Khan regains advantage in India

Sat 01 Mar 2014

Khan regains advantage in India

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New Delhi, March 1: Rashid Khan of India completed his third round in three-under-par 69 for a two-shot lead over Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman at the SAIL-SBI Open presented by Incredible India on Saturday morning.
The 23-year-old Khan, chasing a first Asian Tour victory, played his remaining 10 holes in four under at the Delhi Golf Club and holds the lead on 17-under-par in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event, which is the first of the 2014 season.
Siddikur birdied his closing two holes and holed out for a lucky eagle on 14 to lie in second place while two-time champion Anirban Lahiri of India and Martin Rominger of Switzerland share third place, six shots off the pace.
The fourth and final round is currently in progress but officials have announced that if the round cannot be completed by today due to weather, then the 54-hole score will stand as the final results.
Khan was delighted he bounced back from yesterday’s lackluster display where he was one-over through seven holes when play was suspended due to inclement weather.
“It was so much better. I told you yesterday that it was good we stopped playing as I wasn’t playing well. I finished my par on eight and next hole, hit a good drive and nine iron to a few inches. That was a good start for me. I really picked up and shot another three birdies on the back nine.
“I was working on the same thing on the range this morning. My alignment went right and I talked to Ashok Kumar (fellow pro and coach) and we checked on the alignment. Hit it really well today and hit a few good putts.
“Obviously I am going to play my game, like the last three days. Just have to focus, nothing else. I’m in a good position, two shots ahead but Siddikur is an experienced player and he knows how to catch up. I have to be focused right now and play my game. I don’t want to see anything or who’s behind me and just play my game and finish my 18 holes,” he said.
Siddikur, who won at Hero Indian Open at the Delhi course in November, kept himself in the title hunt thanks to an eagle on 14 which he holed out from the bunker. He then birdied 17 and 18 to draw to within two of Khan.
“Still in with a chance,” said Siddikur. “On this course, it’s a matter of one hole. It can happen and I can catch up. There is a lot of chances left. I’m looking forward to it. My focus is fairways and greens and the fairways are softer which make it easier for us. I think if I can shoot another five under, there is a good chance to win.
“It’s great that I birdied the 18 for the third straight day. Good third shot from the same position again. It’s a good hole for me. I’m hoping it won’t rain so that we all can play four rounds, which will be good for our sponsors too. I’m hoping the weather will be okay and we’ll enjoy our final round. This course, two shots is nothing. It’s a matter of one hole. Anything can still happen for anyone.”