Jeev lies third at World Golf Championship

March 15th, 2009 - 3:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Doral (Miami), March 15 (IANS) Flying on the wings of twin eagles, top Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh was tied third with a four-under 68 at the end of the third day of the World Golf Championships-CA Championship.
In what was a rather eventful round with two eagles, three birdies and three bogeys, Jeev brought in a four-under 68 to move to 12-under 204 and was four behind co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Nick Watney, both at 16-under at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa here Saturday.

Jeev was tied for third with the flamboyant Colombian Camillo Villegas with whom he plays the final round.

The key for Jeev has been driving accuracy as he has driven long and accurate and is second in stats this week. He has also putted well with 26, 26 and 27 for three days.

Jeev admitted that after the Northern Trust and WGC-Match play, he worked on the putting and has now played three rounds with 79 putts.

“Yes, I’m happy with the way everything is going, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow,” he added.

Asked if he was looking at the scoreboards, he said: “Yes, I was looking at the boards today, checking out how the boards are doing. Especially the 17th, I checked the board out.”

Explaining his keenness to win in the US, Jeev said: “I’ve won on most of the tours in the world, and I think I would like to win here, too. That would be perfect. That would be the icing on the cake. That’s what we work hard for. That’s what I want to do one day. I’ve won in Europe, I’ve won in Asia, I’ve won in Japan, and I’d like to win here, too.”

Jeev opened with an eagle on the first and then went bogey-birdie-bogey from third to fifth and added a birdie on seventh as he turned in two-under 34. On the back nine, he started with a bogey on 10th, but shrugged it aside and landed another great eagle on the 12th. A birdie on the par-3 15th, where Mickelson almost had an ace - his shot hit the flagstick - brought Jeev to four-under for the day and 12-under for the tournament.

Both Mickelson and Watney are gunning for their first WGC title, just as Jeev is. Both Mickelson and Watney work with Butch Harmon, former coach of Tiger Woods.

Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng slipped further back to tied-13th after posting a 72 while Taiwan’s (Chinese Taipei) Lin Wen-tang shot a 70 to move into tied-57th place. New Zealand’s Mark Brown carded a 68 to take 38th place in the elite field while Yang Yong-eun of Korea, who won the Honda Classic last week, was tied 61st after returning with a 216 total.

–Indo-Asian News service

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