Gangjee moves to seventh in China Classic golf

October 18th, 2008 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Guangzhou, Oct 18 (IANS) India’s Rahil Gangjee, in desperate need of a solid finish to secure his 2009 Asian Tour card, shot one of his best rounds of the year with a stunning seven-under 64 to shoot up the leaderboard to tied seventh at the end of the third round of the $500,000 Midea China Classic golf.It was the biggest move upwards from overnight 33rd to tied seventh, a leap of 26 places. Gangjee, winner of the Volkswagen Masters China in his rookie year 2004, is now 10-under 203 following rounds of 70, 69 and 64. His 64 was the best round of the day, also matched by Lin Wen-Tang of Chinese Taipei.

Gangjee is four behind the leader, South Korean teenager Noh Seung-yul who continued his remarkable run by taking a two stroke lead over Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris (67) and fellow compatriot Park Jun-won (66).

Among the other Indians Anirban Lahiri (68) dropped from 18th to tied 20th at seven-under 206, while Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) fell from 11th to tied 30th at six-under and Digvijay Singh (68) moved up from 47th to tied 35th at five-under 208.

Noh posted a four-under-par 67 to take the outright lead at the top on 14-under-par 199 total with both Pilkadaris and Park trailing behind on matching 201s.

Lin Wen-tang, who started the day in tied-23rd place made one of the biggest move of the day to move into tied-fourth on 202. The three-time Asian Tour winner shares fourth spot with fellow Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih and Malaysia’s S. Siva Chandhran.

It was the perfect showcase of experience versus youth when the 34-year old Pilkadaris took on 17-year-old Noh and 22-year old Park.

“It is time I shot a round like that,” said Gangjee, who missed the cut at the Hero Honda Indian Open last week.

There was a lot of movement at the top with the lead changing hands between Pilkadaris and Noh until Noh sank two birdies in the 16th and 18th to take sole possession of the lead.

China’s Liang Wen-chong and home favourite posted his best score of 67 to finish in tied-13th, five shots off the lead.

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