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CG Open 2016: Khalin Joshi shoots day’s best 63, shares third round lead with Shubhankar Sharma

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Khalin Joshi who was tied 12th and five off the lead after round two, came back into contention with a bogey-free 63 on Friday.

Khalin Joshi shares the lead at the CG Open 2016

Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi fired the day’s best score of seven-under-63 to share the third round lead at the CG Open 2016 with Shubhankar Sharma of Panchkula who posted a five-under-65.

With totals of 13-under-197, Khalin and Shubhankar enjoy a one-shot advantage heading into the final round of the Rs. 1 core event being played at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC).

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Khalin Joshi (67-67-63), who was tied 12th and five off the lead after round two, came roaring back into contention with a bogey-free 63 on Friday. The 24-year-old Joshi, who will be fighting to retain his Asian Tour card at the Panasonic Open India next week, mixed seven birdies with a couple of excellent par-saves during round three. 

Khalin said, “My putting stroke was much better today as compared to the first two days. However, I hope it is at its best in the final round. The two par saves on the fourth and 14th were crucial for my round.

“This is an important week for me. A win here will give me loads of confidence for next week’s Asian Tour event in Delhi where I need to do well to keep my card in Asia.

“It’s great to be in the mix on the final day. It’s going to be tight with the likes of Shubhankar, Rashid, Ajeetesh and Kapil all playing so well.”

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Khalin, also in contention for the Rolex Ranking title this year with his current Order of Merit position being fifth, made a charge for his second title of the season with four birdie conversions from 15 to 20 feet. He also recovered well for pars after hitting the water tank on the fourth and finding the bunker on the 14th.

Shubhankar Sharma is the joint leader

Here’s all that you need to know about day 3 at CG OPEN 2016:

#1 Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi scored the day’s best - a seven-under-63 to share the third round lead at the CG Open 2016 with Shubhankar Sharma of Panchkula who posted a five-under-65. With totals of 13-under-197, Khalin and Shubhankar enjoy a one-shot advantage heading into the final round of the Rs. 1 core event being played at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club (BPGC).

#2 There was a four-way tie for third place between Delhi golfers Rashid Khan and Kapil Kumar, Chandigarh’s Ajeetesh Sandhu and Sanjeev Kumar of Lucknow at 12-under-198.

#3 Rashid Khan (64), Kapil Kumar (67), Ajeetesh Sandhu (66) and Sanjeev Kumar (65) were bunched together in tied fourth at 12-under-198.

#4 Veer Ahlawat who made a hole-in-one on the sixth during his round of 66 was in 24th place at five-under-205.

#5 15-year-old junior amateur Aadil Bedi of Chandigarh, the youngest player in the field, shot a 70 in round three to close the day in tied 19th at six-under-204. Local professional Anil Bajrang Mane also took a share of 19th place after his round of 68.


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