Jaini back in reckoning in SAIL Open golf
New Delhi: Manav Jaini continued his love-affair with the Delhi Golf Club as he brought himself back into the reckoning with a stunning eight-under 64 that took him to 10-under 205 at the end of the third round of the
USD 300,000 SAIL Open golf.
Jaini, who came close to winning the Indian Open last December, is two shots behind the leader Bangladesh`s Siddikur (67).
While Jaini made the biggest move on the third day, another young Indian Ajeetesh Sandhu, 22, was only two shots off the lead.
Sandhu (68) shot his third straight round in the 60s and was 12-under 204 to Siddikur`s 14-under 202.
Despite Siddikur holding the lead, the Indian challenge for the title continued to be strong, with seven Indians in top 10.
Apart from second placed Sandhu, Jaini was tied fourth, and Gaganjeet Bhullar (72) and Anirban Lahiri (72) lurked closed in tied sixth and sole eighth.
Bhullar, the two-time winner on Asian Tour and winner of European Challenge Tour event in 2011, shot 72 to be eight-under 208 and Lahiri was seven-under 209.
Jyoti Randhawa, one of India`s most successful players on Asian Tour shot a 68 to be tied ninth along with two other Indians, his brother-in-law Digvijay Singh (68) and Shamim Khan (71).
Little known Sandhu is hoping to make amends this week after missing the halfway cut at the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year.
"My game has been solid the whole week. I played well on the first day and it has been smooth sailing from there. I`ve been solid from tee to green and my putting has been good because the greens are in excellent conditions. You are only
going to miss a putt if you miss read the greens," said Sandhu, who had three birdies and one bogey on either side of the course.
"I`m not thinking about winning. Never really thought about it or even looked at leader boards. I wanted to play my own game and that`s what I`m going to do again tomorrow. I played long enough to know that," he added.
Jaini had five birdies in his first eight holes, including a 15-footer on the second.
"I stayed in the moment and followed the routine and process. I am going to stay focused and not worry about the result," he said.
Siddikur, the man from Dhaka opened up a two-stroke lead going into the final round with a three-day total of 14-under-par 202.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand closed with a 69 after a bogey on the last hole. He shared second spot with India`s Ajeetesh Sandhu, who posted a 68 for a 204 total in the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGTI.
Siddikur, the first Bangladeshi to win on the Asian Tour, birdied the fifth hole before sinking an eagle three on the eighth hole from 12 feet. He went on to mix his card with four more birdies against two bogeys to stay in contention for a second Asian Tour win.
"It was a great day and I`m happy with how I finished. I`ve been hitting it really good this week and I need to maintain that on the last day if I want to win my second Asian Tour title," said the 25-year-old.
Since winning in the Brunei Open last season, Siddikur has been in fine form where he finished second at the 2010 Mercuries Taiwan Masters and placed fifth at the Hero Honda Indian Open, also held at the Delhi Golf Club last year.