CIMB Classic - Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 26 Oct 2013

CIMB Classic - Rd 3 What They Said

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Ryan Moore (Usa) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 204 (-12)
RYAN MOORE:  It was almost two different days out there.  I really got going, really hot early, making a lot of putts and making a lot of birdies.  And then kind of turned into the back side and still continued some good play and then just kind of hit a pretty rough stretch there in the middle and made four bogeys in five holes.  Fortunately I wedged a birdie in between, but kind of made a mess of it.  I had a chance to definitely separate myself and get away from the rest of the field, but all in all I'm still up at the top, and that's all you can ask for going into Sunday.
Q.  You had a lot of putts from around 12, 15 feet today that went in.  It looked like your putter, you were feeling it.  Can you talk a little bit more about that?
RYAN MOORE:  Yeah, I rolled it great the first day, made a bunch of putts, some in that range and some a little longer, and then yesterday I hit just as good of putts and they just didn't go in.  I just was burning one edge or the other.  So I was still very encouraged about how I felt on the greens and with my putter, so I just kept doing exactly what I was doing.  I didn't go change anything.  I knew I was comfortable, and it always helps to roll in a nice putt on the first hole, and then another one on 3 and just kind of get some positive momentum early.
Q. (No microphone.)
RYAN MOORE:  I didn't see.  I was right there, but I was getting ready to hit my shot, and I really wasn't paying attention.  I walked over after it happened and then pretty much a rules official came right away.  That's up for them to figure out.  They obviously have TV footage to clarify it, and I hope they just are able to resolve it.
Q.  You had some problems on the back nine as well as your playing partners.  What is it about those few holes that are so tricky?
RYAN MOORE:  Well, the back nine is definitely much tougher than the front nine I would say.  You get into those stretch of holes really starting at    even 10, that's a par 5, but man, there's just a lot of trouble.  11 is a tough par 3; 12 is a really tough par 4 going back down the hill, just extremely narrow with a lot of trouble.  And then you've got 13 back up the hill, which is a really, really tough    maybe one of the toughest holes on the golf course followed by a short one that    there's trouble everywhere, and if you start hitting a couple bad shots you start noticing it a little bit more, and I think we all kind of started slowly just hitting it in the wrong spots, and unfortunately the group just had bad momentum there for a while.  We kind of all kept making bogeys and doing the wrong stuff.  Fortunately I was able to stop at some point and salvage and finish with a couple pars and at least have some good, positive feelings going into tomorrow.
But it doesn't take that bad of a shot to get in a very bad spot out here with the rough the way it is, the fairways are as narrow as they are.  It's two or three yards off line and you could be chipping out or have an extremely difficult shot.
Q.  Recently the people at the top of the leaderboard are not automatically winning tournaments, but do you have something, some strategy psychologically to play the last round tomorrow?
RYAN MOORE:  You know, not really.  I've obviously been playing some pretty good golf this week.  It's been a little up and down these last couple days, but I have enough positives that I've just got to kind of keep doing exactly what I'm doing.  The first day I put it in the fairway.  That's what made me able to shoot a score like that.  Today for the first 10 holes I put it in the fairway, and then my last eight holes I didn't put in the fairway.  That's how it goes.  You start hitting it in the rough, you're scrambling.  Obviously my first goal tomorrow is just put it in the fairway, give myself chances at going to the green.  I'm rolling it well, and if I'm putting well I'm going to have opportunities, and I know I'm going to make some birdies.
Chris Stroud (Usa) – Third Round 68 (-4), Total 204 (-12)
CHRIS REIMER:  Fantastic round today, Chris.  I think you've got to be pretty pleased with where you are.  I know the leaders came back a little, but you had a solid round out there.  Talk about what you had going right today.
CHRIS STROUD:  Yeah, I still didn't hit the ball as well as I did the first day today, but I really hung in there, gave myself a lot of good looks and I got on a good tear there.  I think I made four or five birdies in a row.  You can do that on this golf course.  There's a lot of wedges, but I'll tell you what, if you do not hit a fairway, you're going to struggle to make par, and that's really my focus.  Every hole I get up on, I'm doing everything I can to get that ball in the fairway.  Even though the fairways are very soft, they're pretty tight, and you get just a couple inches, couple feet into the rough, you're going to have a hard time getting to the green.
I played well today, had a couple of loose shots there.  I missed one short putt on 17 for birdie, but other than that, it was very solid.  I gave myself a chance, and like I said, my number in my head is try to get to 20 under, and depending on the conditions tomorrow I'm sure they'll be pretty similar.  That's the goal, just try to get to 20 under.  Don't worry about what the leaders are doing until I get to the last couple holes and maybe have to change my strategy.
CHRIS REIMER:  You had a playoff against Ken Duke at the Travelers last year.  On the 18th hold you chipped in from about 50, 60 feet off the green.  I'm sure you'll use that experience to try to get your first win tomorrow.  Just talk about progression since that and what you learned that day.
CHRIS STROUD:  That's exactly right, and it's exactly what I'm doing.  I'm pulling from all that experience, and what I learned under the gun there was I don't need to try to do anything fancy.  I just need to stick to my game plan, keep hitting shots, keep hitting good quality shots, keep putting myself in the right positions, keep hitting good putts, and stick to my strengths, which are chipping, putting and wedges, and get myself in the fairway.  I'm fairly good inside 170, 160 yards I feel like with my irons, especially on this golf course there's a lot of short irons and short wedges.  If I can give myself a lot of wedges tomorrow, put the ball close and keep putting the putter in my hands, you know, hopefully I'll give myself a good chance tomorrow.
Chris Stroud of USA Chris Stroud of USA
Q.  You talked about the fairways.  Did you have problems on the back nine making the fairways, and why do you think in general the back nine has been so problematic for players?
CHRIS STROUD:  You know, the back nine is a little longer.  It's a little more difficult I feel like.  I mean, you have a little more options on the back nine.  You either hit    both sides have some holes where you can either hit driver or 3 iron or 3 iron and lay up, but I'm choosing to hit driver basically every time.  But it's just tough to    I think the back nine is a little tougher, a little longer, even though there are some short wedges coming in.  But yeah, my swing tends to    the last couple days has gotten a little looser coming in the last few holes.  Hit sort of a loose shot on 18 and got myself in some trouble and really did a great job getting out of trouble to make a par there.
But it's just    you've just got to keep doing the same thing.  This golf course is really pretty tricky and you've got to be careful not to put yourself in some bad positions, and that's what I'm really focusing on the most is just putting myself, keep the ball in front of me, let everybody else make mistakes.
Q.  So you feel like today you didn't really make any major mistakes?
CHRIS STROUD:  Nothing major.  Like I said, I had a couple loose shots.  I didn't quite feel comfortable on the one putt on 17 from like four feet for birdie.  That was about the only thing I felt like I could have backed up and started over.  You know, the golf swing felt okay.  It didn't feel great.  It felt really good Thursday.  So I'm going to put a few more reps in and get the swing a little bit sharper tomorrow and hopefully go out there and give myself a lot of looks and give myself a chance, see if I can catch these guys.
CHRIS REIMER:  I've talked to some players who enjoy the course because if you play well you can score, but if you don't it'll identify you real quick.
CHRIS STROUD:  Yeah, it's really going to spread out the field here, and that's great test of golf.  That's the way all great golf courses do.  When you're playing well you can make a lot of birdies, but if you're just a little bit off, you're going to make bogey after bogey and a couple of doubles.  I've gotten lucky a couple times.  I could have made a double today on I think that hole is 12.  I hit a great drive and I was just four feet in the rough.  I had a good lie in the rough but it was a downslope over the water, and I caught the rough on the way through, and it was short, went in the water, hit a great wedge to three feet to make bogey.  There's a lot of holes out there like that, and even the short ones, I'm talking 13, 14, over the water maybe, it's a 4 iron, wedge, over the water.  If you hit it left or right in the rough you're going to have a hard time giving yourself a chance to make birdie.  You can hit it in the water there.
I know if you're not sharp on this course you can shoot a pretty good number, and my focus tomorrow is the same as it's been, just get myself in every fairway and then from there get myself on the green, keep myself in some good areas and hit the wedges as close as possible.
CHRIS REIMER:  You've played almost 200 PGA TOUR events now, you come into Malaysia and to perhaps get your first one, would you consider yourself an honorary Malaysian at that point?
CHRIS STROUD:  Yeah, that would be pretty special.  I've done a lot of thinking obviously the last few years, I've learned quite a bit playing on the PGA TOUR.  But my coach and I really have sat down, we sat down this last week and we talked hours about what do I need to do to win a golf tournament.  I think I really have figured it out, and I think I need to play one or two tournaments max in a row and just practice, practice, practice at home and put a lot of reps into the golf swing, get the golf swing a lot sharper than what it usually is.  I think in the past I've given myself an idea, hey, I need to go play three or four in a row and get golf going.  That's the case sometimes, but in my case right now, as sharp as my short game and my putting are, I just need to get the golf swing really sharp, and right now it worked.  The last four days in a row I must have hit 2,500 balls and three times that in reps.  And I think that's my recipe, and that's what I used to do back in college when I played really well and I was really successful at that, only played a few tournaments a year, just reps, reps, reps, and do it like the best guys in the world, Tiger, Phil, Steve Stricker.  They're playing 13, 14, 15 events a year, I guess 15 to 18, and they're coming prepared to win.  That's what I want to do.  I've tried everything else.  I'm going to try this.
CHRIS REIMER:  Congratulations, and good luck tomorrow.
Gary Woodland (Usa) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 205 (-11)
Q. Maybe just some comments about your round.  I don't know if you thought you'd be within a shot or two of the lead heading into the final round, but it looks like you're going to be that way.  Maybe just thoughts going into today and talk about your round today.
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, obviously I wanted to go out and get off to a good start.  I did that.  To shoot 5 under and only be a couple off the lead, I didn't think that would happen.  Keegan was obviously playing really well.  But there were a lot of guys ahead of me that are obviously playing good.  I'm in a good spot, been playing well, go out and play well tomorrow and see what happens.
Q.  Looking at this golf course, it's relatively short or not overly long, really, really tight fairways, probably not a typical golf course for somebody like you or Bubba who I think shot 65 today.  Kind of talk about just your strategy playing this golf course because you can't obviously overpower it?
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, it's tough.  The good thing is it's soft so it is playing longer than the number, and the ball is going a long way, though.  The key is to get the ball in the fairway.  You do that, the greens are good enough that you can make putts.  I've been driving the ball well.  I'm still hitting a lot of drivers for me, so I keep driving it well and see what happens tomorrow.
Q.  What did you work on in the off season?
GARY WOODLAND:  I've been playing good.  I've been playing good for a long time, I just haven't been putting it great and got a little putting tip from Phil actually this week, and it's been working pretty well.  Excited about that.
Q.  And with Tony on the bag, he's been with Greg, he's been with Adam.  Talk about
GARY WOODLAND:  He's been where I want to go.  It's been a good deal.  We're obviously still getting to know each other a little bit, but we're having a lot of fun doing it, and it helps me play well.
Q.  Did you know him already or
GARY WOODLAND:  Yeah, I knew him.  Obviously he's worked with Greg and Adam, so he's been around the Harmons a long time, so being around the Harmons I've gotten to know him, and hopefully we can get better.
Q.  In terms of the game plan tomorrow, I'm not sure you thought you'd be in the final group tomorrow.
GARY WOODLAND:  Exactly.  We'll just keep doing what we're doing.  Game plan is set, we've just got to execute.
Q.  And in terms of getting off to a nice start with the wrap around season and a no cut event and being able to come out with a win tomorrow, finishing high in terms of FedExCup points
GARY WOODLAND:  That's huge.  That's why I came.  That's why I came here was to get off to a good start.  This will be the last event I play on the PGA TOUR this year, so I wanted to come over and obviously play well and enjoy the off season a little bit better.  You can do that when you get off to a good start.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Third Round 69 (-3), Final Round 205 (-11)
THE MODERATOR:  69 today, one shot out of the lead.  Must have been an exciting day for you today.  Tell us about the day.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I feel really pleased with the way I'm playing.  It was a good start, three days in a row on the front nine, but struggling a bit on the back.  Three rounds, kind of mixed golf on the back nine.  But I'm working on my putting a lot from yesterday, and that helped.  Happy with 3 under, and just a good chance I'll catch up on the final round.
THE MODERATOR:  A bit of an incident on the 13th hole where I think your ball moved.  Can you talk us through it and tell us what happened.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I had my mark on the ball, and I put the ball all the way in the center.  When I walked to the ball, I only looked at the pin.  First time I looked back at the ball I see my marker not on center.  Normally it is, and I'm sure my ball is moving.  I walk in and just walk out and called the ruling, and I'm really sure that I haven't touched the club before I ball moved.  There was not any penalties or just play as it lies.
THE MODERATOR:  Tomorrow is going to be a big, big day.  Talk about that.
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  Well, I don't want to talk myself always, just try to play my game, stick to my game plans and just play on my form.  I don't would not to look at the leaders too much, so if you look at the score, maybe the results are so tough to make the score.  Just try to focus and play and enjoy golf the final round.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
Q.  Once again you make Asians proud.  Is that going to be a burden for you coming for the last round tomorrow?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I don't want to push a lot of pressure to me.  Like I say, I just want to play    have a good golf, have fun, try to do every shot the best of mine, and whether I'm going to win or I'm going to loss, if I shoot 10 under or 10 over and I do my best things, I always accept and am happy with that.
Q.  After the 13th hole incident, was it playing on your mind the remaining holes?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  No.  I haven't had anything in my mind.  I think I got the right rules.  It's just the rule is there, as well.  But after that hole I get double on 14, it's not the problem from 13, it's just bad campaigns, bad tee shot, as well.  Like I say, 3 under for the day is not bad.  I mean, I'm happy with that.
Q.  Will you be able to draw from any experience on the final day of the Malaysian Open to maybe help you for tomorrow's final day?
KIRADECH APHIBARNRAT:  I get a lot of experience when I win, and I can say I was happy after I hit the shot from the bunkers, and I think that I learned a lot from that event, try to be more focused at the game, walk and play in my game.  That's it.  What the result is, I'm happy with it.
Jerry Kelly (Usa) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 206 (-10)
Q.  Good day for you, 66.  What went right for you?
JERRY KELLY:  You know, I finally got the ball in the fairway.  That's my game, and I haven't been doing it all week.  Just trying to concentrate on staying stable on my tee shots, not trying to stretch it past the bunkers, just get them in between them.
Q.  You're going to be in pretty good position heading into the final round.  There will probably be a bunch of guys ahead of you, but just thoughts going into the final round on what you want to do?
JERRY KELLY:  I mean, boy, the course is there.  If you get the ball in the fairway, the course is right there, just crisp iron shots, get the ball in the fairway, crisp iron shots, make putts.  That's it.
Q.  How important is it for you these first five or six events during the fall to kind of get off to a good start where you can secure your card for next year and do all that stuff, get it out of the way early?
JERRY KELLY:  Yeah, it would be nice, but it's not a priority.  You know, it's a long year, as you know, and I've been improving.  I found something like Riviera last year, and I've been improving all year, and that's all that matters to me.  I keep getting better.  I'm getting older, so getting better is a good thing.  But I feel really good about the game.  It's not going to be there every day, but it's been there a lot more consistently than it has in my recent past.
Q.  And in terms of being relatively early in the season, nice to have a no cut event where you know you're going to play four rounds and maybe get a little momentum or maybe if you're not playing well maybe find something in the third round or fourth round?
JERRY KELLY:  Absolutely.  Tough travel on the old man, but they hand out those greenbacks for nothing, I'm coming.
Keegan Bradley (Usa) – Third Round 76 (+4), Total 207 (-9)
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Just didn't play really well today.  Just was pretty ugly.
Q.  Were you just not feeling it or did one mistake cause you to lose some confidence?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  No, I didn't hit fairways today, and I hit a couple balls in the water, a couple bad breaks.  I got a bad break on 18.  But I'm still only three shots back with one round to play.
Q.  Going into tomorrow three shots back, how do you regroup and refocus?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Well, I've just got to put that behind me today and kind of go out tomorrow and pretend like it's the first round again.  I've got to shoot something really low.
Q.  Can you talk about the shift in momentum at 12 where Ryan hit first, hit it in the water and then you hit it short and into a back bunker and how that played out?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Well, in the third round we're not really too worried about what each other is doing, but just hit it in the rough there and came out really slow, went in the bunker, plugged in the hazard, and I kind of chopped it out.  I didn't think it was going to come out as hot as it did, and I made double.
Q.  The first two days you talked about how many fairways you hit and that's a classic if you hit the fairway there you probably don't have much problem at all?
KEEGAN BRADLEY:  Yeah, just not enough fairways today.
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Third Round 71 (-1), Total 223 (+7)
Q. Thoughts on your round?
A. I’m hitting much better compared to the first two days. I bogeyed 11 but that was a tough hole. I bogeyed 14 because I hit it over the green. On 16 I just went for the green and birdied that. I missed a short putt on 17 and that was painful.
Q. A better last nine holes?
A. I told myself that I can do better on the front nine and did just that. I had one eagle and one birdie without any bogeys.
Q. Talk about your eagle?
A. I hit a good drive and hit my three-wood to about three feet.
Q. How will you approach the last day?
A. I will play like how I did today. I have nothing to lose.
Q. Are you thinking about the money?
A. I never think about the prize money. My main motivation is playing with the PGA TOUR players. If I think about the money then I will feel pressure.
Q. Goals on the last day?
A. Hopefully I will shoot a five or six under to move to the top-50 or 60 tomorrow.