Taipei: Rahil Gangjee shot a two-under 70 to move into tied sixth place on a very windy and difficult scoring day at the USD 650,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Saturday.
Gangjee, at one-under 215 is only three shots behind the leader, England's Steve Lewton (70). SSP Chowrasia (72-77-70) also carded 70 to move to tie 16th, while Jyoti Randhawa (75-72-73) went one-over 73 and was lying tied 18th after three rounds.
Gangjee is looking for a good finish in top-3 to give himself a chance to get into big-ticket CIMB Classic next month. Gangjee said,"It was a really windy day today. It was windier than the first two days but I thought I played quite solid. I hit it decent and I made a few more putts than I would normally make on these greens. You have to read the wind really accurately to play well here.
"The wind conditions are different at every hole. If you don't read well, you could end up very far away from the pin and it?s not something that you would want as the greens are very grainy here. You also need to putt well."
The ace golfer added,"This golf course demands your full attention so I will keep doing what I've been doing tomorrow and we will see how it goes. With how I have played in the past three rounds, I am aiming to finish top three or top four tomorrow as it could likely get me in for the CIMB Classic next month."
Filipino veteran Antonio Lascuna signed for a second straight 69 to move into a share of second place alongside overnight leader Adilson Da Silva of Brazil, who posted a 72, in the long-running Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which is celebrating its 28th edition.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters is the penultimate tournament for players to qualify for the CIMB Classic and WGC-HSBC Champions. As of October 20, the leading four golfers from the Order of Merit will earn starting places in the USD 8.5 million HSBC Champions while the leading 10 players will qualify for the USD 7 million CIMB Classic.