Jeev slips as rain halts play at World Golf Championship

March 23rd, 2008 - 12:26 pm ICT by admin  

Doral (US), March 23 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh created a lot of opportunities but was not able to capitalise on them as he was only one-under through 12 holes, when play was halted in the third round of the World Golf Championships-CA Championship Saturday afternoon. Jeev, who started the day at six-under was seven-under but had slipped on the provisional leaderboard from overnight fourth to 12th on a day when the Blue Monster course was benign and conducive to scoring.

Indo-Swede Daniel Chopra, after being seven-under through 10 holes, dropped to three-under after 12 and was five-under for the tournament in tied 19th.

S.S.P. Chowrasia, playing his first event in US was three-under through 15 and even par for the tournament and moved from 62nd to 54th place.

The lead was held Geoff Ogilvy who was two-under through 12 to be 14-under, while Adam Scott, four-under through 12 was 13-under. Interestingly the only player in top 18 not under par was World No. 1 Tiger Woods, who was even through 12 holes and tied for third.

Jeev started superbly with a birdie on first and a second one on fifth at which point he was eight-under and lying fifth. On the sixth and seventh, Jeev reached the greens in regulation and gave himself good chances, but the putts did not drop.

On the par-5 eighth, the second easiest hole of the day, he missed the fairway as did many other top stars including the leaders, and then his second shot trickled into the water. He dropped a bogey there.

Chopra was on fire at seven-under for first 10 holes but thereafter fell into problems. He bogeyed the 11th and then triple bogeyed the 12th to fall to three-under for the day and five-under for tournament. He still had six holes to play.

S.S.P. Chowrasia made a good move up with three birdies on his second nine, which was the front half of the course, and he was three-under through 15 holes and moved to even par for the tournament. He was now tied 54th, up from overnight 62nd.

The player making the big move was Vijay Singh of Fiji, who was eight-under after 16 holes and moved to 11-under, which is where South African Tim Clark (seven-under after 15) and Woods (even after 12) were also placed.

There were several spells of wet weather before play was halted and 61 players were yet to finish their third round.

Woods is bidding for his sixth straight PGA TOUR victory and fourth straight on Doral’s signature course. Woods was even par through 12 holes and had slipped three strokes off the pace being set by Ogilvy and was two behind Scott.

Woods missed a series of putts and in fact on the first four, his putts touched the lip and did not drop. It started with the first, where he has a streak of 18 consecutive birdies or eagles on the 529-yard par 5 dating back to 1998. He missed a five-footer for birdie.

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