Kuala Lumpur, Mar 8 (UNI) India's Jyoti Randhawa stayed in touch with a battling 70 to lie three back in joint third place while title holder Peter Hedblom (Swedan) surged into a two-shot lead after firing a flawless seven-under-par 65 in the third round of the US$ 2 million Maybank Malaysian Golf Open here today.
Giving Jyoti company were England's Simon Dyson, who fired a bogey free 67, and Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark who returned a 69.
Jyoti had an uneven round in which had five birdies and three bogeys. He shot a birdie on the 3rd but then had a hat-trick of bogeys, on the 6th, 7th and 8th on his front nine and on his return he shot four birdies on the 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th to finish the day at 2 under par 70 and with a total of 14 under par 202 (67,65,70) ended joint third.
USA based Indian Arjun Atwal shot four under 68 to be placed joint 11th. He had a bogey free round in which he four birdies for 68 and had three round total of 14 under par 206 (79,68,68).
Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia carded three under 69 and that took his three round total to eight under 208 (66,73,69) for a joint 23rd place Another Indian in the fray, Gaurav Ghei had a par 72 round and was placed joint 23rd with an aggregate of 6 under 210 (67,71,72) Randhawa, the Asian Tour number one in 2002, returned to the course this morning to complete two holes for a second round 65 and for the joint halfway lead.
After a wobble on his front nine of the third round, the Indian, who has finished in the top-10 of his last three Asian Tour tournaments, fought back with four birdies on his homeward journey.
The Indian star, who is hoping to improve on his current 72nd world ranking in hope of getting into the top-50 and a place in the US Masters next month, said,''As long as I'm knocking on the door, I'm just waiting for it to open one day. That's what I'm doing right now. I will hang it there and see what happens.'' With a storm looming on the horizon as the last group were finishing the 18th hole, Randhawa, a six-time winner on the Asian Tour, said he was delighted to complete the round as he had to return earlier today to finish his second round.
''Yes, the referee was standing there and said that we had a choice to either finish the round, or go in. I decided to finish the hole and it was good to end with a birdie,'' said Randhawa, who won the 2004 Volvo Masters of Asia at Kota Permai.
''I didn't hit the ball too well as I wanted to make the scores.
On the back nine, I just played golf and I managed good shots in so I'm happy with that. I can now go out with all guns blazing and do my best. I will take the positives and see what I can do tomorrow,'' the Indian added.
Hedblom produced a wonderful back nine performance on a sweltering day to lead with his three-day total of 17-under-par 199 from Argentine Daniel Vancsik, who charged into contention with a masterful 64.
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