Filipino Juvic Pagunsan fired a three-over par 73 in Saturday's third round of the British Open, excited to have reached the weekend in his major golf championship debut.
Pagunsan stood on six-over 216 after 54 holes and will be among the early starters in Sunday's final round, but the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion is happy to go four rounds after making the cut on the number.
"I think some guys made mistakes and I got a chance to come back to play again," Pagunsan said.
"I was watching the internet all the time. I was on skype with my wife and we were looking at the scores. First time playing in the Open, of course you cannot express your feelings. It’s really hard to explain."
Pagunsan, 34, made three birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on Saturday and will try to play a round at par or better for the first time in a major on Sunday.
"I played good but missed some drives and found the bunkers," Pagunsan said. "I was really comfortable on the back nine as the sun came out and it got a bit warmer. It was better conditions but I got some bad bounces.
It will be same plan tomorrow, try to hit the ball solid and avoid the doubles and the bunkers -- let’s see if I can get an under par round."
Pagunsan will leave the Lancashire links with warm memories of his first visit to the United Kingdom.
"It’s a good experience," he said. "First time on a links course and some good memories already. I love to play here. It’s totally different from home."