Saturday, 04 November 2017
I knew I had a low round in me - Justin Rose

Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Shane Lowry will share the lead at 14 under heading into the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Here, we take a look at what those looking to chase them down had to say after round three.

Justin Rose (64, -12)

"Very satisfying today. It was another perfect day to play golf. Got off to a good start today, three under through five I think it was but felt like I could hole every hole on the front nine, that put me in a positive mindset. I knew there was a low score out there. Capitalised on the par fives on the back nine, hit a couple of good wedge shots close to the hole. All week I seem to have putted really well on the front nine but not quite as well on the back nine. I think the greens tend to get a tiny bit slower as the day goes on so I think I need to stay a little bit more positive with the putter. Obviously it's a great result to get within shouting distance tomorrow. Today was the best I've played all week and maybe even better than last week. I just felt really comfortable out on the golf course today. Any euro is going to be a handy euro. If I was to play well in Dubai and win there, then whatever cheque I make tomorrow could be very valuable. Of course everything's to play for, every shot counts at this stage of the season."

Padraig Harrington (64, -12)

"Today was the same as yesterday except today I holed a few putts and yesterday I missed them. So they probably should have been both 67s. I definitely play better when my back's to the wall under a lot of pressure but I don't play very well on a Thursday morning compared to a Sunday afternoon. I'd love to be in contention with nine holes to go, basically that's it, I love that position. If I mess it up, so be it, I'll embrace whatever happens. I can read the situation well so I'm in good stead coming down the last nine. I'll be nervous, I'll be fearful but maybe that will play into my hands. Thankfully he's (Colsaerts) decided to come back to the field. Funny thing is he's still got a great chance of winning the tournament from where he is but certainly there's a lot more people who are going to have restless nights because Nicolas has come back."

Nicolas Colsaerts (73, -12)

"Everything was going according to plan. I could have been three under after three and then caught a mud ball on 11, it flew a bit funny. I maybe could have been a bit more cautious with the second shot to make sure it stayed dry but I didn't think I did a lot wrong until then. I just took a couple of blows that weren't really necessary, I hit two balls in the water so I guess I paid the price for it. I wasn't playing stupidly aggressive but still playing the shots and made sure that my decision making was on point, which I thought was pretty good until I took a couple of blows around 12 and 15. But, you know, if you add it all up it's the only couple of blemishes that I've had so far this week. I'm still within striking distance which I'm happy with. When you look at how many holes I shaved today and with two balls in the water, two sixes on par fives which is probably giving away too many shots on the field, I'm still within reasonable striking distance."

Thomas Pieters (66, -11)

"I was watching him all day, of course, trying to chase Nico down. He got it to 16 really early and starting at six under you really have to make some birdies. I got off to a really good start and didn't really finish very well but still pretty happy with today. You always have a chance even if you're six, seven back on this course because you can birdie your way in. There's plenty of birdies out there. You just have to make the putts."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1ROSE, JustinENG18-18
T2FRITTELLI, DylanRSA18-17
T2COLSAERTS, NicolasBEL18-17
4HARRINGTON, PadraigIRL18-16
5OLESEN, ThorbjørnDEN18-15
T6PEPPERELL, EddieENG18-14

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