CIMB Classic Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 01 Nov 2014

CIMB Classic Rd 3 What They Said

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KEVIN NA
THE MODERATOR:  Kevin Na here with us, in with a 67 and 2 under for the third round.  Kevin, must be quite pleased with that bogey free day, five birdies on the card?
KEVIN NA:  Yeah.  It's always nice to play bogey free, and today I was trying to go out there, and I thought if I shot 67, somewhere around in there, I'd be very close to the lead, and I was able to do that.
THE MODERATOR:  What it the shot making that was creating all the confidence for you?  It caused you to hit lots of fairways and greens; right?
KEVIN NA:  Yes.  The front nine I hit both par 5s in two, two putted.  I actually had really good chances for eagle on both of them, and the par 3, 4, I hit it to about I'd say three and a half feet and birdied.
So I really didn't make much putts on the front nine.  I hit a lot of good putts that didn't go in, left a lot of them short because I felt like the greens were slowing down with the rain and the grain, especially with the grain, it's really tough to get it to the hole.
Kevin Na of USA Kevin Na of USA
And on the back nine there was a delay on    I was on 11 tee, and came out, and parred 11, parred 12, which is a very difficult hole.  I actually had a good look at birdie.  Another difficult hole on 13.  I finally got a putt to drop, and 14 I hit a beautiful drive, just over the green, chipped it up inside four feet and made that.  And then parred the rest of the way in.
THE MODERATOR:  Okay.  We'll take questions for Kevin.
Q.  I just want to check, you played the Shriners and withdrew.  What was the problem there?
KEVIN NA:  Well, it was a combination of a few things.  My back, and I wasn't feeling well at the same time, and I'm sure that had to affect my body as well, so I figured it was best to save myself, save my back and body, I guess.
Q.  Kevin, good to have you back here.  Thanks for taking time out this afternoon.
KEVIN NA:  Thank you.
Q.  What did the break, having had a break in the middle, your momentum obviously is affected.  What do you do to keep focused on the holes that you had to play afterward?
KEVIN NA:  It's difficult.  Out of the three rounds I had two delays, and yesterday I had a delay, and went back out and I actually wasn't hitting it all that great during the round, was putting well, and I went back out there, and before I went back out I went to the range and kind of found it, and the next three holes I flagged every shot.
And today there was a delay on 11.  It's not actually an ideal shot to start on on 11, the par 3.  But you know, I was striking it well all day, went to the range, trying to maintain that same feel.  If anything, I worked on my putting a little bit, trying to get it to the hole before I teed off.
But it was nice, I was able to keep what I had before the rain delay.  But yes, it is difficult at times, but you just gotta stay focused and go warm up.
Q.  One more question, you're going to be in the last flight tomorrow.  Who do you see as your biggest opponent in terms of who you're most worried about, and what's the score going to be at the end of the day?
KEVIN NA:  Well, in the game of golf the biggest opponent is Mother Nature, isn't it?  And yourself.
You know, all these great players are out there right now, obviously Sergio, Ryan Moore.  I saw Kevin Streelman was up there, Chappell.  Any of these guys can go out there and play well, so you can't really set yourself an opponent, I think.  You just gotta go out there and play the golf course and do the best you can, and hopefully at the end you're on top.
Q.  What do you think will win it tomorrow?
KEVIN NA:  Well, how is this?  I'm at 12.  If you give me 17 right now, I'll sit in the clubhouse.  If you give me 16, I'll probably take it    I'll think about it.  How's that?  So I think 17 is a good number and 16 you have a good chance to win.
Q.  One of your earliest professional wins came here.
KEVIN NA:  My first one ever.
Q.  When you won the Global Masters in 2002.  Does it feel good to be    do you feel comfortable on Asian soil?  Is that something that you think about?
KEVIN NA:  Yeah.  I mean I think about it all the time.  We were just talking about it, you know, after I signed my card.  I remember my dad was caddying.  I was just a kid, made the turn and looked at the leaderboard and I was like, man, I looked at my dad and I was like, I got a chance to win this golf tournament, birdied 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Looked at the leaderboard, I had a two shot lead.  It wasn't the easiest last two holes coming in, but I hung in there, and I remember it like it was yesterday.
Q.  Can you talk about how the Asian Tour has helped in the early development of your professional career?
KEVIN NA:  Yes.  When I first turned pro, I came out to the Asian Tour.  I got experience, learned how to play competitively in the professional world, travel.  I won a tournament, which led many, many doors for me, hoped many doors for me to go play in Europe.  Even got in the World Championship in Firestone because of the win.
A lot of the youngsters that play in the United States that turn pro, whether during college or after college, they go to    they only sign up for U.S. tours.  I said, what are you doing?  I said, yeah, great if you get through U.S. TOUR school, but you should also sign up for the Asian Tour, because over there, I mean it's basically    you don't want to go play Monday qualifying mini tours.  You have to play a big major tour.  You go win out there gets you into the European Tour, world events and get world ranking points, and I tell them, this is a great tour to develop your game and to get to the top of the world.
THE MODERATOR:  Okay.  Kevin, many thanks, and all the best tomorrow.
KEVIN NA:  Thank you.  Hope to see you guys tomorrow.
RYAN MOORE
Ryan Moore of USA Ryan Moore of USA
THE MODERATOR:  Ryan Moore, shot a 5 under today, tied for the lead at 12 under at the moment.  Just some thoughts on your round today.  Good to be back up on the leaderboard as well.
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah.  I really enjoy the golf course, obviously enjoyed it last year.
And I've just been able to play good, solid, consistent golf so far this year, just putting it in the fairway, giving myself chances, and I've been fortunate enough to make some putts, so in the end that's why I'm here.
THE MODERATOR:  Take us through your round today.  Any highlights from your round today?
RYAN MOORE:  A big highlight today I birdied 11 and 12, two of the toughest holes on the golf course back to back.  I just hit a great shot into 11 with a hybrid to about maybe 20 feet or so.  I was able to make that.  And then hit a 6 iron into 12 to must have been maybe 25, 28 feet, something like that, and I was able to make that one.  So that was probably the highlight of the day for me.
And I hit driver to about 10 feet on 14?  Is that the drivable?  Yeah, 14.  10 or 12 feet there for eagle.  So that was a pretty fun shot.
THE MODERATOR:  Questions for Ryan.
Q.  Ryan, congratulations on another good round.  Does going into the final round as the defending champion and also being in the lead have an affect on yourself or is it just another round for you?
RYAN MOORE:  I mean it can only be a positive.  I feel like, you know, I've been here, I've done it on this course, and so that should just give me that little extra course going into tomorrow.
I know what it's like to win out here, and I'm going to try and make that happen again.
Q.  How have you been dealing with the stoppages this week, given that last year, even on the final day you had a couple of stoppages.  You had to come back on a Monday to finish it all off.  Does that sort of bare in your mind somehow?
RYAN MOORE:  It clearly is not bothering me too much.  I went back today and made some birdies right away.  That's the best thing when you have weather delays, get back out there and hope you hit a couple of good shots right away and kind of get the momentum going again that you had in your round.
It's tough.  It's tough on all of us, starting and stopping, and you're going back out there, and it's almost like another round of golf.  You're like you're restarting again, and you don't know how it's going to go; you don't have that momentum and that rhythm of your round going.
So sometimes it can be a very positive thing, and sometimes it can be a negative thing, you just made a few putts in a row and you're kind of feeling some confidence and you gotta go sit down for a couple of hours, and you know, you might lose that feel.  But so far this week I've been able to go back out and hit some good shots and good putts after the delay.
Q.  When you're deciding on your program for the following year, do you take into account places where you're likely to have interrupted play?  I mean does it affect your choice?
RYAN MOORE:  For me, no.  You know, I'm basing it on, you know, schedule is a huge, just where a tournament fits, and then after that it's the course and how much I like the course.
But you know, honestly a few of my favorites tournaments of the year are on severely weather delayed tournaments, the Memorial being one of them.  I love that course, I love that tournament, and I think there's two or three weather delays almost every single day, it seems like, at that tournament.
You know, and it's just something you know is going to be a part of it and you kind of mentally prepare for it.  You kind of hope for the best.  You hope you kind of somehow get through it, but sometimes there's big, long delays.
Q.  It's a pretty tight leaderboard out there.  What's going to be the key do you think tomorrow?
RYAN MOORE:  You know, for me, I have kind of a very simple approach to the course as far as my clubs off the tee and the way, you know, the way I try and pick this course apart.  And I'm just going to stick to that.  You know, I can't overpower this golf course, and I think this course sneaks up on you if you do try and overpower it.
So it's all about getting it in the fairways early on in the day and giving myself chances.  I've been making putts so far the last three days, and I think just keep giving myself good opportunities and make some putts early and kind of get it rolling.
THE MODERATOR:  Any more questions?  Thank you so much, Ryan, and good luck tomorrow.
RYAN MOORE:  Thank you.
ANGELO QUE
Q.  Got off to a really, really hot start there.
ANGELO QUE:  Yeah, I birdied four of the first five holes.  It was pretty good, and then bogeyed the 6th, and then birdied 10th, and then I bogeyed the 14th.  All in all I'm very happy.  I played pretty solid, actually.
The greens got kind of slow after the delay, pretty much every putt that I hit was    I left it short.
Q.  The hot start just give you a bit of momentum?
ANGELO QUE:  Yeah, of course.  You know, you always want to start like that, especially in the third or final round.  It gives you the confidence and the charge to go even lower.
Q.  And then after that you kind of just struggled.  What happened out there?
ANGELO QUE:  I didn't really struggle.  It's just    I just miss hit drive on the sixth hole and got a bad lie, and I hit it short where, you know, missing it short is a no no.  I made bogey there, and then got it back to 4 under again after 10; and then 14th hole, I just pulled my tee shot.  I was going for the green.  I pulled it a bit and was a bit unlucky.  I was plugged in the hazard, so I can't drop it.  If it was just maybe eight inches further, I would be outside the hazard where I could drop it.  Unfortunately that happened, and I missed the short putt.
Those are just two holes where I really messed up, but hitting wise I'm very happy with the way I'll hitting, and especially putting.  The putting has been working for me.
Q.  And overall still in position to be in for the last days.
ANGELO QUE:  Yeah.  You know, if every day I finish 12 or 13 under, five shots here, you know, if you got it going, you can pretty much birdie every hole, and hot streak tomorrow may change everything.
Q.  What's your expectations for tomorrow?
ANGELO QUE:  My goal is still the same, just to shoot under par.  Anything more than that is, you know, I'll accept it; I'm happy with it.
I'll keep it simple.  Not going to try hard to shoot low.  I'm just going to keep playing the way I'm playing because I'm making a lot of birdies, so I'll just keep doing that, and hopefully, you know, with a little bit of luck I'll go really low.
Q.  And you seem to be getting more confident on the golf course.
Angelo Que of Philippines Angelo Que of Philippines
ANGELO QUE:  Yeah.  Actually, I am.  Getting more comfortable with the way I play, especially under pressure.  Used to be different, like under pressure I try so hard, you know, just to force shots or to do well.  But all I have to do is just do what I'm doing, you know.  With no pressure I can play well.  So it's just a matter of thinking.
SERGIO GARCIA
Q.  So great start to the round, and then some great stuff you did on the back nine there.  I mean can you talk a little bit about what happened with those shots and then the great up and downs and your ability to fight and stay in it.
SERGIO GARCIA:  Well, yeah, at the end of day that's what I try to do all the time, you know, give it my best, and unfortunately    don't get me wrong.  I'm not trying to hit shots like that tee shot on 17, obviously.  But you know, sometimes it happens and you just gotta deal with it.
So you know, I started quite well, you know, felt okay, not amazing, not as good as the first two days, but I felt like I was getting things done quite nicely.  And then, you know, unfortunately, after the rain delay, the greens were much slower, so I three putted 11 for bogey, and then I made a couple of nice saves.
You know, 14, obviously a little unfortunate because it wasn't a bad shot.  Just the wind kind of switched on me a little bit, and obviously wasn't able to reach with a 3 wood.
And then the same thing happened on the next.  You know, I hit a good nice 7 iron straight at the pin, and the wind was supposed to be a little bit down, and it switched into me and ended up just short, but made par.  And then a really good 4 on 17.  Shame a didn't birdie the last, but I guess I got away with a couple there on 14 and 17.
Q.  And overall, the conditions, you talked about the greens, but your scrambling ability and how    the rough had to be like very penalizing.  Was it a change after the delay?
SERGIO GARCIA:  Well, no.  I think it's been the same pretty much all week.  You know, it's fairly heavy in spots and is very, very wet.  So it's difficult to    you usually don't get very nice lies.
So you know, like it happened, for example, at 12.  I hit a good drive, I thought it was going to be in the fairway, and it just missed the fairway by three feet.  And then you're kind of trying to guess how the ball is going to react out of there.  So it becomes a little bit tougher, but I guess that's why it's important to hit as many fairways as possible, and we'll try to do that tomorrow.
Q.  And then I noticed your putting grip.  Do you just go back and forth on what feels comfortable for the day?
SERGIO GARCIA:  Yeah.  I just didn't feel as comfortable as the first two days, like I said, with my whole game, and even on the putting green, I felt like it wasn't as smooth with the normal grip as has been the first two days.  And hit a couple of putts early on, and you know, just didn't feel that great, so I said, I'll just go back to my go to kind of grip, and putted quite nicely, I thought.  So I was happy with that.
Q.  And then lastly, you're in great position heading into tomorrow.  Your overall feelings and thoughts?
SERGIO GARCIA:  Yeah.  Yes.  I'm going to have to play, obviously, a little bit better than I did today.  But yeah, I'm in contention again, trying to win another tournament, so we'll go out there and give it our best shot, try to be aggressive, try to be positive, and you know, I think if I can manage to do that, I should have a chance of winning.
GARY WOODLAND
Q.  So another good start for an event here in Malaysia for you.  You were in a playoff last year, and you've continued your good play here.  What is it about this course?
GARY WOODLAND:  The golf course sets up good to my eye, you know.  It's one I feel like I can attack.  The par 5s are all gettable.  You get four opportunities with four par 5s.  So if I drive the ball in play, I have a pretty good chance to be successful out there.
Q.  And then just talk about    because I mean you're a longer hitter.  What are you hitting off the tee?  Are you mainly irons?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, I'm playing pretty aggressive.  The back nine, you know, the last four or five holes you're hitting irons, but outside of that I'm hitting a lot of drivers, a lot of 3 woods.
The fairways, especially with how soft they are, they're a little wider, so if you can drive the ball in play, you're having a ton of wedges into the greens.
Fortunately today I drove the ball in the fairway and that was the big difference versus the first two days.
Q.  Do you feel you have some unfinished business from last year or have you put that out of your mind?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, I mean I take a lot out of last year.  I mean obviously I played well.  The golf course sets up great to my eye.
The difference last year I attacked the par 5s.  This year the par 5s have been killing me, so I need to change that for tomorrow.  If I want to have a chance to win and I play the par 5s well tomorrow, I should be all right.
Q.  How do you feel?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, I feel great.  I'm healthy, I feel good.  It was nice, I saw Butch last week.  It was nice to get some find of fine tune.  I've been off six weeks, so I feel fresh, kind of feel the start of a new year.  But I do.  I feel good about my golf swing, and I feel good about where my game is.
Q.  So was that injury you had?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah.  I've been battling injuries the last couple of years, so I was healthy most of last year, and it's nice to be healthy right now as well.
Q.  Was it in the shoulder or wrist?
GARY WOODLAND:  Wrist.  Two wrist injuries and just dealt with it for a year and a half, but all good now.
Q.  So you imagine tomorrow, what's it going to take do you think?
GARY WOODLAND:  I'm going to have to make some more birdies, kind of do the same thing I did today.  I just need to attack the par 5s better tomorrow.
I played the par 5s even today.  It's the par 5s that I'm hitting irons in, so I need to drive the ball in the fairway.  If I do that, I should be all right.
KEVIN CHAPPELL
Q.  Obviously just probably a little disappointed about your finish there, but overall you're still in a good position heading into Sunday.
KEVIN CHAPPELL:  Yeah, my game's in a good spot, and that's always nice to be confident going into Sunday.  Really struggled kind of finding the speed and the rhythm of the game once we went back out from the rain delay, something I'll have to do better tomorrow, because inevitably there will be a rain delay.  So I need to get off to a quick start around here and see what happens.
Q.  How do you mentally prepare yourself knowing that you maybe didn't handle it as well as you would have liked and there could be a potential for one tomorrow?
KEVIN CHAPPELL:  You learn from it.  You learn how the golf course changes.  I thought I did a really good job finishing on Thursday after the rain delay, I made four birdies in five holes, and really kind of    or three birdies in four holes or whatever it was and really kind of got myself back in contention.
So probably not think about today and think about what I did on Thursday, and really go out there and attack.
Q.  If there's a key for you ultimately winning tomorrow, what is it that you have to focus on?
KEVIN CHAPPELL:  I just gotta make some putts.  With the exception of the last hole I've hit it great all week, and I just haven't really made anything.  I feel like if I putt the way I know I can, we'd be in a different position, but you know, maybe my time is tomorrow.