HIO Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 09 Nov 2013

HIO Rd 3 What They Said

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Siddikur (Ban) – Third round 67 (-5), Total 199 (-17)
It is always good when you shoot a bogey-free round! I didn’t even realise that (laughs). The best birdie I had was number 18. It was a tough third shot and I had to hit it close for an easy birdie. I had a lot of confidence that I could get birdie but I didn’t expect to hit it so close!
I don’t think it will be easy to win but I’m feeling positive. Well play like how I’ve been playing in the last three days. I didn’t want to look at the leaderboard but there were obviously some holes where you can avoid the board!
I didn’t read the lines properly today or my score would have been lower. It is a big advantage for me now. If I can play like how I’ve been playing, then I think I can easily win.
It has been a great week. This is the best I’ve played in my career. I’m putting and hitting the ball so well. Mentally, I’m strong and I’m very focussed.
When I won in Brunei, I had to play safe because I wanted to save my Asian Tour card and make some money to survive on the Tour. Now, I’m not playing for money. I’m hungry for achievements so that’s my target.
S.S.P. Chowrasia (Ind) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 203 (-13)
My hitting wasn’t very accurate to begin with as I kept hitting it left and right. I feel I really got going from the 14th onwards as I started finding the centre of the fairway.
My only bogey of the day came on the sixth where I found the bushes on the left and had to take a penalty drop. However, I didn’t let that bother me as I picked up birdies on the next two holes. I hit an excellent tee shot on the seventh that stopped within three feet of the flag. I also found the green in two on the par-5 eighth to set up another birdie.
I was very consistent with my putting on the back-nine as I holed birdie putts from a range of 12 to 20 feet on the 14th, 15th and 17th.
The highlight of the day has to be the third shot from 100 yards on the 18th that landed one foot from the hole. I guess that was a bonus birdie.
It’s great to end with four birdies on the last five holes. It gives me a lot of momentum going into the final round.
I did not play very aggressive golf but instead focussed on consistency. I have very good memories from this course and I would like to use that to my advantage in the final round.
Siddikur has been playing some top quality golf. He has also done well at this venue in the past. I’ll have to shoot somewhere in the region of seven-under to put up a stiff challenge on the final day.
In a way it’s good to be on the leader’s tail as all the pressure is usually on the leader.
Angelo Que (Phi) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 204 (-12)
My goal was to play well and do what I’ve been doing. I holed more putts although I had a bad start. I’m not going to complain. I was lucky the whole way. I had putts that went around the hole and went in. I’m tied third and I think I will be playing with my roommate Unho (Park). I’m going to enjoy myself.
My game has always been there. Those weeks that I missed the cut is usually because of the way I’m putting and thinking on the golf course. I’m thinking clearly this week. The two weeks off that I took have really helped me.
I didn’t do much during the two weeks. I just rest and stayed at home with the family.
Rashid Khan (Ind) – Third Round 65 (-7), Total 204 (-12)
I’m pretty happy with my round especially with how I started. I was down after six holes but I recovered really well. I had an eagle on eight. I hit a rescue off the tees and in my approach shot and had about a 15-feet eagle putt.
All my birdies were really good. I just made six pars so I was really enjoying my round. I putted really good. Everything was good. I just had two bad tee shots (6th and 9th holes). Tomorrow will be the same.
I was playing aggressively. I need a really big score to win it. I’ll give myself. I lost here in a playoff at the SAIL-SBI Open to Anirban this year. I hope I don’t go into a play-off again! Anything can happen in DGC. I hope I can get a good round again.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 205 (-11)
I made a couple of bad swings and you pay the price at DGC. That was the only different between a great round and a good round. I’m proud with the way I fought back despite the setbacks. To make a double bogey just before the turn, you lose a lot of momentum. When you get the momentum back then you give it away in the very next hole.
It is very difficult to gather yourself again and again during the same round especially on a golf course like this one. I’m glad that I fought back and gave myself a chance heading into tomorrow.
I know I’m a long way back so I have to be aggressive on the last day. But I need to respect the golf course. If I find the fairway, then I will attack the greens. If I don’t then I have to play percentage golf. I didn’t really try to do anything different. I just made more putts. I need to putt at a similar level tomorrow.
The golf course is playing easier compared to the past because it is a bit softer. I need to go lower and I’ll have that in mind when I start.
Unho Park (Aus) – Third Round 64 (-7), Total 206 (-10)
I think this is my best score at the Delhi Golf Club, although I did shoot a seven-under in the practice round. I’m just happy I didn’t blow up in the last few holes. I had a third place finish here before in 2003 so that’s my best result here. I love coming back to this course. I’ve been searching for my first Asian Tour win for 10 years! Siddikur is too far ahead so I don’t know if I can catch him. He doesn’t make too many mistakes.
Just nerves I think (when asked what’s been holding him back from winning his first Asian Tour title). I won small events but not just on the Asian Tour. I don’t know if it is a jinx but hopefully I will get a surprise win.
At the beginning of the week, I was certainly thinking about my Asian Tour card (59th on the Order of Merit). I’m here now at 10-under but halfway through yesterday’s round I made a double bogey and I thought to myself, ‘am I going to make the cut? I just need to make the cut’. That took a bit of pressure off when I made the weekend.