Saturday October 27, 2012
Immelman bounces back with lowest round at CIMB Classic
JBE Kruger is not the only South African enjoying a good outing at the CIMB Classic as 2008 Masters champion Trevor Immelman bounced back strongly with the lowest round of the day at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
The 33-year-old Immelman, who has been plagued by a wrist injury for some time, made the most of his early start in cooler conditions to return a bogey-free round of eight-under 63.
Immelman had a one-over 72 on Thursday and his two-day score helped push him to a share of 12th place on seven-under.
“I woke up just before 5am and got out here and got ready to play,” he said
“Started with a nice birdie on number two and followed up on number three. It just kind of got me going.
“It was nice to keep the momentum all day.
“I was hitting better iron shots. The difference today was I made some putts.
“I did not make the birdie putts yesterday (on Thursday) but today those were going in. Played the par-fives nicely.
“I felt pretty good out there.
“It’s a good feeling to see your name up there,” added Immelman, who felt that the preffered lie ruling also helped his game.
“There was a lot of mud. Yesterday was a bit of a borderline call that could have gone either way.
“I understood what they were trying to do. But if you were in the fairway, a lot of mud made it really tricky to these small little greens.
“Having preferred lie today definitely helps ... once you could clean it and control the ball on your second shot a little bit.”
As for the wrist injury that has kept him out of the major tournaments so far this year, Immelman said “it has healed up”.
“Everything is good, so I am hoping to start shooting a few more rounds like this,” he said.
“Getting some momentum, getting some confidence and hopefully come out next year and play like I know how to play.”
On the next two rounds, he said: “We showed today and yesterday that there’s a 62, 63 or 64 out there if you played really well. You got to keep going. The leaders will get to double digits. You probably have to be between 20 to 25-under if you want to win.”
128: Robert Garrigus (US) 64-64; 130: Jbe Kruger (Rsa) 66-64; 132: Greg Chalmers (Aus) 66-66, Troy Matteson (US) 63-69; 133: Brendon de Jonge (Zim) 68-65, Kevin Na (US) 67-66, Tiger Woods (US) 66-67; 134: Ben Crane (US) 68-66, Jeff Overton (US) 64-70, Brian Harman (US) 64-70; 135: Charlie Wi (Kor) 69-66, Martin Laird (Sco) 68-67, Trevor Immelman (Rsa) 72-63, Bo Van Pelt (US), Tom Gillis (US) 65-70, Chris Kirk (US) 69-66, Kevin Stadler (US) 67-68, Bill Haas (US) 70-65, Pat Perez (US) 67-68; 136: J.B. Holmes (US) 66-70, Carl Pettersson (Swe) 69-67, Nick Watney (US) 71-65; 137: Bob Estes (US) 69-68, Anirban Lahiri (Ind) 71-66, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 72-65, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 65-72, Noh Seung-yul (Kor) 71-66, Jimmy Walker (US) 69-68, Ryan Palmer (US) 69-68, Ricky Barnes (US) 66-71; 138: John Huh (US) 70-68, John Senden (Aus) 72-66; 139: Johnson Wagner (US) 70-69, Prom Meesawat (Tha) 70-69, Kyle Stanley (US) 69-70; 140: Masanori Kobayashi (Jpn) 69-71, William McGirt (US) 70-70, Jason Dufner (US) 68-72, Cameron Tringale (US) 71-69, Marcus Fraser (US) 70-70; 141: Danny Chia (Mas) 66-75, David Lipsky (US) 68-73, Sean O’Hair (US) 69-72; 142: Marc Leishman (Aus) 75-67; 143: Scott Piercy (US) 75-68; 147: Shaaban Hussin (Mas) 74-73, Scott Hend (Aus) 70-77, Siddikur Rahman (Ban) 73-74.
THIRD ROUND TEE-OFF TIMES
7.10am: Shaaban Hussin, Scott Hend;
7.20am: Scott Piercy, Siddikur Rahman;
7.30am: Danny Chia, Marc Leishman;
7.40am: Sean O’Hair, David Lipsky;
7.50am: William McGirt, Jason Dufner;
8.00am: Marcus Fraser, Masanori Kobayashi;
8.10am: Kyle Stanley, Cameron Tringale;
8.20am: Prom Meesawat, Johnson Wagner;
8.30am: John Senden, John Huh;
8.40am: Ricky Barnes, Gaganjeet Bhullar;
8.50am: Bob Estes, Ryan Palmer;
9.00am: Noh Seung-yul, Jimmy Walker;
9.10am: Thaworn Wiratchant, Anirban Lahiri;
9.20am: Carl Pettersson, J.B. Holmes;
9.30am: Tom Gillis, Nick Watney;
9.40am: Kevin Stadler, Pat Perez;
9.50am: Chris Kirk, Martin Laird;
10.00am: Bill Haas, Charlie Wi;
10.10am: Trevor Immelman, Bo Van Pelt;
10.20am: Jeff Overton, Brian Harman;
10.30am: Tiger Woods, Ben Crane;
10.40am: Brendon de Jonge, Kevin Na;
10.50am: Greg Chalmers, Troy Matteson;
11.00am: Robert Garrigus, Jbe Kruger.