#PanasonicOpen Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 23 Apr 2016

#PanasonicOpen Rd 3 What They Said

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Shiv Kapur (Ind) – Third Round 69 (-2), Total 204 (-9)
It is a great feeling to lead in a tournament. At the start of the day, the goal was to keep doing what I’ve been doing. It was a battle of patience for me because the putts didn’t fall.
I was getting a bit impatient after 14 pars in a row. On 15 I hit my tee shot into the rough but made birdie and that got me back on track. I was one back at the start of the day and leading now so I’ll take that.
I had a couple of glances on the leaderboard but nobody was running away. There were birdies to be made today. The conditions were kinder today. I knew that if I didn’t drop any shots I’ll be in touch or in the lead. I was trying to keep hitting greens and lucky for me my putts dropped in the end.
It is never easy to win a tournament. You have to go out and play good golf. You can’t play average golf and win. Whether it is 10 or 15 guys in contention I have to go out there and play good golf. I’m going to try and stick to my game plan which is hitting fairways and greens.
I haven’t won on the Asian Tour in a long time but I’ve won on other Tours around the world. It will be nice to get another win on the Asian Tour but going into the lead is not really going to play on my mind. You always want to win.
I had a 40 feet par save on the eighth hole. That was a bonus and it kept my head in it so to speak. That hole seems to have troubled me the whole week but I got one back today and steadied ship. From there I played steady golf.
Kodai Ichihara (Jpn) – Third Round 71 (E), Total 205 (-8)
I wasn’t looking at the leaderboard much. I was just trying to focus on my own game because I wasn’t playing that well. I went back to my old putter (long putter) and it is working for me this week! I need to practice on my ball striking. I’m not concerned about other people, I just need to improve on my game.
Marcus Fraser (Aus) – Third Round 67 (-4), Total 206 (-7)
It was an ordinary start and was heading the wrong way but I made a good putt on nine from the fringe and saved par on the next hole. That was nice and I kept going. Those two holes really turned my game around.
I was frustrated and a bit disappointed with how I started. My game was there and to start like that wasn’t nice. It was frustrating more than anything but things just clicked and I made a few putts.
I played great at the end and play some good shots when you are trying to get into contention.
I hit an ordinary drive and hit a three-wood into the right rough and chipped in (6 metres) from there. It was a pretty straight forward chip but it is always nice when they go in!
Thanyakon Khrongpha (Tha) – Third Round 66 (-5), Total 206 (-7)
I had nine putts on the front nine. I was very lucky today. I holed a bunker shot on the eighth hole. I hit a bad drive on the first hole and my ball landed in the fairway bunker. That was my only mistake today.
This is my third year playing In Japan and I’m feeling comfortable, but on this golf course, it doesn’t suit my style of play. I had a lot of long putts today, and that saved me.