Drysdale upbeat despite damp finish

16/03/2013 10:20:00
David Drysdale  (Getty Images)
David Drysdale (Getty Images)
David Drysdale hopes his drive into water at the 18th hasn’t irreparably damaged his Avantha Masters chances as the Scot chases a first European Tour title at the 294th attempt.

The 37 year old started the day two behind, and carded six birdies to remain in touch with leader Thomas Aiken until a double bogey at the last.

A 68 left him four behind the South African, but afterwards Drysdale was refusing to throw in the towel.

“It was going to plan for 17 holes, then I got a bit greedy with my tee shot on the last, and ended up paying the price for it,” he said.

“Obviously the double leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth, but never mind, we live to fight another day.

“I would've taken going into the final day four shots off the lead if you'd offered it to me at the start of the week. I'll probably need to go very low tomorrow to have any chance of winning, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

“He's obviously had a great round today, so it can be done. I just need to get the pace of the greens a bit better tomorrow, because I struggled with my pace all day.

“I'll go and do a bit of work on the putting green now, and hopefully that'll do the trick. Apart from the drive on the last, my long game has been really sharp all week.”