Mardan slips but remains positive #PerthIntl

Sat 27 Feb 2016

Mardan slips but remains positive #PerthIntl

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Perth, Australia, February 27: Singapore’s Mardan Mamat was left to rue two costly bogeys in his last three holes after he fired a third consecutive three-under-par 69 during the third round of the ISPS Handa Perth International on Saturday.
The five-time Asian Tour winner kept a close distance with third round leader Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa especially after an eagle-birdie sprint on holes 14 and 15 brought him to within five shots back of the Major winner at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
“I was struggling in the initial holes but I managed to get my momentum back on my back-nine. I was talking to my caddy on the 14th tee box on whether I should go for the green or just lay up.
“His advice was that the worse-case scenario would be the ball landing up in the bunker. I managed to hit the ball well, carry it through the bunker and saw it landing on the green,” said the 48-year-old Singaporean.
Mardan’s run was then halted after two dropped shots on 16 and 18 saw him slip down the leaderboard to a share of sixth place with his three-day total of nine-under-par 207 at the A$1.75 million event which is seeing the return of the Asian Tour to Australia after seven years.
“I would be lying if I said I was not looking at the leaderboard. I got close to the leaders after making another birdie on 15 but dropped two shots in the last three holes which pegged me back,” said Mardan.
Despite that setback, Mardan still believes in the unpredictability of golf and is ready for the final day charge.
“You never know, anything can happen tomorrow. If I putt well, I should be able to post a low score tomorrow.
“I’ve gained more confidence this week and I’m feeling really positive about myself,” said Mardan.
Ends.
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