Chopra bounces back to tied 11th at WGC

August 3rd, 2008 - 7:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Akron (Ohio), Aug 3 (IANS) Daniel Chopra continued with his see-saw performance at the Bridgestone World Golf Championships Invitational with a superb third round card of four-under 66 that put him again in line for top-10 finish as he moved to tied 11th place at the end of the third round. At three-under 207, he is five shots behind the three leaders — World No. 2 Phil Mickelson (68), Vijay Singh (69) and Lee Westwood (67) sharing the lead after 54 holes and all of them looking for their first world Golf title.

Chopra, who shot a 67 in first round to be second after the first day, dropped to tied 35th on second with a 74, but on third day, he once again bounced back with seven birdies and three bogeys.

Chopra had a birdie-birdie start and a third birdie on fifth took him to three-under. He turned in a bogey on sixth and a birdie on ninth. On the home stretch, he birdied 10th and 11th and dropped a shot on 13th and then swapped a bogey and birdie on 17th and 18th for a day’s work of 66.

While the top three have won 116 titles between them, none of them has won a World Golf Championship title of which Tiger Woods has 15, including six at Firestone Country Club.

Vijay missed two putts inside three feet, but he holed two straight birdies from 12 feet to keep pace with Mickelson. The big Fijian will be in the final group with Westwood, who drove well and shot a 67.

Stuart Appleby (68) and Retief Goosen (68) were fourth and fifth and Darren Clarke (65) was among the five players at sixth. Then there were seven including Chopra at 11th.

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