#MaybankChampionship Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 11 Feb 2017

#MaybankChampionship Rd 3 What They Said

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Danny Willett – Third Round 67 (-7), Total 200 (-16)
“I hit an OK drive and it leaked a little bit and nipped in by the palm trees on the right. I had 221 yards for a 247 flag and just tried to hit a big cut down out of the right. It was pretty tricky, you needed to miss that first palm tree with the leaves hanging over.
“I hit it well but it’s just gone absolutely bullet straight, and in the air I’m thinking it should probably pitch just short of the grandstand and it flew a lot further then I thought. It could have gone anywhere but luckily it’s just gone around the back and you just go and drop in the drop zone.
“It comes and goes, the luck. I missed a couple of putts but there were a couple of loose swings in there. I still hit good shots when I needed to hit them. I wasn’t making it too tough for myself when we went into the greens, we hit a lot, not necessarily close but missed a few of the chances that I had.
110217_MMC_Danny Willett (ENG) 25“It was an up and down, I’d have taken a 67 at the start of the day, it spreads the top five and top six guys out a bit more and further away, and I’m probably going to go hit a few and make a few little minor tweaks here and there and try to get the driver to where it’s been most of the week.
“You can’t change your mind set really. Today the wind was completely in the other direction and gusting and swirling so I don’t think you can talk through strategy. You’re trying to hit it to the same spots and with the wind all that happened was we changed club to try hit those spots.
“That’s what makes this golf course so fun for some of the guys, you can hit so many shots to within certain areas that different guys like hitting from.
“There’s got to be a bit of Yorkshire pudding at the Champion’s Dinner. I still haven’t finalised it yet but but I’ve still got a few ideas, to try and incorporate everything that’s going on – a bit of British, a bit of Yorkshire and try and through a few things in for the Americans as well so they like the choices too.
“I’m not sure what will win it to be honest, depends on if we pitch up and it’s flat calm. I think there’s a few guys that can go low if it’s windy like this. One or two under par is a good knock out there so I think it all depends on the weather tomorrow.”
David Lipsky (USA) – Third Round 68 (-4), Total 203 (-13)
I played really well today, didn’t it my best coming into the greens. I drove it well and scrambled well and I’m pretty happy with what I shot. Just keep doing what I’m doing. I’m playing pretty well and giving myself opportunities. I’ll need to take advantage of the par fives. That’s what I need to do.
110217_MMC_David Lipsky (USA) 21My last birdie before 18 was on 10 so I’m happy to have made that. Danny and I are friends and it’ll be neat out there compeing.
Alexander Levy – Third Round 67 (-7), Total 204 (-12)
“It was really good. I played very well today, especially from tee to green. I had a lot of good chances for birdie and I’m really happy with I’ve been playing in the last three days. It would be nice to be in the last group now and in contention in the last round.
“I used a lot of driver today from the tee, I was feeling really good with driver in my hand. It gave me a lot of wedge shots and I was also very aggressive with my wedges, made a few putts andf that was great.
“I don’t think about past victories, it’s been tough for me the last few months. I have a new coach so to be in this situation now is very nice. Tomorrow I will enjoy being in this position.”
Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) – Third Round 66 (-6), Total 205 (-11)
It’s not just today, the key this week has been to hit fairways and greens and to hole some putts. Today, I holed a lot of putts. I was striking it really well, didn’t hole enough putts the first two rounds and I’ve spent a lot of time on the practice putting green and I guess it paid off today.
Maybe a Valentine’s Day present? Eat well, sleep well and keep my body fit and firm for the final day. It’s been a really hot week and I need enough water and food to keep me going.
Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand
They call it Moving Day and in the last three events of the third round, I think I’m plus eight. I’ve been playing my first and last rounds really good. This week, I’ve kept to my routine. I’ve tried to not think it’s Saturday. I just tried to think it’s a practice round, take it easy and chill out. It came out really good.
I hit some bad shots on the bad nine but it went close to the hole. I also missed in the right direction and got up and down from everywhere. I’m going to treat tomorrow as today, try to make it feel like any other day. Just hit fairways and greens and hope to sink some putts.
It’s the first time in seven years that I’ve not missed the cut in my first three events. I’ve prepared myself really well for the new year. I’m hungry for it and I want it really bad but as I’ve said, I will try to stick to my routine and take it easy.
K.T. Kim (Kor) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 205 (-11)
I made a three putt bogey on the second hole. Hit my irons pretty good but some of my tee shots were not good. From the 11th, it was a bit better but I missed many birdie chances on the last four holes. It’s okay as I missed a few tee shots.
The greens here are difficult. Like on 16, it looks like a right to left break but the grains go from left to right. So it’s difficult to figure them out. I didn’t birdie any of the par fives today which isn’t good.
Five shots behind the leader is quite tough. Just keep trying. Playing my irons good and if I can hole a few more putts and have a good start, maybe I have a chance.
Bernd Wiesberger – Third Round 73 (+1), Total 205 (-11)
“I didn’t play great today obviously but I’ve got to say I was pretty good all through the round. I played better that the score I think. It was just completely opposite to yesterday, I couldn’t hole a putt and didn’t get the yardage.
“I didn’t get a break either like you need to so it was just frustrating. I started with the first tee shot, smashed it right down the middle and it ended up in the right rough after clipping the tree. I couldn’t get the momentum going and I had terrible pace on the greens early on.
“I three-putted the third, three-putted the sixth and it was just the complete opposite to yesterday, but whatever I did yesterday I’ll try to get that feeling back tomorrow.
“I would have loved to birdie the last obviously but it wasn’t my day today so I need a big one tomorrow.”
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Third Round 69 (-3), Total 206 (-10)
110217_MMC_Anirban Lahiri (IND) 05Quite disappointed honestly. I played really well to start the round but just never got my putter going. Missed a bunch of putts on the front nine inside of five feet and that really killed the momentum. Then it got really windy from the middle part of the round till the end and it was important to get a really good start and I couldn’t take advantage of that. Still a good grind. I fought hard and came  home stronger than what I have done in the past, so that’s a positive step.
Let’s hope so. I feel like I’ve been putting well. Just feel like I got off to a shaky start as I missed a couple of five footers and that threw me off. I’m sure the game is feeling good and if I can roll more in tomorrow, I might still have a chance.
I’m four back now, I’m not sure where I’ll finish by the end of the day. I would have liked to finished two or three shots within the lead. It’s quite disappointing as I played really well. But I’ll go into tomorrow feeling positive. There are a lot of things that I’m doing well and I’ve got to do that again.
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