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2nd BTI Open Golf: Udayan holds two-shot advantage heading into final round

Update : 01 Mar 2017, 06:49 PM
Udayan's total stood at 10-under-par 206 at the end of round three at Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka. Chandigarh-based teenager Feroz Singh Garewal also shot a 69 to move up one spot to second at eight-under-par 208. Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi (one-under-par 71) was a further stroke back in third. The BTI Open, won by local favourite Siddikur Rahman during the inaugural edition last year, might be heading to India for the first time as the top nine players on the leaderboard after day three were all Indians. Udayan (70-67-69), the overnight leader by one shot, looked in total control on the front-nine having carded two birdies and seven pars. He landed his wedges close enough on the seventh and ninth to register birdies. Udayan, 26, then suffered a few hiccups on the back-nine, falling to bogeys on the 10th, 12th and 15th in exchange for just two birdies on the 11th and 14th. Udayan, who finished a creditable fifth in the money list in his rookie season in the PGTI in 2015, however, managed to pull it back with birdies on the last two holes to continue as the top favourite for the title. Udayan, a two-time winner in the PGTI, said, “I made some good up and downs and par saves [Wednesday]. But I was all over the place from the 10th to the 15th. I had a three-putt on the 10th, missed the green and the up and down on the 12th and then found the water hazard on the 15th.” Burly Udayan, who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, added, “But the birdies on the last two holes brought me back in the zone and lifted my confidence. The highlight of the day was probably the wedge shot from the first cut on the 18th that stopped inches from the hole and gave me a crucial two-shot advantage going into the final round. “I feel I had got a little complacent at the start of the season when I missed the cut in Noida. But that is not the case any more. I’m feeling quite confident now and will look to drive home the advantage in the final round.” Feroz Singh Garewal (73-66-69) continued his upward graph, moving up from tied third to second position thanks to a 69 that featured six birdies and three bogeys. The 19-year old Garewal, still looking for his maiden title, said, “I didn’t have a great start to the week but I’ve done well to hang in there and get myself into contention. It’s now all about converting my chances in the final round.” Khalin Joshi (69-69-71) slipped one spot to third at seven-under-par 209 as a result of his 71 in round three. The three-time winner in the PGTI is expected to be another strong contender in the final round. Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh occupy fourth place at six-under-par 210. Mohammad Nazim is the best placed Bangladeshi golfer at tied 10th at three-under-par 213 heading into the final round COURTESYThe day’s best score of five-under-67 was shot by Patna’s Aman Raj, Bangladesh’s Mohammad Nazim and Bengaluru’s Syed Saqib Ahmed. While Aman took a share of fifth place at five-under-par 211, Nazim was the best placed Bangladeshi golfer at tied 10th at three-under-par 213. Saqib was tied 23rd at even-par-216.LEADERBOARDSL# Name Country R1 R2 R3 AGG PAR1 Udayan Mane India 70 67 69 206 -102 Feroz Singh India 73 66 69 208 -83 Khalin Joshi India 69 69 71 209 -74 Harendra Gupta India 70 69 71 210 -65 Aman Raj India 71 73 67 211 -56 Gaurav Pratap Singh India 71 71 69 211 -57 Shamim Khan India 72 69 70 211 -58 Wasim Khan India 71 71 70 212 -49 Rashid Khan India 69 71 72 212 -410 Mohammad Nazim Bangladesh 73 73 67 213 -3
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