RWMM-Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 22 Nov 2014

RWMM-Rd 3 What They Said

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Manila, November 22: Read what players have to say following the penultimate round of the Resorts World Manila Masters presented by 918.com on Saturday.
Mardan Mamat (Sin) – Third round 66 (-6), Total 199 (-17)Mardan Mamat 01
I got off to a great start today which kind of gave me a good cushion. I kept myself in my own zone at the start. I knew I had to stay calm out there to maintain my lead. I had to keep myself comfortable which is key for me to play well out there. I managed to do that and I am happy with my round today.
I felt comfortable in every shot I made for the first few holes. It was a bit rusty on the back nine but I hung in there and finished one-under. I had a bit of misjudgment on 13. I think it’s because of the wind which was not as strong as yesterday. I hit a rescue yesterday and it was good. But when I hit it again today, the wind started to pick up. I had some mud on my ball which affected it as well. That was why I bogeyed that hole.
But these things happen. You can’t be 100% perfect in every shot you make. You are bound to make some errors. I told myself even if I bogey that hole, it wouldn’t affect me much because I will still be in the lead. I moved on from that hole and managed to calm myself down.
I’ve been struggling with my  game all these while so it would mean a lot for me to win this tournament. I think I would move to the Philippines if I can win here again! (laughs)
I think my game is heading towards the right direction. I’ve been playing well these two weeks. One more day to go, hopefully I can get the job done tomorrow. I’ve got a lot of support from the local crowd here and I really appreciate that.
I know Prom Meesawat played really good today. I met him at the driving range just now and he told me to watch out for him tomorrow. (laughs)
It’s good to see young Asian players coming up. I played with Wang Jeung-hun today and I think he has a great future ahead. With young players like Rashid Khan winning last week, I think Asian golf is heading towards the right direction. I’m looking forward to play with Kiradech Aphibarnrat tomorrow. He’s a very good player and I know he is a long-hitter so we will see how it goes tomorrow.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Third round 68 (-4), Total 203 (-13)Kiradech00001
I’ve been hitting the driver well all day. 15 is a par five, dogleg left and the wind was pushing from the left and I was trying to turn the ball from right to left but I didn’t strike it well. But I got lucky as it hit a tree and bounced back into the course and I made birdie on that hole. It could be a big turning point for me.
I am very solid right now. Last two days, I’m playing good golf. Striking a lot of good iron shots. Missed a few putts but I’m rolling the ball pretty well.
I talked to my caddie on the last hole to get a birdie and get ourselves into the final group so that we can try to put pressure on Mardan. Today, he started so well. I missed bogey on seven and I was like one or two shots behind but after turning on nine, I was like five shots behind. I made birdie on 10 and he still made birdies. His golf is solid. This course suits his game and it’s not so long and he’s a consistent player.
If I can get some early birdies tomorrow, I might be able to put some pressure on him.
I’ve been struggling in the beginning of the year but I’ve worked hard with my coach and dad and I’ve managed to play some good golf in the last few months. Hopefully I have a good result and get something back.
Lionel Weber (Fra) – Third Round 64 (-8), Total 204 (-12)
Everything went well for me today. It was a great day out there. I played my irons very well and my putting was good too. My putter felt really good. I struggled a bit with my putter in the last tournament but it has worked for me today. I felt a bit more relaxed as well. I was more comfortable as well. I was really in good form.
It was less windy compared to the first two rounds. I guess that explains the low scores today. The course is playing a little bit shorter as well. It’s important for me to play well tomorrow. I’m looking for a good finish to boost my rankings on the Order of Merit. I just want to concentrate on my golf and not think about the consequences.
I obviously have to fight to break into top-60 on the money list to get my card for next season. I just want to enjoy the game. I play well when I enjoy it. We will see how it goes tomorrow.
It’s very competitive out there. You can see it at the recent European Tour Qualifying School. A lot of the Asian players secured their cards. It’s not easy playing with the good players here but I like the spirits of the players on the Asian Tour. It’s been great and I enjoyed playing on the Asian Tour.
Berry Henson (Usa) – Third Round 64 (-8), Total 206 (-10)
I just played some solid golf today. Like finally! It’s been a long year for me. I’m working with a new coach, Shane Gillespie, and we made a few changes about a month and a half ago. I’m starting to see those changes and I’ve hit the ball the best that I have hit it all year today. I made some more adjustments at the range today, moved my hands a little bit forward and I just had complete control of the golf ball. I haven’t had that most of the year.
It was pretty calm this morning. We didn’t get much wind but the course is playing short if you’re hitting it long. If you’re hitting well and putting good and you can keep hitting the fairways, you will obviously be able to score out there.
I love this golf course. I honestly felt a low round coming after my round yesterday. I still feel like I haven’t shot my lowest round out here yet. I will take 64 but I feel like I can go lower. It’s going to take a toll on the wind tomorrow so I got to stay aggressive. I feel comfortable off the tee and my putting is good. I think I got a good chance if I can continue to do so tomorrow.
We don’t normally get to play too many firm and fast golf course here in Asia. The greens are very firm and fast here. The par-fives are very reachable for me too. I don’t have many long clubs in on the other holes. It feels like home to me. It feels like I’m playing back home in the desert and the conditions suits my game. I’ve always played well in the Philippines. It’s a good golf course. It just sets up great for me.
The season has been rough. I’ve had a learning season this year. I’ve played some new courses in Europe as well. I struggled a bit out here in Asia where I haven’t played well. It’s a learning experience for me. I feel like I may not be playing my best round and it’s good enough to win? So if I can get a win in the next two weeks, I will be able to finish the year off well.
I didn’t know I was close to tying the course record out there, until I came to the last hole. I missed some really short putts on 17th and 10th. I wasn’t thinking about that much. I was just trying to make ten birdies today although I came up a little bit short. I am very pleased with the way I played today. I took a lot of confidence off this round.
Jbe Kruger (Rsa) – Third Round 64 (-8), Total 207 (-9)
I was able to make a few putts today. I haven’t played well in the last couple of weeks but I putted so well today which made the low round. I played with Prom (Meesawat) last week and he’s playing very well. I guess playing in the morning was an advantage as well. It was pretty calm out there.
I knew I was close to tying the course record but unfortunately, I missed that four-footer putt on the 18th. Final day tomorrow, you really have to putt well to get a lower round tomorrow.
You can’t do anything different. You have to keep doing what you’ve been doing.
I just played really solid. I hit it close like five to six times today which helped.
221114_RWMM_Proom Meesawat (THA) 10Prom Meesawat (Tha) – Third round 63 (-9), Total 208 (-8)
Today is Moving Day and I have moved in the right position. I played good from the tee and gave myself chances for my second shot. My putt, every putt fitted my eye. I started to hole some putts from the second and third holes and I started to get my feeling back. I hit it good and it was a good finish on 18 with the eagle. But I still left some birdie putts out there. I only missed one fairway on one par five. I’m really happy to shoot a 63.
I played a lot easier today. Playing early in the morning, there was no wind and it’s a big advantage. The guys playing in the afternoon will be difficult. That’s the difference between the first two rounds as I played in the wind then. It’s not easy to control the ball in the wind as the greens are quite small here.
I didn’t know about the course record. So to eagle the last for the course record is very good. It’s great to be in contention now for the final round.
I had about 200 yards to the front edge, 212 to the pin and hit a rescue to just one feet of the flag. It felt really good.
I still missed some chances for birdies on 10, 11 and 12 and it could have been lower. I think the leaders will get to 14 or 15 under, hopefully the wind picks up in the afternoon so that I won’t be too far behind by the end of the day.
Nicholas Fung (Mas) – Third round 68 (-4), Total 206 (-10)
Last four holes, I finished with three birdies on 15, 16 and 18, which was really good for me as it’s got me into contention. Every one were playing so well but I didn’t try to think about them and just focused on my own game and tried to put a good score. I hit some bad shots but managed to get up and down on a few holes. I also missed a few short putts, so it kind of evened out.
I struggled at the start but just tried to keep the ball in play and managed to turn in one under. I found my drive after the 13th hole, starting hitting my driver better and straighter. I knew it was back and I managed to get birdies on those closing holes. It was very good.
I’m not going to think too much. Mardan is playing well and he could finish on 16 or 17 under, so seven shots back. I don’t want to think about catching him. My target would be to shoot as low as I can. I’m going to rest now as I pulled my calf muscle and needed physio this morning. I was walking a bit slower but it didn’t really affect my swing.
 
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