Mewat: Mukesh Kumar of Mhow fired a 68 and held on to his lead in round three of the PGTI Players Championship at the Classic Golf Resort here on Thursday.
Mukesh`s total stands at 13-under-203 after three rounds. Delhi`s Rashid Khan is a stroke behind in second place.
Mukesh Kumar (68-67-68) held on to his overnight lead after a solid round that featured six birdies and two bogeys. Mukesh was on fire on the front-nine as he sank four birdies.
The 47-year-old seasoned professional picked up his first birdie on the par-5 third where he found the green in two shots. He then landed his approach shots within seven feet to set up birdies on the sixth and eighth holes.
Mukesh chipped it within three feet to add another birdie on the ninth.
Mukesh had a comparatively quieter back-nine. He dropped bogeys on the 10th and 17th as a result of missing some short putts. His last two birdies of the day came on the 13th where he sank a 15-footer and on the 14th where he produced a magnificent chip shot that landed within a few inches of the pin.
Mukesh said, "It was a fabulous round. I converted most of the chances that came my way. I`ve been on top of my game through this week and want to continue in the same manner. The only disappointment was missing a couple of short putts towards the end. I`m expecting some tough competition from the likes of Rashid Khan and Shamim Khan in the final round."
Rashid Khan (66-70-68) also struck six birdies against two bogeys in his round of 68 that placed him second.
Shamim Khan (66-70-70), another Delhi golfer, brought in a card of 70 as a result of three birdies and a bogey to be placed third at 10-under-206.
Bangalore`s Chikkarangappa S is in fourth place at nine-under-207.