MTM: Rd3 What They Said

Sat 04 Oct 2014

MTM: Rd3 What They Said

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Taipei, October 4: Read to find out what players have to say following the third round of the US$650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Saturday.
STEVE LEWTON (ENG) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-1), TOTAL 212 (-4)
I got off to a really good start. The three consecutive birdies from the fifth hole kind of got my round going. I made a silly drop shot on nine and made a really great putt for par on the 10th. That kept my momentum going. I picked up another great birdie on the 14th but made another silly drop shot on the 16th. On the whole, I was happy with my game today.
I am just going to play the same tomorrow, stick to the same game plan and do what I’ve been doing for the past three rounds. It has been really good so far. I enjoyed the course, the weather and being in Taiwan. I love the food which was really fantastic.
I think I’ve learnt to play the golf course a little bit after missing the cuts in the last two years. The grass here in Taiwan is very different from what I grew up playing on back home in England. The grass is really grainy here. It has taken me a few rounds to get used to it.
You have to try and hit as many fairways and greens as possible to score well here.
ADILSON DA SILVA (BRA) – THIRD ROUND 72 (EVEN PAR), TOTAL 213 (-3)
I just couldn’t get myself into the game today as compared to how I did yesterday. I couldn’t hit it straight as well with the strong winds getting in and out. I felt like I was hitting good shots but ended up a bit too short or a bit too long. I think that got into me slowly but I hung in there. I still made good shots and I putted well. It wasn’t easy. It was tricky out there. I just have to try and stick to my game tomorrow and try not to get frustrated out there. It’s not easy to do that but I’m playing well. Patience would be the key tomorrow and I will try to hit shot by shot.
ANTONIO LASCUNA (PHI) – THIRD ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 213 (-3)
The birdies on the front nine really got my game going today. I looked at the leaderboard at the turn and saw my name up there. I was really excited but I kind of lost the momentum after the bogey on the 12th hole. I lost my focus and ended up with another bogey on the 16th. I keep telling myself to stay focused but it didn’t seem to work on the back nine. Overall, I am still very happy with my round today. The playing conditions were pretty much the same today. I don’t want to give myself any pressure tomorrow. I just want to enjoy my game and try my best.
RAHIL GANGJEE (IND) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 215 (-1)
It was a really windy day today. It was windier than the first two days but I thought I played quite solid. I hit it decent and I made a few more putts than I would normally make on these greens. You have to read the wind really accurately to play well here. The wind conditions are different at every hole. If you read well, you could end up very far away from the pin and it’s not something that you would want as the greens are very grainy here. You also need to putt well out there.
This golf course demands your full attention so I will keep doing what I’ve been doing tomorrow and we will see how it goes. With how I have played in the past three rounds, I am aiming to finish top three or top four tomorrow as it could likely get me in for the CIMB Classic next month.
CAMERON SMITH (AUS) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 214 (-2)
I felt better playing on this golf course today. My putts kept going in today so I’m happy with how I played. I think a couple of the pins are easier today but it was still windy out there. I will stick to the same game plan for tomorrow and we will see how it goes.
LU WEN TEH (TPE) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 216 (EVEN PAR)
My putting was solid today. It feels smoother as compared to the last two days. I didn’t get as many bogeys as I did in the last two rounds. The course feels different from previous years as the greens are better. I treat it as a new course which I’ve never played before. I guess that worked out for me.  I will do my best tomorrow and not think so much about winning. I’m prepared to grind out some good results for the remaining season. Hopefully a good result this week will set me well for the busy schedule ahead.
Ends.