#VenetianMacaoOpen: What they're saying

Sat 17 Oct 2015

#VenetianMacaoOpen: What they're saying

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Scott Hend (Aus) – Third round 64 (-7), Total 198 (-15)
You must be delighted?
I didn’t expect any score. Just go out and play. Ended up quite nicely.
Which of the two eagles was more satisfying?
Probably on 18, it was playing a lot longer. Number two was a nice eight iron in there. 18 fairway is not running much and you’ve got to hit good shots to get some rewards there.
In a good position for the third straight year?
Anytime you are in the last two groups, you’ve got a chance. But if anyone plays better than you, so be it. To be in the last two groups in any tournament, that’s where you want to be.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
It was good. Obviously got off to a really nice start and sort of hit a wall, energy wise. Obviously a bit of jet lag coming in from London and struggled physically out there. Legs wouldn’t move and started a few left and fat as I was just really tired.
How did you catch the second wind?
I slowed down a bit. Got into a hole on the back nine. Thought I hit a good drive on 13, the par five and somehow it went into the hazard there but I managed to have a good save. Tony (Carolan, his caddie) just said just slow down and if I have to hit one more club, just do it as I was tired. We just took it as it came.
You’re not going to hole them all. If you hole them all, you’re going to shoot 46. This course, you have to be patient. You can have 18 putts for birdie and you might only hole three and the next day you can hole 11. So many putts you have little nuances and little breaks that it’s so hard to read. You miss it, take it on the chin.
Playing with Anirban yet again?
He’s very good you know. He’s a very good player. I’m very privilege. It’ll be great.
Out for revenge?
No revenge, plenty of tournaments out there. All there is are rewards. A different ‘R’ word.
Chiragh Kumar of India Chiragh Kumar of India
Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Third round 68 (-3), Total 201 (-12)
I think all day, it was a struggle on the greens. For a tough day, I’ll take a 68 any time. I needed that eagle, I had no momentum on the front nine. It wasn’t ideal to drop a shot on two which was an easy hole and I needed that. It got my round going in the right direction. I played really good for the rest of the day but I didn’t make any putts.
I’m looking forward to it. We had a great time last year. Two years back, he was way ahead and I almost chased him down. Last year I managed to chase him down on Sunday. He’s probably been waiting for this for a full year. I think we’ll both be ready for it come tomorrow morning.
Putting woes again?
I’ve got five or six different putting gadgets out there and I think I’m just going to up a tent here and live here tonight. It was very frustrating. It wasn’t the greens. Some holes, a little bit to do with the greens getting dry and crusty but most of it was just me. It was really frustrating. I’m glad I hit it to six inches on 14 and six inches on 16. That was the only way I could get the ball into the hole. It was very frustrating.
Tell us about the eagle?
Chipped in for eagle on eighth from about 20 yards to the pin. Hit a good chip and it went it. There’s been a few occasions this year when I’ve putted quite miserably and came back out the next day and putted great. I’m going to have that believe that I’m going to come out and putt great tomorrow.
Disappointed with the par fives today?
You don’t want to play the par fives anything worse than a couple under and I did them in one over today, especially when I was in good position. You have to take your opportunities and I didn’t do that today. Hopefully I can do that tomorrow as a three shot lead is something that you don’t want to be giving Scott on this golf course. He loves it, I love it too. I’m going to try and chase him down yet again.
Is it a two-horse race?
It’s much tighter than last year. Last year it was like a two horse race coming down the last nine or 12 holes. There’s Chiragh and Rashid who is putting great. Maybe I should take a lesson from him. It’s not quite the same situation. But when you get into a match play mode, that’s when you’ve got to try and be mentally ahead of your opponent. Hendy and me have played so much golf together, we’re good friends and we both want to win. So it’ll be interesting. Honestly I’m really looking forward to it.
Chiragh Kumar (Ind) – Third round 69 (-2), Total 202 (-11)
I played okay on the front nine but on the back nine, it was a bit tough. I woke up with a stiff neck and it just jammed up a bit on me on the back nine. I’ll see how it goes tomorrow but Scott is playing really well.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha) – Third Round 66 (-5), Total 205 (-8)
I haven’t played good golf the past two weeks. I’m striking it as good as I can but with my experience, I’ve been able to make the cut and a bit of a jump today with a 66 to get into the top-10. Have to work on the swing as I’m not moving the ball well. I need to keep playing the right shot. I’m still in the game and not missing badly but I’m not making enough birdies. Tomorrow, just make sure that I choose the right shots and commit to my swing.
I don’t think I’ll be too far behind. This is an easy course and also yet a tough course. If you hit in the right position, it can be easy. If you find the rough, it’s tough and if you are on the wrong side of the green, you can three putt. You can hit eight or nine under here as Scott and Anirban have done before.
Tomorrow I’ll change my game. I’ll be more aggressive. I’ve been using a lot of three woods and irons off the tee to be in play but tomorrow I’ll start using more driver and be a bit more aggressive. Hope to pull off a surprise.