Jeev fourth in elite field despite double bogey

March 22nd, 2008 - 2:48 pm ICT by admin  

Doral (US), March 22 (IANS) Despite a disappointing double bogey on the final hole, Jeev Milkha Singh still climbed to tied fourth on the high-profile leaderboard at the midway stage of the WGC - CA Championship at Doral on Friday. Jeev, who was four-under after 17 holes, shot a 70, including four birdies and a double bogey on his closing hole, the par-3 ninth, to be six-under 138.

The 36-year-old Jeev, the 2006 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit winner, who lost in a play-off battle at the Ballantine’s Championship last week, is six behind the leader Geoff Ogilvy (67) of Australia and five behind Tiger Woods (66). Ogilvy is 12-under 132 and Woods 11-under 133.

S.S.P. Chowrasia carded a one-over 73 with four birdies and five bogeys to be three-over 147 and tied 62nd. Daniel Chopra with four birdies between the sixth and 10th holes registered a score of two-under 70 and moved up from tied 45th to 32nd at two-under 142.

Jeev opened on the tenth tee and played steady pars through to the 15th before finding his first birdie on the 16th. He turned in one-under and then found back-to-back birdies on fifth and sixth. A fourth birdie on eighth made him four-under, before the double bogey saw him slide back. But it did not affect his position.

On the 169-yard ninth, he was short of the green and in left rough 40 feet from the flag. He left his chip in the rough and reached his third shot that saw him six feet from the cup. He missed the bogey putt and ended with a double bogey.

“That was awfully disappointing. I played a solid round. I have been hitting so well and some these small mistakes are proving to be hurdle,” said Jeev.

Woods shot a brilliant round with two eagles and was five-under for the par-fives. Starting on tenth, he eagled the 12th and birdied the 16th. On his second nine, he eagled the first and dropped his only shot on third. He finished with a flourish with a birdie on eighth and again on the ninth when a big breaking 24-footer settled at the bottom of the cup.

Woods is seeking his sixth straight PGA TOUR victory and fourth straight win on Doral’s Blue Monster. He’s the defending champion at the CA Championship and has won six of those World Golf Championships overall.

Adam Scott of Australia shot 68 and is nine-under 135 in third while Jeev shares the fourth place with Robert Karlsson (70) and Anders Hansen of Denmark, who had a 71.

Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat birdied three of his last four holes to record his second straight 70 to lie in joint 10th spot with an equal performance by Korean stalwart Choi Kyung-ju for a 140 total.

Mark Brown (74) was three-over 147 to be tied 62nd. China’s Liang Wen-chong endured a slow finish as he carded his second consecutive 74 for a 148 total to lie in a tie for 66th spot.

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