Randhawa's back with a Swiss vengeance

Sat 06 Sep 2014

Randhawa's back with a Swiss vengeance

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Crans Montana, Switzerland, September 6: India’s Jyoti Randhawa is fired up to end his week on a high after he returned with a third round five-under-par 65 at the €2.3 million (approximately US$3 million) Omega European Masters on Saturday.
“I’m happy with the way I played. I putted well the last two days, made several birdies putts and overall, I’m very happy,” said Randhawa.
Randhawa’s hopes of progressing into the weekend rounds were in grave danger when he carded a 72 to take a share of tied-111th place after the opening round.
However a sterling effort on the second day saw the 42-year-old Indian battled back with a 65 before he traded six birdies and one bogey in the penultimate round to compile a three-day total of eight-under-par 202 at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
“I haven’t played a lot of golf in the last three months so it was like a practice round on the first day. You get a little edgy and I needed to figure out what I need to do in the second and third round. I’m glad I’m playing well now,” said Randhawa.
Randhawa holds the honour of being India’s first Asian number one in 2002.
And after more than a decade, the 42-year-old is still displaying the same kind of form which has led him to eight Asian Tour titles throughout his illustrious career.
“I’m 42-years old and I’m still enjoying my golf. In fact, my best golf is yet to come,” smiled Randhawa.
Meanwhile compatriot Anirban Lahiri had a promising start when he opened with an eagle-three on the first hole before adding a birdie on the fifth hole.
However a double-bogey six on 14 left his title hopes at the Omega European Masters all but over as he could only post a 68 for a 205 total.
Rahil Gangjee had a day to forget after he mixed five bogeys against four birdies to sign for a 71.
The Omega European Masters is the only tournament on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 2009 and marks the start of the second half of the Asian Tour season.
Ends.
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