Gareth Paddison, 2019 ISPS Handa World Super 6 Perth, Round 3 Interview - 16th February 2019

Q.  I was just asking Tom, you know, I guess the mindset, it's a different Saturday than normal tournament.  Do you approach it any differently?  

GARETH PADDISON:  No, not really.  I just go out there and play a game really.  It's just no difference for me.  It was just actually you're in the top-24, but ideally you just want to play solid.  Just looking to play solid, commit to shots and let the result take care of itself.  I managed to putt well, did everything pretty well today, which I was happy with.  Sure enough you shoot 5-under third round.  I felt like a good one was coming though.  To pull that off was great.

Q.  Do you have a number in your mind at the start of the day what you think you need to get in the 24?

GARETH PADDISON:  No.  I was like just go out there and play your game.  There's no point in worrying about, you know, when you look at the prize money breakdown and you're trying to work out how much you're going to earn for the week.  To me, it was just go out and play golf, just believe in yourself.  You know, you're playing decent, so go out there and shoot the best you can, do the best you can and see how it goes.

Q.  Do you feel like the atmosphere of the crowd today than a normal Saturday?

GARETH PADDISON:  I had no one watching me so it was fine.  There's a few golfers, it's just like another -- for me it was just like another tournament because it's not, you know, six people deep watching you or there's a big crowd.  Coming up the 18th in any golf tournament I think is always enjoyable.  To do what I did, just walk off the course feeling really happy.  Eighty percent of the time I've been walking off the golf course unhappy with how I played, so to actually get it, you almost feel like you -- one up from the game was a very satisfying feeling.

Q.  How has your game been the last sort of year or go?

GARETH PADDISON:  Well, the last three years I've made a loss if you can imply that.  It's been a horrible three years really.  For a long, long time I felt off.  A year or so or two years I felt like the game was improving and it's just I've never really had that really good result.  This is hopefully the start of some really solid golf to come and it's great to qualify for the top-24.  And at the moment, you know, you're in a tie for second or tie for third, which is quite nice.  Yeah, it makes a big difference.

Plus, there will be a couple of guys this week that have joined as affiliates to the Asian Tour, because I lost my Asian Tour status last year.  So any money that you win this year goes into a second re-rank, so you never know what could happen.  You could do really well in the match play, all of a sudden you might even secure your Asian Tour card with one start and then able to get to -- sometimes a life changing amount is sometimes a small amount of money or a tour card can be a bit of a game changer really for your career.

Q.  I just want to ask, when did you take the affiliate membership?

GARETH PADDISON:  At the start of the week.  You have to sign up either European Tour or Asian Tour, because it's a tri-sanctioned event, at the start of the week.  If you make the cut, great.  If you don't, then it doesn't count.  So I'm not a member of the European Tour because you obviously have to win the tournament.  Europe's a lot bigger and more money's required.  So unless you've won the tournament or even come in second, there would be very -- it's just out of the blue.  So you're required to have about two or three (inaudible) to sort of keep your card.  Asian Tour second or third year, you can actually keep your Asian Tour card or it just gives you a big boost in terms of money.  Yeah, we'll see what happens.

Q.  What's the most recent match play experience?

GARETH PADDISON:  Oh, God, I think when I was an amateur, I think.  It's a long time, yeah.  It's been so long.  I've been pro 18 years now, so it's been a long time.

Q.  Do you remember fond memories of match play?

GARETH PADDISON:  Oh, yeah, I was pretty reasonable.  You know, you're a completely different golfer then, so it will be a completely different strategy, so it will be quite interesting to see what -- I don't even know the holes.  I know a couple of them.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

Q.  If you have a first round bye, will you come and watch the guys and see how they approach it or --

GARETH PADDISON:  No, no, just you play the course that afternoon that no point in watching anyone else.  Watching how firm the green is or where the pins are on certain tees that you might go, well, okay (inaudible).  Just go out there and ideally go out there and try and enjoy it, try and go as aggressive as you can, or conservative or whatever.  It's going to be a completely different mindset really, so it will be interesting to see what happens.