Jeev back in fourth place with a brilliant round

July 26th, 2008 - 8:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Hokkaido, Japan, July 26 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh hit back brilliantly with a near-flawless round of four-under 68 that saw him rise to tied fourth place at the end of the third round of the Nagashima Shigeo Invitational Sega Sammy Cup on Saturday. Jeev is now seven-under 209, four shots behind the leader. The 36-year-old Jeev, who won the Austrian Open last month but missed out closely in South Korea and Indonesia to finish second. He had five birdies and a late bogey on 17th during his round that places him four shots behind the leader, Sushi Ishigaki (69). Ishuigaki was three shots clear of the Fijian Dinesh Chand (69) and Japan’s Koumei Oda (69).

Jeev shared the fourth place with three Japanese players, Michio Matsumara (68), Ryoken Kawagishi (71) and Nobuhito Sato (70).

Despite the fine score, Jeev did not have a great day on the greens, where he once again needed 30 putts for the round. He also gave away a three-putt bogey on the 17th. He birdied the second and the third, the latter with a chip-in. He added a third birdie on the eighth to turn in three-under. He added two more birdies on back nine, on the 11th and 16th, at which point he was five-under for the day for tied second. But a late bogey on the 17th with a disappointing three-putt saw him drop back.

Jeev’s fortunes in this tournament have oscillated a great deal, as he started by being fourth in first round and then slipped to 24th in next and he is now back at fourth.

This is only Jeev’s second tournament in Japan this year after the Crowns in the early part of the year. Jeev is also scheduled to play the Sun Chlorella Classic next week.

Ishigaki eagled the ninth hole on way to a 3-under-par 69 to grab sole possession of the lead after the third round. He shot a 69 in third round.

Ishigaki’s eagle highlighted an up-and-down round that also featured five birdies, a double bogey and two bogeys and helped the former Asian Tour player take a three-shot lead over Oda and Chand.

Ishigaki, yet to win on the JGTO tour, began the day with a bogey on the first hole but he recovered to make four birdies before sinking the eagle on the par-5 ninth.

The 34-year-old was unable to keep the momentum going on his inward journey. He dropped another shot on the 10th and double bogeyed the 17th before closing out with a birdie on the last.

Oda made five birdies against a pair of bogeys to climb from a share of eighth into second alongside veteran Chand, who also carded a 69.

Teenage pro Ryo Ishikawa, who on Friday made the cut for the fourth time in nine starts this year, moved into a share of 23rd on 4-under after shooting a second straight 70.

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