Sandwich, United Kingdom: Korea’s K.J Choi fell victim to the turbulent Open weather which it took a turn for the worst and struggled to five-over-par 75 at third round of the British Open on Saturday.
The Asian Tour honorary member opened with a birdie on the par-four second but double-bogeyed the fourth before dropping another shot at the fifth hole.
Choi continued to struggle with another bogey at the sixth hole before getting a shot back on the seventh with another birdie. He reached the turn in 39 after further bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes.
The birdies were conspicuously missing again when Choi embarked on his homeward run. Instead it was another bogey on the par-four 15th that continued to spoil his card.
“It’s like the roll of the dice when you play in conditions like that. You can only stay patient and try your best,” said Choi who signed for a three-day total of eight-over-par 218 at the year’s third Major.
Although Choi was already bracing for his endurance test in the frightful weather, he could not find the answer to tame the elements at Royal St. George’s.
“In these conditions, it’s difficult to hit the ball well as the wind will kill the ball spin very quickly and you never know which way the ball is heading. I’ll try my best again tomorrow,” said Choi.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Noh Seung-yul posted his highest score of the week with a 75 as he also found it difficult to make his move.
Noh was already at five-over at the turn after a double-bogey on the eighth hole and bogeys on holes two, four and nine.
As the brutal weather bared its fangs with lashing rain and gusts of winds blowing in excess of 35 mph to send scores soaring, Noh continued to bogey the par-three 11th.
The turning point in Noh’s round would come at the par-four 13th where he got his first birdie. That lifted his spirits as he would go on to par his remaining five holes.
“The weather did set me back a lot in my front-nine. I was trying hard to cope. But the winds did calm down a little in my back-nine and I was thankful that I managed an even-par there,” said Noh.
“This definitely ranks as one of the toughest courses I’ve ever played in. There are so much elements like the rain and winds that I had to contend with. Hopefully, I can get an under-par score tomorrow and move up the leaderboard,” said Noh who opened with rounds of 69 and 72.
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