#HSBCChampions Rd 3: What they said

Sat 29 Oct 2016

#HSBCChampions Rd 3: What they said

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Shanghai, October 29: Read what leading contenders have to say following their third round at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday.
Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn) Third Round 68 (-4), Total 199 (-17)
Q. Is there a degree of satisfaction when you've played as well as this?
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Satisfied with the round today, yeah, and I'm in a good place, and hopefully we can make a run for a win tomorrow.
Q. To go around, 27 holes now with no bogey on the card, that's lovely golf, isn't it?
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: It was okay. There was some tough holes I think. But again, hopefully I can keep it up and play well tomorrow.
Q. Does this mean that there's a little irritation, a little annoyance with not getting more out of today?
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: The way I played today, four birdies was good. I'm just glad I didn't make any bogeys.
Q. What is your attitude into a final round when you have a commanding lead?
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: I have a three-stroke lead but I can't think about that. There are so many good players behind; I just have to worry about my own game and play one shot at a time.
Q. When you tee it up, do you find yourself that little bit more nervous because it is the lead on a final day in a big championship?
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: Nervous, because I'm in the lead, no. But because I have a chance to win, maybe. I just have to go out and enjoy the day tomorrow and do my best.
Q. I know this is a question for tomorrow, but have you allowed yourself to think of what it would mean to win a tournament like this?
HIDEKI MATSUYAMA: I'd like to think about it, but I can't think about it, so we'll just leave it at that.
Russell Knox (Sco) Third Round 68 (-4), Total 202 (-14)
RUSSELL KNOX: I didn't feel quite as great with the putter today as the first two days, but room for improvement tomorrow.
Q. A couple of moments that could have been tricky.
RUSSELL KNOX: After hitting it in the water on 14, to make a massive putt for par was huge. And then of course I birdied the next, which is a massive momentum change there.
Those little moments are what adds up in a tournament, so I was very happy that I was able to get through those holes in 1-under. Could have been a lot worse.
Q. Those moments presumably give you the kind of lift to say you're still involved, still chasing and you've still got a very realistic chance.
RUSSELL KNOX: Absolutely. The way Hideki played today, he's probably going to play similar tomorrow. I'm going to have to be foot down, be aggressive and try and catch him.
Q. Can you give an appreciation of how well Hideki's playing?
RUSSELL KNOX: Yeah, he's playing very well. He drove the ball in play a lot. He's an extremely aggressive iron player, and when he's on, he's as good as anyone.
Q. You fancy chasing him down, though; of course you do.
RUSSELL KNOX: I'm not going to give up my title without a big fight tomorrow. I look forward to every minute tomorrow and see what happens.
Q. I imagine if we gave you a position in the last group on the first day, you'd have taken it, wouldn't you?
RUSSELL KNOX: Absolutely. I'm thrilled to be in this position.
Q. What will it take?
RUSSELL KNOX: Probably close to the round of my life I think. Going to have to play excellent golf, be patient, hole some putts. It's going to be difficult but can't wait for it.
Q. What has been the round of your life so far? Here last year?
RUSSELL KNOX: I've had a few. 59 was probably the best round I've ever had. But I'll take mid 60s tomorrow and run.
Daniel Berger (Usa) Third round 67 (-5), Total 203 (-13)
DANIEL BERGER: It's been pretty good so far today. I got off to a not so great start and putted it really well and had a bunch of birdies and had four in a row on the back nine to close out a good day.
Q. Elaborate on four in a row, because that was pretty special when you were drifting a little.
DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I kind of fell back with the bogey on 12. Just tried to hit as many balls as close as I could to the flag, and made a few putts.
Q. Is that a matter of telling yourself: I've got to do something here to stay involved?
DANIEL BERGER: I think a little bit. And part of it is trying to keep expectations down and just trying to have some fun and keep doing the same thing I've been doing the next day.
Q. There are still plenty of opportunities; the weather is so changeable and cold. But, you still, once you get to the green, there are chances, aren't there?
DANIEL BERGER: There are. Today it seemed like it started off really windy and kind of calmed down a little bit on the back nine towards the end. Just got to take advantage of the opportunities that you have.
Q. I know only time will tell, but that last hole could be critical, as well, getting something out of it.
DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, if you hit a good drive, you can go for it in two. You've just got to hang in there and hopefully it comes down to the last hole.
Q. We can't say for certain yet, but looks like you're in the final group. Going to enjoy that experience?
DANIEL BERGER: Yeah, I love the opportunity. I think for me, it's more fun to kind of play with the guy that's leading and try to put some pressure on him.
Q. Does it change your attitude?
DANIEL BERGER: No, just go and do the same thing I've been doing.