Closing the round continued to be the problem, as once again I dropped some precious shots right at the end of the third round. Giving away back-to-back bogeys at the end of the round is really a no-no. And for the past three days, I have closed poorly.
In the first round, I dropped bogeys on the 16th and 17th and in the third round, it was on 17th and 18th. In between in the second round, when I teed off from the 10th, I bogeyed by second-last hole, the eighth. That means I have given away five bogeys in my last three holes over three days.
I failed to find a single birdie on the front nine for the first time, and ended up dropping shots on fourth and eighth. It was not a good start to be two-over at the turn, but then a few putts did fall on the back nine.
The ball rolled kindly as I caught up with birdies at 11th, 14th and 16th though a bogey on the 12th did prove to be a dampener. But that was a mere blip as compared to the huge disappointment of 17th and 18th.
At five-under, I am pretty much way down, but with the way some of the cards have been, a low card can still give me a chance to get into top-20.
Up at the top of the leaderboard, Tiger Woods continued to lead at eight-under, but the man of the day was Yang Young-eun of Korea. His 67 was the best of the day and it lifted him into second place and earned him a place in the final grouping with Tiger. Yang, who won the HSBC two years ago, has the game to beat the best and I feel he can also cope with the pressure of playing with Woods, whom the crowds follow in huge numbers, which for many could be a distraction.
Another thing I noticed about Yang is his ability to come back from a poor run as it happed on the second day, when he began with four bogeys in the first five holes. But, by the time he ended the day, he was two-under for the round with four birdies and an eagle — no more bogeys.
Tiger will still be the favourite for his Major No 15. But there are others, too. Apart from Yang, there is Padraig Harrington, who seems to have his new swing and game in place. Yang and Harrington are two behind Tiger. Behind them are Henrik Stenson and the US Open champion Lucas Glover at four-under and one behind them is Ernie Els.