Shamim keeps lead after third round at Tata Open golf

December 5th, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Jamshedpur, Dec 5 (IANS) Delhi golfer Shamim Khan kept his lead with a two-under 68 in the third round of the 6th TATA Open here Friday. Shamim moved to 10-under 202, and he was three strokes clear of long-hitting Mandeo Singh Pathania (69) at seven-under 205. Kolkata’s Shankar Das lies third at five under 207.

After the cut was made at five over par Thursday, the field was restricted to 57 professionals and four amateurs.

After playing one round each at Beldih and Golmuri courses, the 57 players, who made the cut, played nine holes each on the two courses. While one half of the field teed off from Beldih, the other half began its round from Golmuri. The par for the combined courses was 70. This format will also be followed Saturday.

Khan (68, 66, 68), currently fourth on the PGTI Order of Merit, held on to his overnight lead despite a mixed day Friday. He went birdie-bogey-birdie on the second, third, fourth and then had bogey-birdie on the sixth and seventh to make the turn at one under. Two more birdies followed for him on the 11th and 13th. The 30-year-old from the Delhi Golf Club made his final bogey on the 17th to close at two under.

“I had an average round today but am very glad to be leading at this stage. My driving was average but putting was a little better,” said Khan.

Pathania (75, 61, 69) is lying as high as second in a PGTI event for the first time. In round three he sank birdies on the seventh, 10th, 13th and dropped bogeys on the 11th and 15th.

Das (67, 73, 67) is in third place at five under 207. He fired five birdies and two bogeys for his three under 67. C. Muniyappa and Ajeetesh Sandhu are both one stroke behind Das in tied fourth place. Harendra Gupta and Feroz Ali Mollah share sixth place at three under 209.

Mukesh Kumar, the defending champion and current leader on the PGTI Order of Merit, lies tied 13th with a total of one under 211. His four under 66 was the best score of round three. Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk is the highest-placed amateur. He is currently tied 33rd and has a total of six over 218.

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