New Delhi: His roller-coaster round saw him score eagles, birdies and bogeys but Rashid Khan was satisfied with his sizzling card of seven-under 65 and said he would look to be more aggressive when he chases leader Mohammad Siddikur in the final round of Hero Indian Open here tomorrow.
"It was an eventful round. I started well but went down at fifth and six holes but after that I came back well and the eagle at the eighth hole was a major boost," said Rashid, who is currently five strokes adrift of Siddikur at tied third.
"I hit eight birdies and only six pars and it was all great. I was enjoying myself at the golf course. My putting was good but there were two bad tee shots at sixth and ninth holes.
"Tomorrow I will play with same aggression. I am following Siddikur and I need to score really big. I lost SAIL Open play off here and I want to win here. Anything can happen tomorrow," added Rashid, who picked up birdies on the first, third, seventh, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th and 17th holes, besides dropping bogeys on 5th, 6th and ninth holes.
Another Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri was leading the Indian charge earlier in the morning with four birdies in eight holes but a couple of double bogeys on the ninth and 13th pulled him back. He though recovered with back-toback birdies from 14th to 16th and turned in a five-under 67 for a total of 11-under 205.
He said: "I made a couple of bad swings and you pay the price at DGC. That was the only different between a great round and a good round.
"I`m proud with the way I fought back despite the setbacks. To make a double bogey just before the turn, you lose a lot of momentum. When you get the momentum back then you give it away in the very next hole.
"It is very difficult to gather yourself again and again during the same round especially on a golf course like this one. I`m glad that I fought back and gave myself a chance heading into tomorrow," he added.
Still six strokes away from Siddikur, Lahiri said he will look to attack the greens tomorrow.
"I know I`m a long way back so I have to be aggressive on the last day. But I need to respect the golf course. If I find the fairway, then I will attack the greens. If I don`t then I have to play percentage golf. I didn`t really try to do anything different. I just made more putts. I need to putt at a similar level tomorrow," he said.
Asked about the course, Lahiri said: "The golf course is playing easier compared to the past because it is a bit softer. I need to go lower and I`ll have that in mind when I start."
Australia`s Unho Park, who set the course on fire with a seven-under 65 in the third round to take the tied sixth spot for a total of 10-under 206, said it was his best score at the Delhi Golf course.
"I think this is my best score at the Delhi Golf Club, although I did shoot a seven-under in the practice round. I`m just happy I didn`t blow up in the last few holes. I had a third place finish here before in 2003 so that`s my best result here," he said.
"I love coming back to this course. I`ve been searching for my first Asian Tour win for 10 years! Siddikur is too far ahead so I don`t know if I can catch him. He doesn`t make too many mistakes."
Asked what is holding him back from winning his first Asian tour title, he said: "Just nerves I think. I won small events but not just on the Asian Tour. I don`t know if it is a jinx but hopefully I will get a surprise win.
"At the beginning of the week, I was certainly thinking about my Asian Tour card. I`m here now at 10-under but halfway through yesterday`s round I made a double bogey and I thought to myself, `am I going to make the cut? I just need to make the cut`. That took a bit of pressure off when I made the weekend," said Park, who is currently 59th on the Order of Merit.