Calcutta: Shamim Khan, who has a three-stroke lead after the penultimate day of the McLeod Russel Tour Championship, feels his driving will decide whether he will have the last laugh on Saturday.
“I will have to be aggressive but at the same time should hit the fairways. The pressure is on me. In golf a three-stroke lead is nothing. Anyone can upstage you on a given day. Mukesh, SSP (Chowrasia), Abhijit Singh Chadha all are in the reckoning.”
Shamim said his main job would be to win the Order of Merit. “I have to be in the top-two. Rashid cannot win it but Mukesh has a chance. But I am determined to do well tomorrow,” he said.
Shamim was 10-under on aggregate after the 10 th hole but a double bogey on 12th somehow spoiled the show.
“My iron shots were top-class today and so was my putting. I landed it within a foot of the pin on two occasions. I came up with an excellent tee shot on the 13th to put behind the disappointment of the double bogey on the 12th. The birdie on the 13th was the highlight of my round.
“I’m also a bit wary of the third hole since it has a tough layout. I bogeyed the third in the first two rounds and made par today.
“It’s been a fantastic season for me so far and I’d like to end it on a high,” said Shamim, who has been one of the most consistent performers on the PGTI in the last few years.
Chadha, at tied second spot, is looking for a top three finish. “It will be a great achievement if I finish in the top three.
“This course is so tough that a three-under is actually a six-under on any other course. Every shot has to be well thought of. Otherwise you have no chance of making a mark here.”