New Delhi, Nov 4: India’s Shiv Kapur showed great composure by ending his round with an eagle-three on the 18th hole to share the third round honours with overnight leader Paul Peterson of the United States at the Panasonic Open India on Saturday.
Having started the day with an opening bogey-six, it was a testing day for Kapur as he had to dig deep into his reserves to grind out a three-under-par 69 to remain on course for his first win on his home course at the Delhi Golf Club.
Peterson started his round encouragingly with an eagle but fell off the leaderboard momentarily after bogeys on holes two, four and nine. A birdie on 14 before a closing eagle on 18 lifted the American back to the top with his three-day total of 13-under-par 203.
India’s Shamim Khan, who is currently leading the PGTI Order of Merit signed for a 69 to take third place while S.S.P. Chawrasia, who won the Panasonic Open India in 2014, is tied for fourth with compatriots Om Prakash Chouhan and Sudhir Sharma at the US$400,000 event.
Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant remains confident of winning his 19th Asian Tour title as he will head into the final round, three shots back of Kapur and Peterson in seventh place following a 68.
The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.
Did you know?
- The only time Shiv Kapur shared the lead going into the final round at the Delhi Golf Club was at the Sail Open in 2010. He would eventually finish second, five shots back of Rikard Karlberg.
- Kapur has won in Thailand and Chinese Taipei but never at home on the Asian Tour.
- Thawron Wiratchant is an 18-time Asian Tour winner and he has also won two Order of Merit titles in 2005 and 2012.
- He has enjoyed three top-10s in Thailand and Chinese Taipei this year.
- Paul Peterson graduated from the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2014 and finished 22nd on the Order of Merit that year.
- He finished tied-eighth in Indonesia last week before coming over to play at the Panasonic Open India.
- Peterson is making his debut appearance at the Panasonic Open India this week.
- S.S.P. Chawrasia won the Panasonic Open India 2014 and has six Asian Tour victories. Five of them have come from home soil.
“It was one of those days where I showed lots of grit and character. I’m very proud of myself.” – Shiv Kapur
Shiv Kapur (Ind) Third round 69 (-3), Total 203 (-13)
It was a hard fight and I didn’t have my A game by any means. It was a B- at best. I was really struggling off the tees and it was a real battle out there. I hit it into the bush on the first and made a bogey. I hit it again into the bush on 11 and made a double there. So it was nice to finish with an eagle and salvage something out from the day. It was one of those days where I showed lots of grit and character. I’m very proud of myself.
Paul Peterson (Usa) Third round 70 (-2), Total 203 (-13)
I tried to stay patient as best as I could and I glad it paid off with that eagle again on 18. I got off to a great start with an eagle and it feels really good to start the round well and end it well too. I’m trying to get my first Asian Tour win and patience will be the key for me tomorrow. Not many guys made putts in our group and it just goes to show how tough it is out there on the greens. You can hit good putts that can’t go in here. There’s no point getting yourself down after hitting a bad shot because the guys playing next to you can easily hit one out as well.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind), Third round 69 (-3), Total 205 (-11)
I’m feeling confident. I’m playing well and I’m looking forward to the final day tomorrow. I know this course well and I’m not too far off the lead. The way I see it, if you can shoot six-under or better, you’ll stand a good chance of winning.
Thaworn Witatchant, Third Round 68 (-4) Total 206 (-10)
Everything depends on your first shot on the tee. If you hit it well, everything will go smoothly. But if you hit a poor one, you’ll be in trouble. All it takes is just one bad shot here so you got to be very focused and careful. The Indians obviously have an advantage here as they get to play here more than us. But it also all comes down to your own self-belief. I’ve won at the Delhi Golf Club before so why can’t I do it again.
Leading scores after round 3 of the Panasonic Open India 2017 being played at the par 72, 6935 Yards Delhi GC course (am – denotes amateur):
203 – Shiv KAPUR (IND) 65-69-69, Paul PETERSON (USA) 69-64-70.
204 – Shamim KHAN (IND) 66-69-69.
205 – Om Prakash CHOUHAN (IND) 70-69-66, Sudhir SHARMA (IND) 69-70-66, S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) 67-69-69.
206 – Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 67-71-68.
208 – Suradit YONGCHAROENCHAI (THA) 73-71-64, Aman RAJ (IND) 66-73-69, Karandeep KOCHHAR (IND) 71-68-69, Honey BAISOYA (IND) 69-68-71, Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 68-68-72.
209 – Veer AHLAWAT (IND) 71-70-68, Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND) 64-73-72.
210 – Rashid KHAN (IND) 71-69-70, Scott BARR (AUS) 68-71-71, Manu GANDAS (IND) 72-67-71, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-71-71.
211 – N. THANGARAJA (SRI) 75-69-67, Sujjan SINGH (IND) 71-73-67, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 73-67-71, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 69-71-71.
212 – Shubhankar SHARMA (IND) 69-74-69, Kapil KUMAR (IND) 73-69-70, Mukesh KUMAR (IND) 72-69-71, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 68-72-72, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 70-70-72.
213 – Sihwan KIM (USA) 72-71-70, Sorachut HANSAPIBAN (THA) 74-69-70, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 73-69-71, M. DHARMA (IND) 70-70-73.
214 – Angad CHEEMA (IND) 73-70-71, Nicolas PAEZ (USA) 71-73-70, Pawan KUMAR (IND) 69-75-70, Udayan MANE (IND) 72-74-68.
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