New Delhi: SSP Chowrasia and Sujjan Singh
kept Indian hopes alive as they closed the gap with sole
leader Pablo Larrazabal at the Euro 1.8 million Avantha
Masters even as play was suspended due to darkness here on Saturday.
Larrazabal had an eagle on his closing hole to move into
clubhouse lead but Chowrasia, winner of the first-ever
European Tour event in India in 2008, was just one shot behind
the Spaniard after a round of 67.
Keeping pace with him was Sujjan (68) and Argentina`s
Rafa Echenique (67).
And one shot behind them was Jeev Milkha Singh at
nine-under but he has five more holes to play in his third
Home favourite Jeev, looking for his first international
title at home is nine-under-par through 13 holes while
Thailand`s Thongchai Jaidee is seven-under-par through 13
A total of 24 players have yet to complete their third
round and will resume play tomorrow morning.
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. I`m well-rested. After playing 30 holes yesterday, 18
holes today felt like a breeze and I`m feeling very
comfortable," said Chowrasia.
Sujjan Singh, who came through the Asian Tour Q-School
this year said, "I putted well and focused hard today. I was
patient throughout the round and didn`t get too greedy. I`ve
been hitting it good this week and have read the lines to
perfection. The best part about my game at the moment is that
I`m not making any three-putts.