Singh Leads Home Charge

Sun 20 Feb 2011

Singh Leads Home Charge

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New Delhi, India, February 20: India’s Jeev Milkha Singh kept up the home challenge by completing his third round with a two-under-par 70 to trail England’s Robert Coles by a single shot at the Avantha Masters on Sunday morning.
Singh, who was nine-under through 13 holes when play had to be suspended due to darkness, returned with a flourish by making two birdies in his last two holes to keep alive his hopes of a first home win after signing for a three-day total of 11-under-par 205 at the €1.8 million (approximately US$2.3 million) event which is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI).
Singh is in a three-way tie for second place together with Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal who had a magical eagle three on his closing hole to thank for propelling him into the clubhouse lead on Saturday and Denmark’s Mark F Haastrup who posted a 68.
India’s S.S.P Chowrasia and Sujjan Singh are in equal fifth alongside Argentina’s Rafa Echenique after they signed for matching 206s at the DLF Golf and Country Club.
While Singh remains one of the home favourites to lift the Avantha Masters this week, the crowd can also count on Chowrasia and Sujjan for a home grown winner.
Chowrasia looked to have regained the form that led him to his first win when he defeated an elite field at the Indian Masters in 2008.
Starting the day tied-for 15th, Chowrasia birdied his opening par-four first. However he gave that shot back with a bogey on the sixth before hauling himself back into contention with two birdies on holes eighth and nine.
He marked his card with another birdie on the par-three 11th before dropping another shot on the 13th hole.
Three birdies starting from the par-five 14th would however surge him back up the leaderboard.
“I’m really feeling good about my game at the moment. It was solid from tee to green and I did not make many mistakes today,” said Chowrasia.
“I’m well-rested. After playing 30 holes yesterday, 18 holes today felt like a breeze and I’m feeling very comfortable,” added the Indian of his second round resumption that resulted because of a fog delay on the opening day.
Meanwhile Sujjan, who earned his Tour card by finishing in tied-21st at the Asian Tour Qualifying School last month, is hoping to continue his rich vein of form in this week’s 2011 Asian Tour curtain raiser.
“I am playing well and I just want to keep the momentum going," said Sujjan, who posted rounds of 69, 69 and 68.
"There is bound to be some pressure but I'm going to avoid looking at the leaderboard. I have been reaching the greens fairly regularly and that takes a lot of pressure off you," added the Indian.
For further information, please contact Asian Tour’s Calvin Koh at the Avantha Masters media centre on +911 244 752 851.
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