Indian Open Day 4: SSP Chawrasia a class apart


With hours of play lost during the last two days because of bad weather, the standing Top 11players except American Peter Uihlein will have to finish their round in the morning.

The world number 258 signed for a five-under-par 67 before a quick turnaround saw him begin his third round at DLF Golf and Country Club.

Pepperell endured a long third day with 16 holes of his second round to complete, and he had moved to six under after 11 holes of the third round before darkness forced the players back to the clubhouse.

An intriguing final round is on the cards as defending champion SSP Chawrasia put up a gritty display to end up in a three-way lead with Spain's Carlos Pigem (inset) and England's Eddie Pepperell (top) in the Hero Indian Open on Saturday.

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· Green has played in three Asian Tour tournaments this season, making all the cuts and finished tied 47th at the Maybank Championship for his best result thus far.

"I'm very happy", said Kolkata-born Chawrasia, who missed from two feet for birdie on the ninth, his final hole of the day. All week, I just tried to keep it straight and putt well. "Birdies are difficult to find on this course and they require a lot of hard work, so to give away a bogey is painful".

Gavin Green of Malaysia was a shot behind at 5 under after completing 17 holes in his third round.

Trailing Chawrasia was David Horsey at four-under for the day, while Matteo Manassero, who was one-over through seven holes, is now three-under for the tournament and tied third with Eddie Pepperell. I made one mistake with a bogey, then got another few more birdies.

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Chawrasia started the third round tied alongside Pepperell and kept up his title hopes with birdies on the fourth and ninth holes against a bogey on two. I guess I can take confidence from what I've done today.

"The greens are firm, the pin positions are tricky". And now I'm leading so obviously I'm confident and I'm trying to win this tournament again.

"I have had three weeks at home and to come back to a tough course like this, it's never easy", Manassero said. It's hard. The fairways are tight, there's no let up. "You need to hit good shot after good shot", the 25- year-old said.

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