RICHIE RAMSAY, 65 (-6): “Valderrama is the kind of course that suits me. It’s a shot maker’s course, you need to manoeuvre the ball right to left or left to right, sometimes you need the low shot or the high one, and I feel comfortable doing that. You need to hit it straight out there, and that’s my game, and to control the spin a lot on 3/4shotswhich I enjoy doing. This course is a good challenge for me. You need to play it shot by shot, and that’s all I did.
We worked out a good game plan with my caddie about where to miss it, how to play it with the wind. The game plan was good, and the short game was good and I holed a few putts.
My chipping was really good today, but I’ve been working on that, and it’s nice to see the hard work pay off.
I started smiling when the wind started to get up on 11 because it helped me knock it on the green in two and I made eagle there and I new that if I could finish well, particularly the last 3 holes which are tough, with the wind picking up, my score would be good. I was a bit unlucky on 17, bit it’s a tough hole.
Its always nice to have a 65 around a classic course like Valderrama because it’s had Ryder Cup and so many great champions… to shoot 65 on a golf course you love is always fantastic.
I played well the last 4 weeks, and I did well at Sergio’s tournament so I feel real confident with my game.”
SERGIO GARCÍA, 70 (-1): “It was a tough day out there. The course was soft because of the rain, but with this amount of wind Valderrama is always tough. A bit of a shame because I got to 4 under after 11, but I guess it was a good round. We had a bit of fortune on 11 with a chip-in and then we got a little bit unfortunate on 13 and 17 with the drives. They were actually good shots, but in Valderrama shots need not only to be good but on the perfect spot. All in all, shooting under par on this course is never a bad thing
As a Spaniard it’s always special to play in front of your home crowd.”
MARTIN KAYMER, 71 (par): “I had a few ups and downs on the first nine, two bogeys on par threes, but fought back on the back nine”
GRAEME McDOWELL, 73 (+2): “It was hard to control my wedge play, and it was hard to get the ball close to the hole. I don’t know whether I’m happy or disappointed with my 2 over. Fantastic score for Ramsay!”