What They Said

Sat 30 Mar 2013

What They Said


I felt tired because it was quite hot out there. I didn’t play well on the first three holes when I used the normal putting grip. I changed to the cross-hand grip and birdied the fourth hole. I feel very comfortable on this golf course because I like the landscape a lot. I like playing on golf courses with nice scenery. The greens were tricky today.

I made mistakes on 15 and 16 but it doesn’t matter. I was careless on 16 but I still think I have a very strong advantage.

I have a five-shot lead now and I will play steadily and not be aggressive. I think the pressure is only my followers. They need to have a good front nine or they won’t be able to catch up with me.

I’m surprised to see so many fans come out today. It is good that we have a first professional event in Chiangmai.


It was one of those rounds where I plodded my way around. I’m pretty amazed I’m through 54 holes without any bogeys….Touch wood. Hopefully we can keep that going on the last day. The last three days I’ve stayed really patient and had some good chances. I’m happy where I’m standing.

I’m used to this sort of courses. I grew up in a little country town in Narborough in Sydney. I’m enjoying the heat which not many people say but I grew up in this sort of heat and humidity. It sort of suits my game a little bit.

I went to Asian Tour Qualifying School after turning professional six months ago. Hard work pays off. I have been training pretty hard back home. I was grinding back home and it has paid off. I turned 22 in February. I’m pretty young but loving it. I turned pro in October. I was fortunate enough to win the 2012 New South Wales PGA Championship in what was my sixth professional event.

*note: He represented Australia in the Eisenhower Trophy in 2012 and won the 2011 Tasmanian Open.


I think the problem was the putting and reading the lines. I had one three putt. Hit a lot of good shots and the greens are killing (me). They are tough to read. My performance, I don’t have any complaints. Hit 15 greens but took too many putts. It’s okay.
Prayad played so well today. He dropped a couple of shots but he came back. He likes the course. He’s in form after winning the Thailand Open. He’s got a good chance this week. I’ll try my best. Need luck tomorrow. One more day. I’m going to be five or six behind.

If conditions are like this, six might be too far away. I need 10 under tomorrow to have a chance tomorrow. Will play like my old game, hit fairways and greens. Sometimes need luck in the rough too. Sometimes it sits up, sometimes it sits down.

Just the greens are tough to read. Sometimes you putt into the grain, it’s slow and it can be really fast as well. You just need to putt very well this week.


I didn’t have the best start. I hit it close on the second and fourth holes but I wasn’t reading the greens correctly today. I just didn’t get the speed of the greens right. Then I hit it really good. Hit it to about six feet on the 10th hole and it was a ‘given’ birdie on 11. I made a great par on 17 when I hit it over the green and into thick rough but managed to get it out to about two feet.
Overall it was a good experience playing with Thongchai Jaidee. The last time I played with him was as an amateur at the 1995 Nomura Cup in New Zealand. I haven’t played with him for a long time. It was great fun. I’m amazed by the speed he plays with.

My goal remains the same. My plan of action remains the same. I’m really enjoying myself this week. This is a really beautiful golf course I think it is one of the best that I’ve played in Asia. The conditions are absolutely fantastic. I need to put up a good score and play the best that I can. If the win comes along then it will be icing on the cake.
MARCUS BOTH (AUS) – THIRD ROUND 65 (-7), TOTAL 204 (-12)

That must have felt very nice?
It was a good finish. Before that, I made a couple of bogeys which I was a bit disappointed. One three putt on the long par three 12th and missed the green on 13 which I didn’t get up and down. Hit a really good second shot into 14 and made the putt for eagle and hit a nice shot on 15 and made birdie. Sort of missed a makeable one on 16 and then birdied 17 and 18 with a couple of two three footers. It was good. I’m not going to be disappointed with a 65 but I was playing with Pariya (Junhasavasdikul) and he was reminding me that I should have been a few better! I’ll take it but there’s still a lot of golf out there for the leaders and I’m sure they’ll shoot a decent number. I’m sure I’ve got a bit of work tomorrow.

You found something at the range in Malaysia last week?
The first few weeks, Myanmar I played okay but had an average Sunday. In SAIL, I just plodded along and was not comfortable with the way I’m hitting it. Ball striking is really my strength and I didn’t really know why. I did some track-man stuff on the range in Malaysia and that gave me some extra information and I realized I wasn’t swinging it as bad as I thought. Since then, a change of driver for a start and made sure my set up was the way it was supposed to be. I struggled with driving the ball. In India I was hitting three, four, five fairways in a round and it’s really difficult to make a score from the rough. It’s amazing when you start hitting some fairways and what you can do. Just keep the ball a bit more on the fairway this week and the score kind of reflects that.

Gaganjeet Bhullar Gaganjeet Bhullar
I played well. I hit the ball really good and close. I had many opportunities. Anyway it was moving day. There are still another 18 holes. I’m very excited to play on Sunday especially with the way my game is shaping up.

I can definitely expect another low one coming. I’ve been striking the ball well but today was one of those days where I felt better on the greens. As a result the score was better than the last two days. I want to take this tempo into the last two days.

I didn’t do anything on the driving range but did a lot of work on the putting green. That’s what I need to do for the final round. Technically, I’m feeling high on confidence and there’s nothing I can really work on my swing during tournaments. Otherwise, putting is one thing which differentiates the winner from the rest of the field.

ERNIE ELS (RSA) – THIRD ROUND 66 (-6), TOTAL 206 (-10)

Q. Finally things clicked for you?
Yeah. Obviously I could have done a little bit better. I gave myself chances. The greens were nice and smooth and a little bit quicker. I made a couple of putts and was trying to squeeze some birdies out of the course on the last couple of holes but didn’t hit good shots.

Q. Is this the lowest round of the year for you? Must be happy to do it with a short putter?
It is getting better. I haven’t had a good year up to now. I haven’t played great rounds. I’ve needed this and I’ve been working hard on the short putter. Obviously, today was a little easier on the greens. Hopefully I can build on that. I wanted to go low today but I’m going in the right direction with a 66. Maybe I’ll go a little bit lower tomorrow.

Q. What do you expect from the guys in the lead?
It is third day flags. There are a few accessible flags on the back nine. The guys got a lot of opportunities for birdies but they need to hit the right shots.

Q. How do you rate Anirban Lahiri’s game?
He is a good player. Lots of talent. He is a player who can breakthrough. He has a lot of length. He hits the ball miles and has a really strong game. He has a good short game as well so I see some good things coming from him.

Q. What sort of advice would you give him to improve?
It is all about breaks isn’t it? He is young so he has to keep playing and try to win some tournaments out here and go up the ladder. He just needs to keep working hard.