Mukesh in lead at Solaris Chemtech Open golf

February 12th, 2009 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Gurgaon, Feb 12 (IANS) Mukesh Kumar (68, 70, 67) leads the field by two strokes after round three of the Solaris Chemtech Open Golf Championship here Thursday.
Mukesh shot five under 67 in the third round to move his total to 11 under 205. Gaurav Pratap Singh is placed second at nine under 207. Rahil Gangjee’s bogey-free 65, the best round of the day, placed him tied third at eight under 208 along with Arjun Singh.

Mukesh Kumar, the 2007-08 PGTI Order of Merit winner, will be in the hunt for his fifth title on the PGTI when he tees it up Friday. If Mukesh wins, he would equal Ashok Kumar’s record of maximum wins on the PGTI. Mukesh birdied the third, fifth, sixth, ninth, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and made bogeys on the seventh, eighth and 10th.

“I excelled with the putter today even though my hitting was average. My best birdie was on the sixth where I sank a tough 20 feet putt from left to right. I haven’t played in the leader group for quite some time now and am now looking forward to getting back into the winning habit,” Mukesh commented.

“I will play according to my plan for the first nine holes and then take stock of the situation before deciding strategy for the final nine holes,” he added.

Gaurav Pratap Singh (72, 65, 70) is placed second at the moment, two strokes off the lead. Gaurav made an incredible eagle on the 14th besides making birdies on the second and 18th and bogeys on the fourth and fifth.

Rahil Gangjee (71, 72, 65) shot into contention after returning an amazing seven under 65 on Thursday. He is in tied third place at eight under 208. His round on Thursday was punctuated by seven birdies. Arjun Singh (67, 70, 71) is also tied third along with Gangjee.

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