Chennai: Defending champion, Mukesh Kumar hogged the limelight with a superb bogey-free round of five under 65 to be the sole leader with a seven-stroke lead at the end of the penultimate round of the four-round Hyundai Open on Friday.
Kumar had a three round tally of 10 under par 200.
Delhi’s Ajay Gupta and Calcutta’s Rafiq Ali were in the second and third spot, respectively, with identical score of 207 while overnight joint leader Ashok Kumar, the ‘Rookie of the Year’, from New Delhi failed to capitalise with a disastrous round of six over 76 to be in the 10th spot.
Calcutta’s Yusuf Ali was in fourth place (209) followed by citymates Feroze Ali, U.S. Mundy, Bangalore’s R.Murthy and S.S.P.Chowrasia and Pappan from Delhi with identical scores of 210.
Amongst the amateurs, L. Selvaraj of ONGC with 214 and D. Nagaraj (234) were in the top positions.