Fraser slips but remains positive #OlympicGolf

Sun 14 Aug 2016

Fraser slips but remains positive #OlympicGolf

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 13: Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Marcus Fraser kept himself in the mix after signing for a one-over-par 72 to trail leader Justin Rose of England by three shots following the penultimate round of the Olympic men’s golf tournament on Saturday.
The 38-year-old Australian, who held the lead for the first two rounds, marked his card with one birdie against two bogeys for a nine-under-par 204 total to sit in third place heading into the all-important final round, where Golf will crown its first Olympic champion in 112 years.
Golf – Olympics: Day 8 Justin Rose of England
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, delivered a brilliant 65 to take a one-shot lead over reigning Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who carded a second consecutive 68 in front of large and enthusiastic crowds at Reserva de Marapendi.
Despite failing to work his magic on the course where he had shot a course record 63 in the opening round, Fraser kept his head up as he continues to chase for the gold medal.
“I felt a little bit scrappy out there. I felt like the wind direction didn't really suit me to be honest.  It made some of those holes pretty long and couldn't even reach some of the par-fours. I didn't play well and I was a little bit off. But I'm pretty happy that I sort of stuck in there and managed to make plenty of par saves and gave myself a chance tomorrow,” said Fraser.
“I will stick to my game plan tomorrow.  I feel like I'm a fairly aggressive player.  I'll continue to do that.  If it comes off, it comes off.  If it doesn't, it doesn't.  You've just got to walk away knowing that you've given it everything you can and hopefully that's good enough at the end of the day,” he added.
Rose, who bagged eagles at the third and fifth holes to soar to the top of the leaderboard, admitted it “felt great” to be in the gold medal position going into the final round.
“I felt like today was an important day. There were a lot of players in contention after yesterday and I felt like today could be a day to separate or at least keep some momentum and not give myself too much work to do tomorrow.  Obviously, this tournament has been very special and very different for all of us,” said Rose.
Golf – Olympics: Day 8 Henrik Stenson of Sweden
Stenson commented: “In my mind, we're still going for one thing - gold.  Even though the consolation prizes might be better here than some other events in a way, it's still the No. 1 spot that I'm looking for and I'm going to try my hardest to make that happen.  It's been a long and tiring stretch for me the last month, so I'm just going to try and squeeze whatever I have left in the tank for the final 18 holes.”
Thai star Kiradech Aphibarnrat signed for a second straight 69 to emerge as the highest-placed Asian alongside Chinese Taipei’s Pan Cheng-tsung, who returned with a 71. The duo stays eight shots off the pace in tied-12th position on 209.
Korea’s Byeonghun An sits a further shot back in tied-14th following a 70 while India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia battled to a 69 to grab a share of 22nd place on 211.
Ends.
Selected Asian scores:
T12 (209) – Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) 71-69-69, Pan Cheng-tsung (Twn) 69-69-71
T14 (210) – Byeonghun An (Kor) 68-72-70
T22 (211) – S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) 71-71-69
T26 (212) – Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 70-75-67, Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 74-69-69
T36 (214) – Li Haotong (Chn) 70-73-71
T39 (215) – Wu Ashun (Chn) 74-71-70
T51 (219) – Danny Chia (Mas) 73-70-76, Gavin Green (Mas) 73-74-72, Jeunghun Wang (Kor) 70-72-77
55 (220) – Siddikur Rahman (Ban) 75-70-75
56 (221) – Miguel Tabuena (Phi) 73-75-73
T57 (222) – Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 74-73-75
59 (226) – Shingo Katayama (Jpn) 74-75-77