Kahlon Shoots 67 to Tie Barr in Thailand Open

Sat 05 Mar 2005

Kahlon Shoots 67 to Tie Barr in Thailand Open


Phuket, March 5: India's Harmeet Kahlon stormed into the joint third round lead with Scott Barr of Australia at the Thai Airways International Thailand Open after a day of survival at Blue Canyon Country Club today.


Kahlon fired a five-under-par 67 to move into contention in the US$500,000 Asian Tour event with a nine-under-par 207 total as swirling winds and a weather delay resulted into a leaderboard logjam. Overnight leader Barr, who was bogey-free in his opening two rounds, battled back from a poor start to return a 74.

Filipino Angelo Que charged into tied third place with a flawless 67, one off the lead, alongside
India's Jeev Milkha Singh, who signed for a 74, and Australian Scott Strange, who shot a 73.


The second round leaders endured the worst of the weather in the afternoon as strong winds saw scores shoot up. A 45-minute delay because of lightning seemed to affect Singh and Strange, with the Indian dropping a bogey and double bogey in his last two holes.


The 34-year-old Kahlon tamed the tricky greens at the spectacular Canyon course. "I holed some good putts and read the lines well. It was a good day and I hit it reasonably well. My game is coming together over the past few months after switching coaches last August. I'm now working with Jonathan Yarwood (who coaches Michael Campbell) and I'm feeling better with my game."


scott barrKahlon broke through in 2002 with a home victory at the Hero Honda Masters and is eager to add to his career tally. "I just want to play well tomorrow. I'm in a good position but I can't control what the others are doing. I'll let the end result take care of itself," said Kahlon, who had seven birdies on the card.


After two days of near perfect golf, Singapore-based Barr gave away shots on his second and third holes. He was three over for the round through 10 before battling back with birdies on 15 and 16 and dropping his fifth bogey on the tricky par three 17th.


"It was a tough day, a rollercoaster alright! My head was down and I was four behind Jeev with six holes to go. I just said to my caddie let's try to be in the last group. After birdies on 15 and 16, the other guys sort of stepped back. Conditions were tough, the wind was blustery and swirling too. But I'm rapped to be back to where I was," said Barr.


The former teaching pro, who started practising yoga this year to find "an edge" in his game, believes his strong mental outlook has kept him in the hunt in Phuket. "The way I started, in years gone by, I would have fallen back but I think you learn the game and it's all about hanging in there all the time when the chips are down. I had some bad breaks with some putts today but my state of mind is very good on the course. I have a strong mental attitude and I'm confident and believe I can win the tournament," said the Aussie, who has led since the opening round.


Angelo QueQue matched Kahlon for the low score of the day with a five-birdie round with no blemish on the card. The winner of last November's Carlsberg Masters Vietnam had an amazing 12 one-putts on the greens as he scrambled to save several crucial pars.


"I putted really well and made a lot of nice ones out there. I'm swinging it well and my short game feels good. I'll need another good round tomorrow to have a chance of winning here," said the Filipino.


Singh turned in 34 before landing into all sorts of trouble at the challenging Canyon course. He had three bogeys and one double bogey at the finishing 18th hole on his inward nine.


Strange, last week's Myanmar Open champion, also stumbled late in his round, with bogeys on the 14th, 15th and 17th holes.


Prayad Marksaeng was the best placed Thai player in joint eighth position on 212, five behind the leaders, after shooting a 70.

Leading third round scores

207 - Harmeet Kahlon (IND) 70-70-67, Scott Barr (AUS) 65-68-74

208 - Angelo Que (PHI) 71-70-67, Jeev Milkha Singh (IND) 65-69-74, Scott Strange (AUS) 68-67-73

209 - Richard Lee (NZL) 70-70-69

210 - Mike Capone (USA) 71-69-70

212 - Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 72-70-70, Bryan Saltus (USA) 70-72-70

213 - Larry Austin (AUS) 72-69-72, Gerry Norquist (USA) 69-72-72, Chris Rodgers (ENG) 70-70-73

214 - Marcus Both (AUS) 73-73-68, Craig Warren (AUS) 71-72-71, Noppajak Meesom (THA) 67-75-72, Yoshinobu Tsukada (JPN) 66-76-72, Koji Katoh (JPN) 73-69-72, Greg Hanrahan (USA) 68-74-72, Shiv Kapur (IND) 70-68-76

215 - Wang Ter-Chang (TPE) 72-73-70, Rick Gibson (CAN) 74-69-72, Kang Wook-soon (KOR) 73-71-71, Ron Won (USA) 69-73-73, Chinarat Phadungsil [A] (THA) 70-72-73, Jason Knutzon (USA) 72-70-73, Gohei Sato (JPN) 66-72-77

216 - Andrew Pitts (USA) 71-75-70, Thammanoon Srirot (THA) 73-72-71, Andrew Buckle (AUS) 70-75-71, Ross Bain (SCO) 72-73-71, Pablo Del Olmo (MEX) 72-72-72, Sung Mao-Chang (TPE) 69-74-73, Jason Dawes (AUS) 73-69-74, Simon Yates (SCO) 68-73-75

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