Indonesia Open-Rd 3 What they said

Sat 30 Nov 2013

Indonesia Open-Rd 3 What they said

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Read what players have to say after the third round of the US$750,000 Indonesia Open on Saturday.
Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (Tha) – Third Round 68 (-3), Total 200 (-13)
I started very well today. I made two birdies in a row but struggled a bit on the 7, 8 and 12. Luckily I managed to fight back towards the end of the round. It’s a tough round today but I’m quite happy with how I played. It was getting windy out there and the greens got firmer and faster. It was harder to putt today.
It has been a good three rounds so far. I enjoyed playing with Gaganjeet Bhullar. He’s a very good player. He’s very consistent. I like to watch him play. I didn’t feel pressurized playing with him. He’s a nice guy. I’m looking forward to playing with him again tomorrow.
I’m very confident with my game right now. I just finished top five in Manila two weeks ago. I think I carried on the confidence to my game this week. This golf course is kind of similar to the one I played in Manila so I think that’s an advantage for me.
This course is a bit too long for me but I’m glad to be playing well here. I just turned 18 years old four days ago. If I can win tomorrow, it would be a great birthday present for me. I’m looking forward to going back home next week. My dad and sister have made plans to celebrate for me already. I just hope to enjoy my game tomorrow. Hopefully I can see some good results!
Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 200 (-13)
I had a shaky start. It was a par five on the first hole and I never thought that I would start with a double bogey. I made back-to-back birdies on 3 and 4. I was striking the ball really good but had so many lip outs. I have another 18 holes and the battle is on. Jazz is playing good and a lot of other guys are up there.
I’m feeling top of my game and I’m hoping to have another good week tomorrow. I woke up at 3.30am this morning because I had to finish two holes (second round). After that I went to the locker room and slept for three hours. That gave me a lot of energy to go on to the next round.
When you are on the golf course, you are pretty much in the zone and you don’t realise if you are tired because you are excited to play out there. I didn’t feel any tiredness towards the end of the round.
I would say the second shot on 18. I would never go for the flag but I said that I’m right up there so I might as well give my 100% in this shot and that was the decider I guess. I had about 153 feet to the stick and hit my seven iron to about five feet left of the flag and holed it.
Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) - Third Round 68 (-3), Final Round 202 (-11)
The conditions are quite tough. I only had one bad hole otherwise my round was okay. I hit a lot of fairways and greens. It was a good round. I still have a chance to win. I played solid for every day. I just had a couple of bad shots. I think three-under is a very good round and I’m happy to be in this position.
Rory Hie (Ina) – Third Round 68 (-3), Final Round 204 (-9)
It was exactly what I was looking for. I think I made up some ground to give myself a better chance going into the last round. That’s all I can ask for which is to get a chance to win my national Open.
I hit a really good three wood on the first hole. I didn’t make it but it was still a good shot. I made a lot of putts to save par so that was good.
I feel like I want to win more than anyone out there in the field because it is my National Open. I’m confident that I can play well and win on the course.
It is pretty exhausting preparing for this tournament. I felt like I’ve taken another step in my mental approach to the game this week. There were times when I felt like it is getting away from me but I kept reminding myself to keep playing and keep going. Hopefully I can win tomorrow.
There’s a lot on the line because there’s only one Indonesian that won our National Open. Hopefully we can have a repeat winner this year.
It is good news to see three amateurs made the cut because it shows that Indonesian juniors are playing well and growing as a nation in golf. Hopefully we will see more good players come out.
Jyoti RANDHAWA (Ind) – Third Round 65 (-6), Total 204 (-9)
I had an eagle on the 13th. I hit with an eight iron to just the edge on the left. From there I used a loft wedge and chip into the hole from about 15 feet. That was a good shot. I played very good on the 16, 17 and 18 where I got three consecutive birdies. It’s been really windy out there. I don’t find the greens easy to putt on but I did make some putts today. I hit the ball very well today.
I was lucky yesterday because I finished in the morning. I managed to get enough rest before coming to play today. It’s a great golf course. The fairways are playing perfect and the greens are really nice.
My ball striking was great today. I like the way I’m playing. I feel good about doing better tomorrow. I just have to do what I did today. If I can do that, I will be happy.
Anirban LAHIRI (Ind) – Third Round 67(-4), Total 206 (-7)
I think I played very good. I started very well. I birdied three of the first four holes. Apart from the last hole, I played very good for the whole day today. I could have made a few more putts but I’m getting the confidence going into the final round tomorrow.
The course has a great layout and I remembered playing here four years back in the same event. I enjoyed myself back then as well. It’s a good test especially when the wind gets up. It’s not the easiest thing to control the ball in the wind. If there’s no wind, there’s a great opportunity for players to go low.
I enjoyed coming to Indonesia and playing the course here. I haven’t played nearly as well as I should have for the first two rounds. It was a bit disappointing as I finished poorly and struggled to get my momentum going. I think I played much more solid today. I am happy with how I played today. I’m putting better progressively. Hopefully, I can shoot a better round tomorrow.