Mukesh Kumar poised to win in ChennaiAugust 29th, 2008 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS
Chennai, Aug 29 (IANS) Mukesh Kumar is closing in on his fourth win in the 2007-08 Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) season. His awesome six under 64 in round three of the Tamil Nadu Open Golf Championship here Friday helped him establish a mammoth eight-stroke lead going into the final round.Mukesh now has a total of 16-under 194. Bangalore’s C Muniyappa and Kolkata’s Shankar Das were tied second at a distant eight-under 202.
Mukesh (67, 63, 64) consolidated his overnight three-stroke lead with the help of six birdies at the Madras Gymkhana Club’s course Friday. The three-time winner on the PGTI in the 2007-08 season, made birdies on the first, third, fourth, eighth, 12th and 14th.
“My putting was good from the very first hole Friday. I made a number of long putts. If I had not missed a couple of short putts for birdie on the ninth and 10th it would have been a perfect round for me,” said Mukesh after his bogey-free 64.
He added: “I must now continue to play the way I have played over the last three days in order to win.”
Shankar Das (67, 69, 66) shot a brilliant four-under 66 to end round three in tied second at eight-under 202. Das’ bogey-free 66 included birdies on the first, 12th, 13th and 14th.
“My scores in the first two rounds gave me a lot of confidence and that’s the reason why I carded an even better score in the third round. I now hope to post my best ever finish on the PGTI with a solid final round,” said Shankar.
Muniyappa (70, 65, 67) had an eagle on the 12th, birdies on the third, sixth, seventh and bogeys on the first and eighth.
Sanjay Kumar (70, 68, 65), Vijay Kumar (69, 67, 67) and Rafick Ali Mollah (65, 68, 70) were tied fourth at seven-under 203.
Ashok Kumar’s (71, 67, 68) total read four-under 206 for tied ninth heading into the final round while Chennai’s Sandeep Syal (68, 71, 69) had a two-under 208 and was currently placed 19th.
Rahul Ganapathy (72, 68, 69) was one stroke behind Syal in tied 20th place along with Harendra Gupta (72, 65, 72) at one-under 209.
Tarun Veeraraghavan (72, 75, 71) of Chennai was the highest placed amateur (tied 50th) at eight-over 218.
Leaderboard: 194 - Mukesh Kumar (Mhow) 67, 63, 64; 202 - Shankar Das (Kolkata) 67, 69, 66; C Muniyappa (Bangalore) 70, 65, 67; 203 - Sanjay Kumar (Lucknow) 70, 68, 65; Vijay Kumar (Lucknow) 69, 67, 67; Rafick Ali Mollah (Kolkata) 65, 68, 70;