and the discomfort in his back.
By K.J. Choi
I had many putts inside 25 to 30 feet which I missed. There are a lot of slopes on the greens so I can’t judge the line of my putts. I tried to get my ball close to the pins but hitting second shots here are difficult because it might bounce to the left or right.
The greens are very tricky. When you hit it inside 10 feet, the speed somehow feels different. On the last hole I had a birdie chance from 25 feet. All day long, I’ve been missing those sort of putt so it was surprising that I sank that putt and made birdie.
On the first two rounds, my back hurt and that bothered my back swing. However, I thought I played very nicely on the back nine yesterday. I hit it very well even though the wind was blowing from left to right and vice versa. It is hard to judge the wind here.
My goal today was to hit two-under-par but even-par is still a solid score.
I was watching the scores and many players were moving up and down. I knew that 14, 15, 15, 17 and 18 were difficult holes so I was 70% confident that I could make it into the weekend rounds. I was so worried when it stopped at 71 but luckily I made it.
Ends.