Round three: What they said #HIO2018

Sat 10 Mar 2018

Round three: What they said #HIO2018

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Shubhankar Sharma (Ind) Third Round 72 (even-par), Total 209 (-7)

It was very windy today. The first two days were surprisingly calm. The course played really tough and I’m very happy with a 72. It was a mixed bag as everything happened. I holed out at the second, made a few good birdies and got a bad bounce on the 17th. I’m very pleased with the birdie at the last, which allowed me to grab a share of the lead. I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

At the second hole, where I holed out, I had a bad lie in the bunker. It was downslope and I didn’t want to duff it, as I’ll have no chance of an up-and-down if that happened. I caught it just on the ball which went over. The ball just came out three yards in front and it went to the centre of the cup.  At the fifth hole, as soon as I hit it, I knew I had a birdie chance.

I kept telling my caddie that this is our home course. You can’t overpower this course. So, I told myself, just hang in there. I will hit a few bad shots and I understand that it’s all part of the game. You just have to stay patient.

I was one-under-par after nine holes, which was crucial. I’m happy to be able to come back with birdies on seven and eight. The birdie on 10th was fantastic as the hole was played off the back tees. I have always played the 10th from the front tee box.

I made a few bad swings coming in, got a bad bounce on the 17th, but other than that, I think I played pretty solidly.

I smashed my driver on the 18th. I’m happy that I had a short club in. It was a pretty easy chip from the greenside rough. Even though I didn’t hit the chip perfectly, the ball still rolled next to the pin and I’m happy to make that putt.

I’m just looking forward to playing out there again. I just want to have fun. It’s the second week in the row I’m in the leading group. I’m going to draw from my experiences last week. I know it’s going to be a battle out there tomorrow and I’ll be ready for it.

Matt Wallace (Eng) Third Round 70 (-2), Total 209 (-7) 

It was hard. I played really nice. That 17th hole was brutal today. I mean, we all played it differently and managed to find ourselves in the same position. I hit a lob wedge in there and couldn’t hold the green, so yeah, it was tough. The wind was gusting around in different directions. I’m pretty happy with my score.

Every hole is a test. Like I said yesterday, every hole is a double bogey waiting to happen. I just took every hole as it came and played it as well as possible. That eagle on nine was probably the highlight of my week, and year, so far.

I’m very happy. There are some brilliant players up there on the leaderboard. You know, there is going to be a charge tomorrow and someone is going to play well. I just have to go out there and try to execute like I did today and see how it goes.

I’m going to rock up tomorrow and do the same as I’ve done all week. It’s such a hard golf course that you have got to play well. I’ll try to get a good night of sleep tonight and go from there.

Stephen Gallacher (Sco) Third Round 67 (-5) Total  210 (-6)

It’s getting tougher now - the wind has picked up and they put a few tees back today so it was playing its full length. So, I’m delighted with that. I just played really solid the whole day, to be honest.

I’ve played good all week, I’ve just not taken my chances. Today there were a few pins that were really tough. As I said, the tees were back, it was playing its longest, swirling winds. Anything under par was brilliant and I had a good finish there so it sets me up for tomorrow.

I just hit quality shots really. Just went up the middle and gave myself a chance. I was on the greens. I think I only missed a couple of greens today and a couple of fairways.

Sometimes you’ve just got to take it on the chin, play away from the pins and leave yourself a bit of a longer putt. I left myself some nice numbers and got it pin high. That’s all you need to do.

On 17 it was a five iron, eight iron to twelve feet and then holed it. Just a bit different from yesterday. I doubled it yesterday but it’s one of these holes – if you get good numbers you can birdie it but if you’re a wee bit out and need to manufacture something you can score anything.

On 19 I just laid up and hit a sand wedge to about eight feet and holed it.

It’s just a tough course. You’ve got to play well, it’s as simple as that. You’ve got to be a bit strategic in places about where you leave it and you’ve just got to hit solid shots.

I’m knackered, I’m going back for a sleep. You just can’t let up on any shot. It’s like playing a major kind of style. Even if you hit a good tee shot you’ve got to work hard on your next shot and your next shot. It’s mentally tough.

If I play like that tomorrow I’ve got to have a chance.

Andrew Johnston (Eng) Third Round 73 (+1), Total 211 (-5)

My round was not too bad. I felt that I didn’t played too well today, but I scrambled really well. I made a lot of good up and downs. It was not my best golf but being one-over-par still hasn’t put me out of the tournament. So, it was a good day.

You see the scoreboard and see a lot of people going backwards. The pins were tricky and the winds picked up. You just have to be patient. I made a chip-in for eagle and no birdies the whole round. It was a lot of scrambling. I made a lot of six to 10 footers for par.

I was happy to be level par after three holes. I hit two lovely shots at the fourth, and I hit a chip shot that went in, so happy days!

Being three off the lead is good!

In the final round, you have to wait and see where the pins and things like that and take it from there. You have to play your own game. If I have a day like yesterday (when he carded 66) tomorrow, then we’ll see what happens.

Sihwan Kim (Usa), Round three 72, Total 212 (-4)

Not bad. I made a few errors coming in. It was tough out there so I’m happy with the results. It was a grind out there. Whoever grinds better will win the tournament. You can’t get defensive on this course. You have to be aggressive but know where to miss it, what’s ok and what’s bad.

There were some good pin positions today. There were some that were challenging, but it was the same for everyone. Every green has a place where you can put it for birdie.

For tomorrow, we’ll see. I’ll just keep on playing aggressively and see how it goes.

I had two chip-ins. Those were on sixth and 16th. With the wind, I couldn’t get anything close to the hole. Those two chip-ins helped my round immensely.

Paul Peterson (Usa), Round Three 73 (+1), Total 213 (-3)

I felt that I played really well. There were some good putts that didn't quite go for me on the back nine but, I tried to stay as patient as I could. I played a smart bogey on the 17th. The pin positions were pretty difficult today, especially with the winds picking. All in all, it was a good day. So many things can happen on the golf course. So, to be a few places back may be a good position to be in. It's good to have some freedom to chase those guys down. So, I'm looking forward to it.

I'll be aiming to hit more fairways and greens, managing anxieties when you have them. Here, you have to freewheel it. You must aim to play golf, not try not to play golf. You have to grab the bull by the horns and see what comes from it.