Jeev tied fifth provisionally in Singapore Open golf

November 15th, 2008 - 9:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Sentosa (Singapore), Nov 15 (IANS) Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh landed an eagle putt from just over 30 feet to move to tied fifth place at the Barclay’s Singapore Open with four more holes to go in the third round, which will be completed early Sunday morning.Jeev, who woke up with a pain in neck and shoulder, started the day at one-under and was four-under through 14 holes with three birdies, an eagle and one bogey.

Jeev was four strokes behind Thai youngster Chapchai Nirat at five-under through 12 holes. Chapchai, the provisional leader at nine-under had an eagle-two on the 11th, when he holed out from 130 yards with a pitching wedge.

“I had a scare again this morning as I had a neck strain just as I had it at the Hero Honda Indian Open final day. I got the physio (Philippa) to help out before I played the round,” said Jeev.

With all players having only seven or less holes to complete their third round, a full 72-hole tournament is near certain unless it pours Sunday.

Many of the Indians seemed to have done well in the closing stages in fading light. While Gaurav Ghei slotted a 30-foot birdie putt, Shiv Kapur landed an eagle on the fourth (having started on 10th) to come to even for the day after dropping bogeys on first and second. Shiv Kapur was four-over for the tournament.

Jyoti Randhawa, the lone Indian to have finished the third round, started with three bogeys in first four holes from the tenth but rallied strongly to close with a one-over 72 at three-over 216.

S.S.P. Chowrasia was five-over for the tournament and one-over for the day and had four more holes to play. Digvijay Singh had a tough day, starting at even par, he opened with a birdie and then had seven bogeys in the next 14 holes to go to six-over.

Young Gaganjeet Bhullar also had a bad day as he was five-over for 17 holes with two birdies, three bogeys and two double bogeys.

Jeev, needs to finish sole seventh or higher to overhaul Mark Brown, said, “No, I don’t have that (taking lead in Merit race) in mind. I just want to play well and if I do that, rest will happen on its own,” he added.

If Jeev finishes below third and if Lam or Nirat wins the title and the $792,500 cheque, the winner will go into the lead in the Order of Merit. But if neither Singaporean or the Thai win, then Jeev needs to be only in top-7 to take the lead in the Merit race.

“I was very happy with my play, though the neck did cause me some discomfort. I hit the ball solid and putted decently, though a couple of them stopped just short or went past slightly,” said Jeev, who played with his friend Daniel Chopra, who was one-over through 14 holes and one-under for the tournament.

Nirat was two clear of the trio Lam, Thomas Bjorn and Simon Dyson, all at seven-under for the tournament. Lam was three-under through 11, Bjorn four-under through 12 and Dyson one-under through 11 for the third round.

Padraig Harrington one of the 27 players to finish his third round was five-under 66 for his third and he was the clubhouse leader at five-under 208.

Earlier in the morning Jeev led a group of seven Indians into the final rounds as the second round was completed Saturday morning. Jeev’s one-under 141 placed him 15th at the midway stage, while six other Indians came through the halfway cut, which came at four-over 146 with 72 players making the money rounds.

Among the big casualties were Arjun Atwal, PGA Tour player, two-time Singapore Open champion Adam Scott and South Korean K.J. Choi.

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