Patient Rai stays in title hunt #HoTramOpen

Sat 05 Dec 2015

Patient Rai stays in title hunt #HoTramOpen

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Ho Tram, Vietnam, December 5: India’s Himmat Rai vowed to stick to his process and routine after battling into contention with a three-under-par 68 in the third round of the US$1.5 million Ho Tram Open on Saturday.
The one-time Asian Tour winner suffered a double bogey on the par three fourth hole following a poor chip after an opening birdie but recovered with four more birdies to trail leader Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei by three shots at The Bluffs Ho Tram Strip.
Rai, 28, said: “I played really good and kept to my strategy. It is about sticking to the routine and doing it over and over again. It was good how I bounced back from the double bogey. During the round, I didn’t even remember I made a double bogey. For the whole day, I was trying to hit it one shot at a time.”
Nicholas Fung of  Malaysia Nicholas Fung of Malaysia
He has not tasted victory since his dramatic five-way play-off win in Singapore in 2011 and is keen to secure a second victory. “A win is what we are all here for. For me it is strictly about playing one shot at a time and enjoying the moment. I’m happy with the way I’m playing,” said Rai.
“I regrouped well from the double bogey and didn’t feel down. That’s something I can learn from this round and use it in future rounds. I played earlier in the year on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) in a typhoon in Taipei. That really helped me get used to play in these (windy) conditions,” he added.
Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Koh Deng Shan of Singapore will also be fighting for a strong finish at the inaugural Ho Tram Open as they ended the day tied ninth, seven shots off the pace.
After a dismal outward 40, Fung nailed five birdies over six holes at the turn to salvage a 72.
“I started so bad and lost focus at the start of my third round. I woke up at 4.30am to resume my second round in two under and then had a quick breakfast after the round before going out again for my third round,” he said.
“Everything wasn’t right and I lost my focus, the swing was gone and even my putting was bad. But I managed to fight back on the back nine. I just told my caddie “let’s just play”. It was a good recovery with five birdies in six holes. I’ll take this score. There’s still plenty to play for tomorrow,” said Fung.
Singapore’s Koh holed a 25-foot par putt on the last hole to keep himself in the position for his best finish on the Asian Tour.
“The wind was not so strong but it was still difficult. I missed a few birdie chances on the back nine but I’m still happy with the result. I’ve been calm the last three days and I like playing on this golf course.”