The Championship-Rd 3 What They Said

Sat 03 May 2014

The Championship-Rd 3 What They Said

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Singapore, May 3: Read what players have to say following the third round of The Championship at Laguna National on Saturday.
PANUPHOL PITTAYARAT (THA) – THIRD ROUND 69 (-3), TOTAL 200 (-16)
My front nine wasn’t rolling very good today. I’m just pushing every putt I make. But on the back nine, I kind of gained back my confidence when I managed to roll in more putts. Overall, I am very happy with how I stand now heading into the final round.
I came into this week missing three straight cuts on the Asian Tour this season. My performance so far this week has definitely give me a boost in confidence. Whatever happens, happens tomorrow. I will just try and play my own game.
The weather is so hot. It’s hard to focus out there. I am happy with how I finished my back-nine today. I make a couple of back swings this week which I am quite disappointed but I will take it. Nothing is going to change tomorrow. I am still going to do what I did for the last three rounds. I will stick to my routines, my swing and my putting.
I’ve been in contention for a couple of times where I get to play with some great players out there. I will try and not think about how they are doing when I play in the final round tomorrow. I will do my best. It’s going to be a good Sunday. We will see how it goes.
ANDERS HANSEN (DEN) – THIRD ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 200 (-16)
I’m very pleased. I didn’t the ball that great today but I made a couple of good putts on the last few holes. I hit a lot of greens but I just didn’t hit it as close as I have done the last couple of days.
It was nice to finish with those three birides on 15 (15ft), 16 (20ft) and 17 (25ft). It was a little more windy today so it was more tricky. It was a great finish.
You’ve got to give yourself chances and I felt I didn’t really give myself many chances today. It was a bit tricky with the grain and I always left myself in the wrong spot. It was just one of those days.
Everytime you are up there you have to be pleased so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I love competition and I love playing under the gun. It gets your attention.
It was more windy than the first two days and the greens are drying out a bit. The pins were in quite tricky positions today too.
DAVID LIPSKY (USA) – THIRD ROUND 70 (-2), TOTAL 202 (-14)
I think it’s the tee shots that put me out of position but I am happy with a two-under-par today. I am looking forward to the final round tomorrow. You have to be prepared to make birdies in the final round tomorrow. With the current greens condition and the way I am hitting the ball, I will have to try and make as many birdies as possible tomorrow.
This is my third week out here playing on the Asian Tour. The weather has been pretty much the same in Malaysia, Indonesia and here in Singapore. I am definitely getting a little tired from playing under the heat these few weeks. I just want to have a good rest today and get ready for tomorrow.
My target is to go to 20-under-par tomorrow to give myself a good shot in winning. That means I need to shoot a six-under-par tomorrow. I will see what I can do.
ROBERT-JAN DERKSON (NED) – THIRD ROUND 67 (-5), TOTAL 202 (-14)
It was a strange bogey on 16, I didn’t have good contact on the second shot and a lousy chip which came up short, so it was nice to get back a shot on the 17th. It was a great putt and nice to see it drop.
I’m playing really well and hitting it nice from the tee and to the green. I’m still struggling a bit on the greens. Two short putts missed, and one three putt. There is plenty of good stuff though and hopefully I can get rid of the bad stuff tomorrow.
Like Hong Kong this is one of the shorter courses but you have to think your way round, and I think that suits my game. So hopefully I can do well again tomorrow.
It would be lovely to go out at the end of the season with one more win. To get into the top 60 and to win once more before I retire would be a wonderful way to go out.
CHRIS WOOD (ENG) – THIRD ROUND 68 (-4), TOTAL 203 (-13)
Yeah it’s disappointing I dropped my first shot the week on the 16th today. That is the longest stretch of holes I’ve gone without dropping a shot.
I’ve hit a lot of greens this week. The grass around the greens is very different from what we have in Europe so striking your chip shots in the perfect spot and landing them in right spot is very difficult so hitting a lot of greens has saved me from having to do that.
I just plodded my way round really today. I had five birdies, all pretty boring really. Made a nice four on 15, just left it short for an eagle.
I didn’t play in Malaysia a couple of weeks back because I struggle with the heat. I came here on the basis it was little cooler but over the last couple of days it has certainly been the hottest I have ever played in but luckily there is a slight breeze here in Singapore.
I was just trying to get within two today shot of the leader today. It is looking more like three but I’m still in there.