Mukesh Kumar in sight of his third title

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Chandigarh, Mar 29 (UNI) Mhow-based Mukesh Kumar carded a bogey-free 68 in the third round of the Centurion Bank of Punjab Open Golf Championship to extend his lead to five strokes at the 72-par Chandigarh Golf Course here today.

Mukesh is eyeing his third title of the 2007-08 PGTI season as his total reads twelve under 204.

Kapurthala's Gaganjeet Bhullar stroked 71 to be five strokes behind Mukesh in second position at seven under 209.

Vijay Kumar was at the third position as he trailed Bhullar by one stroke.

Mukesh Kumar (67, 69, 68) was the leader for the third consecutive day after his third round effort of four under 68. On the front nine, he made eight pars and a birdie on the second. He then picked up the pace on the back nine with birdies on the 13th, 17th and 18th.

Mukesh said, "It's not going to be easy tomorrow despite the fact that I have a big lead. The players behind me, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Vijay Kumar and Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh are quite capable of shooting very low scores on the final day so I cannot afford to relax." Gaganjeet Bhullar (69, 69, 71) was placed second heading into the final round. His total moved to seven under 209 after he carded one under 71 in the third round. Bhullar sank birdies on the sixth, 13th and 17th and dropped bogeys on the first and ninth on Saturday.

Vijay Kumar (69, 69, 72) lies third at six under 210. Harendra Gupta (71, 72, 68) and Delhi's Manav Jaini (71, 70, 70) are tied fourth with an overall score of five under 211.

Another Chandigarh-based professional Sujjan Singh (71, 75, 67) was tied sixth along with C Muniyappa (69, 70, 74). The two have a total of three under 213.

Chandigarh Gurbaaz Mann's 66 on Saturday was the best round of the tournament so far. He had shot 73 and 75 in the first two rounds.

Mann was currently placed tied eighth as his total stands at two under 214.

The Chandigarh golfer was one under at the turn having made birdies on the third and sixth and a bogey on the ninth. He then had an incredible back nine as he sank four consecutive birdies from the 11th to the 14th and another one on the 16th.

Arjun Singh (72, 74, 70) was tied 10th at even par 216.Digvijay Singh (76, 72, 70) was in tied 17th position at two over 218.

Harmeet Kahlon (71, 72, 75) and first round leader Ashbeer Saini (67, 73, 78) joined Digvijay in tied 17th place.

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