Honey Baisoya holds four-shot lead heading into final round of J&K Open

Honey Baisoya holds four-shot lead heading into final round of J&K Open

Honey Baisoya put himself in a strong position to win his seventh PGTI title after the third round of 66 gave him a four-shot advantage going into the final round of the J&K Open.

The 25-year-old Baisoya has played error-free golf for the first three days of the tournament, not having dropped a single bogey.

Delhi’s Baisoya, who was struggling with his form for most of the season, is looking for a turnaround in fortune, and after super splendid three days at the scenic Royal Springs Golf Course, his total moved to 14-under 202 at the Rs. 40 lakh PGTI event.

Rookie Kartik Sharma produced the day’s lowest score of 65 to take a leap of 15 spots to tied second at 10-under 206.

Angad Cheema of Panchkula fired a 66 to gain ten spots and end the day in a share for second place along with Kartik and Ahmedabad’s Shravan Desai, who struck a 69 on Friday.

Honey Baisoya
Honey Baisoya

Honey Baisoya, whose last win came in 2018 said, I’ve not played well in a while so I was nervous from the start of this event. But I’ve been hitting my 2-iron well and that helped set up a lot of opportunities for me. I made 17 greens in regulation today and 16 each on the first two days.”

“My new putter has also helped my scoring. I missed the cut last week because of my poor putting so I’m glad that I changed my putter just a day prior to this week’s event.”

Khalin Joshi and Rashid Khan
Khalin Joshi and Rashid Khan

Delhi’s Rashid Khan, Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi and Karnal’s Mani Ram were tied fifth place at nine-under 207.

Pune-based Olympian Udayan Mane and Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat were a further stroke back in tied eighth position.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh and Delhi-based Kshitij Naveed Kaul were in a share of 13th place at six-under 210.

Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa, the last winner at Royal Springs Golf Course, was tied 26th at two-under 214.

The 8-time Asian Tour champion Jyoti Randhawa finished his third-day campaign at the tied-37th position.

Posted on: 2021 Sep 18 Sat
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