Jeev tied fifth; Bhullar, Kapur move into top-20 in Macau Open

Jeev Milkha Singh
Macau, Sep 17: Jeev Milkha Singh slipped one place to tied fifth but the Indian golfer along with compatriots Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shiv Kapur did well to hang on in yet another hard day in the heat and humidity of the hilly and challenging Macau Golf and Country Club here.

On the third day of the USD 750,000 Macau Open, Jeev grinded it out in hot conditions to shoot a one-under 70 and move to seven-under 206, five shots behind the leader Chan Yih-Shin of Chinese Taipei.

Bhullar (68) and Kapur (69) also made a smart upward move on the leaderboard. Despite back-to-back bogeys on 11th and 12th, Bhullar moved up from overnight 25th to tied 12th at five-under 208, while Kapur had five birdies and three bogeys to come to four-under and tied 17th place, up from 25th.

Overnight leader Chan (68) kept his nose ahead of Joonas Granberg (68) by one shot, and Rikard Karlberg (68) stayed in third spot even as Mo Joong-kyung (65) playing with a blister on his left toe, jumped up to join him in third.

Veteran Zaw Moe (67) climbed from 11th to tied fifth with Jeev, young Thai Thanykon Khrongpha (70) and Australian Adam Groom (70).

Jeev recovered well from an indifferent start as he bogeyed the third and then the eighth.

"I told myself to stay focused and hang in. I got my first birdie on ninth and on the back nine there were two more birdies. On the 18th, I almost nailed an eagle, the ball stopping a couple of rolls short," said Jeev.

"Though many of the putts were still not dropping, I am happy that I am still in touch. Five shots is a good lead but not out of reach. A good start on final day can change things."


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