Saturday, December 16, 2017

Jakarta, December 16:  England’s Justin Rose remains the man to beat as he continues to hold pole position at the weather-hit Indonesian Masters at Royal Jakarta Golf Club.
The season-ending Asian Tour flagship event has been hit by multiple rain and lightning suspensions since round two. Lightning activities disrupted third-round play at 2.05pm local time nd with thunderstorms lashing the course officials decided to suspended play at 4.10pm.
Play in the penultimate round of the 72-hole event will resume at 6.15am on Sunday morning with the fourth round scheduled to commence at 7.30am with players teeing off in the same groups.
Major champion Rose, pictured,  made his quick return to the starting tee after completing his second round early on Saturday morning. He raced ahead with two birdies in his opening three holes before extending his advantage with another birdie on five.
The Olympic gold medallist then parred his next three holes to stay ahead of the chasing pack at 16-under-par before play was suspended.
Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat trail Rose by three shots at 13-under-par through eight holes  while Phachara Khongwatmai of Thailand and Korea’s Giwhan Kim are a further shot back at 12-under-par after eight holes.
Did you know?
·       Justin Rose has never won a tournament which he has led after three rounds this year. Rose’s two victories in Shanghai and Turkey were come-from-behind victories.
·       2017 is turning out to be one of Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s best seasons, He enjoys a lowest scoring average of 70.38 on the European tour and 68.25 of the five events he has played on the Asian Tour
·       Kiradech was previously known as Anujit Hirunratanakorn, but his family decided to change his name for good luck.
·       The Indonesian Masters is the third leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events - in Thailand, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Japan - where Asian Tour players can earn a share of a lucrative bonus pool.
·       The Indonesian Masters is the last event of the year on any main Tour worldwide with significant OWGR points.
·       Apart from a minimum of 20 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points, the winner of the Indonesian Masters will also receive an invitation to play at the WGC – Bridgestone Invitational in 2018.
Players’ Quotes
Scott Vincent (Zimbabwe)
I have been playing really nicely and I just want to keep this momentum going. It’s really cool to play with Kiradech and Justin and I am learning so much already. So, I am just trying to be in the moment and try and win a golf tournament. I can be a little bit more aggressive but the game still doesn’t change.
"You have got to hit quality shots. I am glad this delay came because I have not been hitting it very good today and I need to go back and regroup and get some rest so I can charge tomorrow. I love having my wife (Kelsey) caddie for me. It has been a lot of fun. She’s learning and I’m learning and it has been a cool partnership, so hopefully we can end on the right note.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand)
I have had  a back injury the last two weeks. My back feels stiff after waking up. I couldn’t swing it well and I shot one-under after eight holes. It is good for me to take a rest but it will depend on how I feel after I wake up. This suspension can be good and bad for me. It will depend how I feel tomorrow.
There are 10 more holes to catch Justin Rose. I really need to bring out my A-Game because I don’t know how the weather will be like. In my mind, I’m going to play like it is 54 holes. I know I need to finish inside the top-five this week to move inside the top-50 in the world but a top-three result is my goal. That will make sure I’m 100% in.
I’m very comfortable with my swing but I’m worried about my back. I want to play without thinking that an injury will stop me. I will do a lot of stretching in my room and try to keep my back safe and go out with a really low score tomorrow.





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