#ThaiGolfChamps-Rd3 What They Said

Sat 12 Dec 2015

#ThaiGolfChamps-Rd3 What They Said

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Chonburi, Thailand, December 12: Read what players have to say following the penultimate round of the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship on Saturday.
Clement Sordet (Fra) –Third Round 63 (-9), Total 200 (-16)
Clement Sordet of France Clement Sordet of France
I just play as good as yesterday and I hit some really good shots and made pretty much every putt. I just stayed patient but honestly I had no idea I was nine-under at the end. I just play shot by shot. So nine-under I'm pretty happy about it.
The eagle [was a highlight] as I made a bogey on the first day but also the birdie on 17 because yesterday I had triple and I was playing as well as today, but that's golf and I made a great birdie.
It feels pretty good (beating major winners and Ryder Cup stars). It's pretty much my dream to play with the top players in the field. I think I will do that tomorrow and hopefully I'll enjoy it and just play my own game.
I played Challenge Tour in Kazakhstan and China and the World Cup in team championship (amateur event) in Japan.
Yeah, I am trying not to think about it (Open Qualifying spots). Just try to play my own game and see what happens.
The birdie on 17 was like a revenge after stupid triple yesterday.
Yeah, hopefully (can sleep well tonight). I will try and not take a nap this afternoon so I can sleep well tonight.
My first time in Thailand ... it's been great. It's too humid but it's great. I've never sweated that much.
I am staying only two minutes from here. Won't have a chance to go to Bangkok.
No I haven't talked to him (Westwood, fellow ISM player) but hopefully I will tomorrow.
Jamie Donaldson (Wal) – Third round 71 (-1), Total 202 (-14)
Jamie Donalsdon of Wales Jamie Donalsdon of Wales
I was cruising. Playing not great but doing enough until 12, which was a killer. I played nicely through quite a few holes, getting momentum swinging back my way. Then I got on to the 12th tee and the shot just wasn’t there. A double there and suddenly from feeling great, to ‘Hang on a minute. Where’s this going?
There some tough holes coming in and I saved a few shots on the way in. It hasn’t been what I wanted today but tomorrow’s another day and I just have to get off to a quick start. I’ve done enough to stay in the tournament – I’m still in it. I got the most out of a day when there wasn’t much there.
Lee Westwood (Eng) – Third round 64 (-8), Total 203 (-13)
I was confident and in control and it has got to do with being on a course which I’ve won twice before. I hit it close a lot today and I played with a new putter. It feels a lot more stable and I’m rolling the ball quite nicely with it. I’m three behind and I still got to shoot a really low score tomorrow. The guys up there are all good players and I need a really low score to win a hat-trick.
Martin Kaymer (Ger) – Third round 72 (even par), Total 205 (-11)
It was a good front-nine but I got unlucky on the back-nine. I had lots of good putts but nothing really dropped. So it was a disappointing finish. But overall, I’m playing well. I’m happy with my irons. I missed the greens a couple of times on the back-nine. But if I hit more of the fairways and get lucky on the greens, I’ll have a chance.
Martin Kaymer of German Martin Kaymer of German
I didn’t really care where I was on the leaderboard. I just needed to concentrate on making birdies. But the winning score is not going to be 12, 13-under-par. So it’s more about giving yourself more chances and making more birdies. Because you got to shoot something like 18, 20-under-par in order to win. I was looking at 15 or 16 under today but that didn’t happen. Luckily I shot a low round yesterday to still keep me in contention.
It’s all about winning and hopefully it will be a birdie festival and I’ll be aggressive. But to do that, I need a solid start.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Third round 67 (-5), Total 208 (-8)
It was a good round. I have been striking the ball so good. I just did what I had to do in the first couple of holes and was doing well on the front nine. It was a good start. But on the back I just can't sink a putt. I miss birdie putts from inside six feet on five or six holes on the back.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
If I could have holed those putts I might have jumped up to the top of the leader board or a couple of strokes behind and with a good chance tomorrow. I tried to put the pressure on the top players but I just couldn't hole the putts.
I will try and make a big move tomorrow. Get a very low score by holing some putts.
I'm just a bit disappointed with the back nine. Look forward to great golf, low round and hole putts. Will have to be a really low round to jump to the top.
After eight I was five-under I knew I had a chance. If I could make five or six on the back I wouldn't be far behind. But after I missed the putt it was tough to get back.
I was feeling good. I love to come back and play locally – a lot of crowds, my friends and family come and support. Give me a lot of energy. Just a bit disappointed I did not perform as well on behalf of the Thai players.
Jbe Kruger (Rsa) – Third round 64 (-8), Total 208 (-8)
I made some good putts and I hit the ball really well today. I wasn’t really thinking of the magical 59 because I haven’t been able to make any putts lately. It’s great to get off to a hot start. I was just trying to hit it as good as I can out there.
On the 17th, I actually hit a right shot, probably two yards right of the flag and it just flew five to six yards more than it normally does. I guess it was just bad luck on that hole. I had a good putt there for bogey so it’s not too bad.
We have got world-class golfers here this week and it will be hard to catch them but I know if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. I’m very happy with my round today. It’s a great move up the leaderboard. I hope to continue playing well tomorrow.
Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) – Third round 67 (-5), Total 208 (-8)
I was pretty focused today. I guess that was the key to me playing well. I made six birdies and a bogey. It was great playing alongside Bubba (Watson). He’s a very nice person. We’ve got a great crowd following us so it was really enjoyable out there.
You really got to learn to hit it long on this course. Overall, it was a good day. I guess I was better focused than how I was in the last two rounds. I was swinging well and I didn’t miss too many shots. I was in the game momentarily and I was more focused into my shots.
It was very hot out there but it got cooler on the back nine as the windy was up a little. My chipping wasn’t good today. I wished I had chipped better and made some up and downs. I just got to improve my short game for tomorrow. I made a good putt for birdie on first and that got my round going. I made a 15-footer par putt on the 16th which I thought was really good.
I will try and do the same things for tomorrow and we will see how it goes.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – Third round 68 (-4), Total 209 (-7)
I played very good today. I hit the ball good and I putted well. The leaders are a little far to catch now but if I can continue to do what I have been doing, I should be able to finish well tomorrow. Hopefully I can continue to play well.
I am also looking to finish well to secure one of the four spots for The Open next year. I have been playing good. One more day to go, hopefully I can finish strongly. I will try my best tomorrow.
Bubba Watson (Usa) – Third round 72 (even par), Total 213 (-3)
I felt good but just didn’t make the putts. Every year that I’ve been here it’s been the same thing – my short game. It’s been chipping and putting and especially trying to get the speeds right on putts.
I left that one short on the last and it’s not good to leave one short from six feet. It’s how my week’s been and have it’s been every year here. I just can’t get the speeds right on the greens.