#HIO2015 Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 21 Feb 2015

#HIO2015 Rd 3 What They Said

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S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – Third Round 69 (-2), Total 201 (-12)
I feel great. I missed a few putts but I’m still happy. I missed my eight iron on the 17th hole or else, I would have still been bogey free.
My tee shot on the 16th hole landed in the trees but it wasn’t as bad as it looked. I hit a low shot and I was able to save par.
I want to think and play positive on the final day. The final round is always special so I will play aggressively. The wind changed and it was totally different from the last two days. I just kept playing low ball flights.
I played my own game and not thinking that I’m playing match play. That’s my target. If anyone is coming closer, let them. I just want to focus on my own game. I’m trying to be calm but I’m feeling very frustrated inside!
Siddikur Rahman (Ban) – Third Round 70 (-1), Total 203 (-10)
It was a good day. I had a nice rhythm and picked up a couple of shots until the double bogey. But I managed to recover well and made a great par save on 17 and then managed to birdie the last so overall I am happy with one under today. The birdie at the last was very important. Anything can happen in this game – I am looking forward tomorrow and hopefully I can play the way I did on Thursday. I tried not to look too much at what SSP was doing today – I tried to focus on my own game and keep hitting the greens in regulation and try to make some birdie putts.
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Marcus Fraser (Aus) – Third Round 67 (-4), Total 206 (-7)
Today was really good. I didn’t make the same mistakes I made the first couple of days. It could have been better but I am pretty sure the majority of guys say that to you when they walk off the course no matter what they have shot. I love this golf course – I wish we could play here every week. Here and the Hong Kong Golf Club. It’s just a proper golf course and you have to play the way the game should be played around here in my opinion. Most weeks nowadays you tee it up as high as you can and hot it as hard as you can and that isn’t the way the game should be played. You should have to think your way round and that’s what you have to do here.
I have a little chance tomorrow but I will have to shoot pretty low and hope that SSP and Siddikur don’t do that which is difficult to see at the moment. Those two guys play here like it’s their back yard. They just love the course as well and you can see why in their results. But hopefully I can go out there tomorrow and give it a go.
Daniel Chopra (Swe) – Third Round 65 (-6), Total 207 (-6)
It was a really good day. I played a lot more aggressively because I realised that if you play too safe at the DGC it tends to dominate you. I thought that with a bit of luck I might get away. So I am happy with the way the day turned out. Another round like today, you never know.
Today I didn’t hit the irons as well as yesterday, but I scored a lot better. Finally, the 5 iron on the approach to the 18th set me up nicely for the eagle. I also used the driver today for the first time in three days on the 3rd, 9th, 10th & 18th.  Score wise, this is my best round at the DGC and that makes me feel good.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Third Round 70 (-1), Total 208 (-5)
I’m quite disappointed especially with the way I finished. I played decent when I birdie nine to get to seven-under. I needed to push harder on the back nine but instead of going forward, I went backwards. That was terrible.
The 10th hole was where I lost my rhythm. I had two terrible three putts, on the fourth and last holes. The 10th hole has been a momentum killer for me this week expect for round two. I made the same mistake of hitting it over the green. I’m kick myself for not having learnt from Thursday’s mistakes.
In past years, every time I made a run for the title, I managed to pick up a couple of shots on 10, 11 and 12. I wasn’t able to do that. If you can get off to a good start on the back nine then it allows you to stay positive. I did the opposite today. Losing my golf ball on 13 knocked my wind off my sails. I don’t have too many complaints.
The way these guys are playing, I don’t think I have a chance. I can definitely make a run. The last time we had the Indian Open, Siddikur went backwards. Sometimes funny things can happen on this course. Hats off to Chawrasia, he is playing great.
I’ve dropped too many shots this week. My goal tomorrow is to stay bogey free. I’ll take 18 pars right now because I’m a little bit upset with how I’ve been dropping shots.