It got windy on the back nine and I made a triple on 12. That wasn’t very nice. But I managed to keep myself in the game. I just told myself after 14 that I needed one or two birdies coming home to make my bad day feel not so bad. Thankfully, I managed to birdie 17.
I need to work on my game a bit after this. I wasn’t striking the ball too good but finally, I started to putt much better, so it kind of evens up. I made a bad decision on 12. I was dead into the wind for the second shot, had 175 meters to the pin. I was thinking of hitting a five iron and asked my caddie who thought it was a six iron. I took his advice but when I was standing over the ball, I didn’t feel comfortable but I went ahead and hit it into the water. It was a bad decision which I made and it cost me the triple. It affected the way I hit the ball at the next hole which I bogeyed as well.
Hopefully I can keep putting like today but I need to hit it much better. I was all over the place with the driver. Looking at it, one over par today is a good score. Today was just an off day with the driver. However, I’m excited about tomorrow and I’ve not won for a while, so it’ll be nice to win this. Qualifying for the CIMB Classic will be a good bonus.
Amir Nazrin Jailani
Conditions were harder with the wind. The pins were also quite tough. Playing with Ben Leong, who is a top player, gave me some pressure but I dealt with it quite well. Struggled with my putter but I managed to put in a score. I’m really excited as it’s my first time playing in the qualifying. I’ll try my best tomorrow. My approach play has been solid this week and it’s helped put me in this position.
Playing with the top Malaysian golfers has been a good learning experience so far. You don’t see them making silly mistakes. I’ll just keep to the same game plan tomorrow, hit fairways and greens.
Winning tomorrow can open the door for me in my young career. To win this tournament as a rookie professional will open the way for me. Just hope I can do it tomorrow. I’m hitting it well and there’s some pressure, which I guess is normal. Hopefully I can handle that well. I’ve already played with Danny in the first two rounds, so I’ve got some experience.
Considering the condition on the back nine which was windy, I played good. Didn’t putt as well as I wanted to but things happen for a reason. Hopefully it’ll be better tomorrow. On this course, a round of even par or one under is very good. It’s not as easy as you think. The course condition is great but it’s very tricky on the greens.
I don’t have a number in my mind as you don’t know how the weather will be tomorrow. I’m just glad I’m in with a chance which was the goal coming into the week. If you’re going to win, you’ll win no matter which group you’re playing in. I’m playing good enough to win, although I’m not putting that well.
The whole week, I’ve hit it great and given myself a lot of looks. But I’m just missing every one of them. It’s unbelievable. My caddie and I were wondering when it would start dropping and thankfully, one dropped on the last hole to get me closer to the lead. Hopefully I can keep at it tomorrow and the putts will start to drop more. It was quite a long birdie putt on 18, a solid 20 feet. When you don’t expect it, it goes in.
I’m within striking distance which is a good. For me if I keep giving myself chances, it’s all I can ask for. You can’t force a score. I’m hitting it good, so just keep at it. See what happens tomorrow.
It’s unbelievable that I’ve not holed any putts except for the last. It’s very frustrating but me and my caddie Nick (Pugh) just laugh it off as we’re still making pars. But when you have a chance from 10 feet, it’s either on line or sniffing the hole. Just need a little break to hole them. I’m putting it quite good, the roll is quite nice. Just need a break somewhere, somehow.