Bangkok: Anriban Lahiri continued his great run this season, playing a sharp round of five-under 67 to move to tied second at the end of day three at the $1 million Thailand Golf Championships here.
With one more round to go, Spaniard Sergio Garcia (65) seemed to run away from the field opening a four-shot lead over Henrik Stenson (65) and Lahiri (67). The trio will go out in the lead group, on Sunday.
“I am looking forward to that,” said Lahiri. “Those two guys are great players and it should be fun ...”
Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) and Sujjan Singh (71) ensured they were in the neighbourhood, even if some distance away at eight-under 208 in 11th place alongside defending champion Charl Schwartzel (67), PGA Tour player DA Points (66) and Asian Tour No. 1 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (71) and five others.
Jeev Milkha Singh, the fourth Indian to make the cut this week, shot two-under 70 with six birdies and four bogeys to be way behind in tied 50th place.
Justin Rose (70) dropped a bogey on the last and was fourth at 13-under, while Frenchman Alexander Levy (70) was fifth two shots behind.
Lahiri started very well with birdies on second and third though he dropped a shot on fourth. But when he birdied seventh, he was momentarily in shared lead with Garcia at 11-under. On the back nine, he birdied 11th, 16th and 17th which has a Island green.
He said, “I’m very happy because I didn’t hit the ball very good but I played really sharp golf, and that’s good to see because I’ve been waiting for that to come around and I’m happy that I’m able to focus and get up-and-down when I miss it, and make some putts.”
He admitted, “Yeah, Sergio is running away with it almost, so I’m glad I’m still within touching distance. Again, I can’t really go into tomorrow expecting anything. I just want to play solid.”
Meanwhile in Durban, Shiv Kapur knocked in three birdies over the last seven holes to haul himself to tied 28th at the end of the second round at the rain-hit Nelson Mandela Championship presented by ISPS Handa.
Kapur, who was on the cut-line at one-under, when play stopped due to darkness last evening, birdied the 12th, 15th and 18th to compile a five-under 65 in second round for a total of four-under 136. (PTI)