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Kapur best Indian at tied 30th in Sicilian Open

Sicily: Shiv Kapur found the fairways and greens in regulation with great accuracy to card a two-under 69 and move to the tied 30th spot after the third round of the Sicilian Open golf tournament.

Jeev Milkha Singh (73) was tied 55th, while SSP Chowrasia missed the cut by a shot with rounds of 75 and 71. Raphael Jacquelin will take a one-shot lead into the final round moving ahead of Anthony Wall in the closing stages of day three at the Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa.

Kapur had 12 of the 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation, but needed 31 putts during his 69. He had birdies on first, fourth and seventh, which made up for the double bogey on the par-three third. On the back nine, he bogeyed the 11th, but eagled the 16th to make it 69.

Jeev struggled on the first 10 holes with bogeys on second and eighth and then a double bogey on 10th. Birdies on 12th, 16th and 17th was some consolation but the bogey on 14th meant he was 73 for the day. Jacquelin and Wall had threatened to turn the event into a two-horse race when they pulled clear of the chasing pack.

However, both dropped shots down the stretch to leave the tournament wide open. Veteran Welshman Phillip Price and England`s Jamie Elson are tied for third on six-under. Price fired seven birdies and three bogeys in an eventful 67, while Elson birdied the 16th and 17th holes to vault up the leader-board.

Jacquelin`s bogey at the 16th was the only blemish in an otherwise faultless round of 69 for the Frenchman, who claimed his last European Tour victory at the 2007 BMW Asian Open.

PTI

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