Jeev strikes back, moves to joint second place

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Jakarta, Feb 16 (UNI) Jeev Milkha Singh fired a superb five under 65 third round and with a total of 14 under 196 climbed to the tied second place, two strokes behind leader Chile's Felipe Aguilar in the 1,20,000 dollar Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open Golf here today.

Jeev is tied second along with China's Liang Wen-Chong. The Chinese, overnight joint 7th shot six under 64 for a total of 196 (65, 67, 64) With Jeev, a full card holder on the European Tour, regaining the form, the last round is tantalisingly poised as the Indian is now in with a major chance of winning his first title since November 2006.

The Former Asia number one, Jeev, who was sixth after second round, could have emerged as the leader this afternoon but for the bogey on the 13th.

The Chandigarh based golfer shot six birdies in his round. He shot birdies on the fourth, seventh, eighth, ninth on his way out while coming in he had bogey on the 13th but made amends by hitting birdies on the 15th and 18th.

Intrestingly, this was Jeev's second 65 in three rounds. He hit the same score in the first round.

Overnight leader Aguilar, started with a bogey but he recovered quickly to hit a birdie on the 7th and eagle on the ninth to go out with 34 and then had a birdie on his 11th to end the round at three under 67 to total 16 under 194 (65, 62, 67) to retain the lead.

Jeev's compatriot Arjun Atwal also moved up from joint 14th place to joint 10th as he carded his best round of the tournament returning shot four under 66.

The three other Indians in the field, Jyoti Randhawa, Gaurav Ghei and Shiv Kapur also returned sub-par rounds.

Atwal's 66 followed his consecutive 67s in the first two rounds and helped him rise from tied 14th to tied 10th. He made birdies on the fourth, eighth, ninth, 11th and 17th and a lone bogey on the 16th in the third round.

Jyoti Randhawa shot 66 and with a total of six under 204 (68, 70, 66) helped him to climb from tied 45th to tied 28th.

The Indian number one, Randhawa started disastrously dropping two strokes on the first hole but then had a hat trick of birdies on the second, third and fourth. He again fired a birdie on the 7th but spoiled the momentum with a bogey on the eight and then carded a ] birdie on the ninth, to end his outward journey at 35.

On his return, Randhawa had three birdies (11th, 12th and 18th) and a bogey the 14th to finish with a total of four under 66.

Gaurav Ghei, shot his second successive three under par round (71, 67, 67) while Shiv Kapur had one under par round (69, 67, 69) and both are tied 37th at five under 205.

Overnight tied second James Kamte (South Africa) and Prom Meesawat (Thailand) shot identical two under 68 and both slipped to joint 4th place with a score of 13 under par 197 each.

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