#UBSHKOpen Rd 3: What they said

Sat 24 Oct 2015

#UBSHKOpen Rd 3: What they said

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Hong Kong, October 24: Reading what leading contenders have to say following their third round of the UBS Hong Kong Open.
Justin Rose (Eng)
Third round Six-under-par 64, 15-Under-par 195 Total
Q. How impressive was your round today?
JUSTIN ROSE: I know my playing partner impressed me. Lucas played unbelievable golf today. Actually didn't know much about his game and first, he's a lovely guy and second, he can really play.
But yeah, I hung with him and what impressed me today was the couple of par saves that I had to make and rolled in I guess the first hole -- didn't play the hole particularly well but made a nice 15-foot putt for par there and then eagling the third kind of got me up and running.
It was just a really fun day playing with Lucas and flip-flopping birdies and eagles and really stretching away from the field. It was a lot of fun.
Q. It did look like the two of you fed off each other.
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, I would say so for sure. You know, I distinctly remember thinking on 16, I hit it in there quite close and almost like pulling for him to make his putt so I could make my putt and we could keep the momentum going.
He made; I missed. Didn't feel so good then. Point is, we were spurring each other on and separated from the field a little bit.
Q. You mentioned par saves. There were some critical ones and magical ones.
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, there were. Even No. 15, sort of hit half a wrong club, half a wrong line with the iron shot there. Had a long bunker shot to get up-and-down and it was nice to curl in a 10-footer for par. Those are the moments that really keep your round going and keep the momentum going and keep the frustration away. They are important putts.
Q. When you completed round two, you were not entirely certain and happy with your hip. How is it today?
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, hip's great. Right knee is sore now. End of the year, right. Left hip's fine, which is the most important side, because you're trying to clear through on the left. The right knee will be fine with a bit of ice tonight. But only when you walk can you over-extend on walking but during the swing, no pain at all.
Q. Thoughts on Sunday? A nice duel but others in the equation.
JUSTIN ROSE: Yeah, there's a low score always to be had on this golf course. Someone in contention is going to have to go low. Lahiri has been playing great golf, he could do it.
All I've done all week is play my game and see my shots and focus and commit to them. So from my point of view, it's more of the same. Just come out and have a good process and execute it and hopefully the number will follow.
Lucas Bjerregaard (Den)
Third Round Seven-under-par 63, 15-Under-par 195 total
Q. Your thoughts after a performance like that?
LUCAS BJERREGAARD: It was great. I really enjoyed it out there with Justin. He's a really good guy and we kept making birdies, especially around the turn.
So I played some good golf today and it was nice to get off to a good start, as well, to take some of the pressure off. So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.
Q. He said the two of you fed off each other. We got that impression. Did you, as well?
LUCAS BJERREGAARD: Oh, yeah, definitely. We kept making birdies and he made a birdie and then I made a birdie. It was good fun. I really enjoyed it.
Q. I take it that really aids the focus, as well, because you know the battle, the heat, with a guy right up against you?
LUCAS BJERREGAARD: Yeah, I didn't even -- I lost track of how many we were under for the day coming down the stretch here. We pretty much played against each other out there, so that was good fun and I really enjoyed it. So I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and hope it's going to be more of the same.
Q. In the end, it means you've shot a low round of the week, a 63. Does that mean it's easier to bear a bogey at the last?
LUCAS BJERREGAARD: Obviously it's not fun to finish off any round with a bogey and not -- especially not today. I really thought I made that putt on 17. I hit a really good putt that just broke off at the end. And hit a bad tee shot on 18 there, pretty much my only bad shot of the day.
So not the way I wanted to finish, but still, I'm very happy with the round today.
Q. Are you always as controlled and composed as you seem? You're certainly giving this demeanor of no particular nerves right at the moment.
LUCAS BJERREGAARD: I'm not sure about that, but it is still Saturday. Tomorrow is the day where it all comes to an end.
But I really have to give a lot of credit to my caddie, Todd. He's really good at keeping me grounded and lightening the mood if I get too serious or nerves start showing up, he's really good at helping me with that. So I've got to owe a lot of the credit to him.
Anirban Lahiri (Ind)
Five-under-par 65, 11-under-par 199
Q. What are your thoughts on the way you played today, particularly the back nine when you got it going?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: It was good. I think on the front nine, I was not very focused I think just to start. Just calmed down a little bit. By the eighth, ninth home I started hitting it a little more solid. Got up-and-down a couple times when I missed. It was good to get birdies on 10 and 11. Kind of got me in the right zone mentally. I was just focusing on giving myself opportunities, and it was good.
Q. Not like you to be unfocused, is it?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: Maybe a bit too much coffee in the morning.
Q. What was it, other things just going on in your mind rather than concentrating?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: No, no, no, not that. Obviously I'm giving it 100 percent. I'm focusing on what I need to do. But sometimes it's important just to quiet your mind down. I was glad that I was able to do that, and I got a way without much damage when I wasn't 100 per cent calm and focused like I should be.
But it's good that it came back at the right time. I needed to start making a run because everybody is playing good today.
Q. Were you conscious of the top two, for instance, pulling away?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: I saw that. You want to get as close as possible, because if it gets into a match-play position, then they can play totally differently and separate themselves from the field, which has probably already happened.
But hopefully I can play some good golf, play 18 holes tomorrow like I did on the back nine and maybe have a sniff.
Q. Presumably you can draw on other occasions this season. You've really shot low on occasion, haven't you?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: Yeah, I've been playing great and I've been hitting it really good. That back nine today was evidence of that.
Definitely putted a lot better today than the first two days, so I'm just going to keep working on that, hopefully drain a few more tomorrow.
Q. And an awful lot more to be thankful for, considering where you were this time last year.
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: Yeah, it's a great spot. Obviously it's nice to be playing well, especially in this second half of the year, because there's a lot of big events, lots of World Ranking points at stake, so you can really make a move, and that's what I'm trying to do.
Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind)
Five-under-par 65, 10-under-par 200
Q. Thoughts on a lovely back nine that's pulled you right up there?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Honestly it was a shaky start but got my bearings right after I made two birdies. But what got me going was on the 10th hole, I got very lucky. It jumped over the water and stayed up. I chipped it to about two feet and birdied it.
And after that, I think from there on, the momentum carried on and I made three in a row after that and I finished off really well. Birdied three holes out of the last four, and I think it gave me a lot of confidence going into the last round.
Q. So you kind of thought, they have given me some grace, I'd better make the most of it?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Looking at these boys out there who are playing behind me, they are really playing well. 15-under is leading, and by the end of the day it could be about 16 or 17. So I would say if you want to have a shot at it, you might as well do something on the back nine. And it worked and came my way, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
Q. Does it translate into being that bit more aggressive and going for things a bit more?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Yes, for sure. I'm in a situation where I need to go for things. Got to give it a go.
Q. I don't know if you were aware, if you touched the top spot yesterday, first time leading since 2012 on The European Tour?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Yeah, that's right. It has been awhile. Like I mentioned earlier in my interview, it's a question of trust and it's all coming back and I'm believing in myself and putting myself in the situation where I need to perform. The more I do it, the better I think it's going to get.
Q. You've also mentioned injuries and lack of form as a result. Does this mean you're fit and healthy again now?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Yes, for sure. I'm in much better. I'm in better shape and I'm working a lot on my mental side, also. I think everything should fall in place and see what comes my way.
Q. So often one leads to the other, doesn't it, in a downward spiral and then up again.
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Honestly, with the injuries, it's fine. You can recover from that. But the setback you have is on the mental side; the shots you hit, and you can't hit those shots and the shots sometimes you hit on the golf course, they give you bad pitches and bad memories. I think that you have to delete those and move on. The more you delete those and the more good shots you hit, I think good memories come back and good scores come back.
Q. And a question of trust, as well, realising that you can do something still and trusting that physicality and mentality?
JEEV MILKHA SINGH: Yes, for sure. I think most of the time, I think a golfer who needs to come back, he needs to trust in himself and believe in the swing he's got and make the most of it.