Jeev and Kapur finish in top-20 at French Open golf (Lead)

June 29th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Versailles, June 29 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh dropped three shots in two holes on the last stretch of his Open De France ALSTOM campaign and missed out on a great opportunity to finish in the top-10 Sunday. Despite that mess-up, Jeev (69) and the other two Indians, Shiv Kapur (67) and Jyoti Randhawa (69), bounced back from their third round nightmares as they carded excellent under par rounds on the final day. Kapur and Jeev made a good upward move on the final day to finish inside top-20, while Randhawa restored his confidence for coming weeks with a 69 following his third round 81.

Kapur and Jeev were lying 20th with about a dozen players ahead of them yet to finish, so there was a chance for them to move up even higher.

Jeev, who was in top-5 after his first round, dropped to 27th after third round during which he carded 70. On the final day, Jeev had six birdies, three each on front and back nines. He however dropped a bogey on eighth, but more hurtful was the double bogey on par-5 14th, which was followed by a bogey on 15th.

A birdie on 17th was a consolation, but Jeev must be disappointed for he was in with a chance to score well and end in top-5 that may have given him a chance to qualify for the British Open.

Kapur, whose second round of eight-under 63 had set the Le Golf National Club ablaze ballooned to a five-over 76 without any birdies, but then his final round of 67 spoilt only by a final hole bogey saw him end the week at three-under 281. In the final round, Kapur had five birdies, three on the front nine on the third, fourth and sixth and two more on back stretch on 10th and 13th, but dropped a shot on 18th.

Randhawa also rebounded from his third round nightmare of 81 with a 69 in final round, but that saw him finish in 67th place at 10-over 294 for the week.

The third round was eminently forgettable for at least two of three Indians. Kapur went for a five-over 76 and dropped to 43rd, while Jyoti Randhawa played a nightmarish 10-over 81 that put him right at the bottom in 68th place.

Jeev despite three bogeys, one of them on the 18th, hung in for one-under 70 and was tied 27th after three rounds.

Meanwhile world’s 481st ranked young Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal was on his way to his maiden European Tour title as he was 14-under through 13 holes on the final day. The 25-year-old had five birdies, which amply made up for his double bogey ninth. He was four shots clear of eight time European Order of Merit winner, Colin Montgomerie, who was 10-under.

Kapur (76), unable to find a single birdie a day after finding nine in the second round, had two bogeys and a triple bogey to drop to tied 43rd after being eighth the previous day. Randhawa had three birdies on the back nine, but he also had four bogeys and a triple during a front nine 43 and had one more bogey and a five-over 8 on par-3 16th.

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