Jeev makes a smart upward move in Seoul

Seoul: Jeev Milkha Singh turned in a strong finish with two birdies in last three holes to card a four-under 68 that saw him make a smart move up from 49th to 29th place at the end of the third round of the Ballantine`s Championships golf.

However, the other two Indians who made the cut, Anirban Lahiri (71) and Digvijay Singh (78) slipped down.

Jeev after a par-par start birdied three of the next five holes but a bogey on eighth set him back. He birdied 12th but gave that back on 13th, before finding two more birdies on 16th and 18th for a 68. Lahiri birdied the second, third and seventh and was three-under through 10 holes. He then ran into trouble with a double bogey on 11th, but a birdie on 14th served him well.

However, he dropped a shot on 18th and ended at 71 to be one-under through 54 holes and in tied 35th place.

Digvijay had a nightmare in the middle of the round when he triple bogeyed the ninth and tenth holes and ended at 78 to be five-over for three rounds and tied 68th.

Austria`s Bernd Wiesberger broke free of the chasing pack when he signed for a seven-under-par 65 to take the third round lead. Wiesberger, who held the overnight lead, extended his advantage to five with his three-day total of 14-under-par 202 at the 2,205,000 euros Ballantine`s Championship, which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korea PGA.

The 2010 Ballantine`s Championship winner Marcus Fraser of Australia posted a 69 to take second place on 207 while England`s Oliver Fisher and Chile`s Felipe Aguilar are tied for third on matching 208. Kiradech Aphibarnrat turned the spotlight to Thailand when he charged back into contention with a 65 to become the highest placed Asian in tied-seventh alongside Scotland`s Richie Ramsay, England`s David Howell and Sweden`s Alexander Noren.

Wiesberger, who is seeking his maiden Tour victory this week, showed composure as he shrugged off the pressure from his closest rivals to post a flawless 65 at the Blackstone Golf Club.

PTI

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