Om Prakash Chouhan, Manu Gandas share lead going into final round in Ahmedabad
→ Om Prakash Chouhan climbs up the table after a brilliant eight-under-64
→ Manu Gandas shot a determined five-under-67 to share the lead
→The duo held the joint third round lead at 12-under-132
Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, who led for three days at last week’s event in Ahmedabad before finally finishing third, is back in contention this week thanks to his standout performance on Thursday. Chouhan smashed a super eight-under-64 to climb up the table and shared the top spot with Manu Gandas.
Manu Gandas, on the other hand, shot a determined five-under-67, as the duo held the joint third-round lead at 12-under-132, three shots ahead of the rest, at the Glade One Masters 2021 being played at the Glade One Golf Resort in Ahmedabad.
Panchkula’s Angad Cheema also fired a brilliant seven-under-65 to lie third at nine-under-135.
Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa, the winner on the PGTI last week, carded a 67 to be placed tied fourth at six-under-138, along with Yuvraj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh, who slipped two spots from his overnight second after returning a 72 on Thursday.
After carding a brilliant 8-under, the 34-year-old Chouhan said, “I was hitting my wedges really well from the start but on the back-nine, my putting also began to click. The eagle was special as I read the yardage perfectly and executed the shot as I had planned.
Manu Gandas (35-30-67), the overnight leader by one shot, mixed six birdies with a bogey in round three. Gandas made three long birdie conversions from a range of 10 to 25 feet. He was five-under through 14 holes but couldn’t make further gains on the last four holes.
Gandas said, “Importantly, I kept the momentum going today and didn’t really make any errors besides one three-putt for bogey on the 10th. It’s now necessary to just repeat the process that I have in place during the last round.”
Delhi’s Rashid Khan and rookie Harshjeet Singh Sethi, another Delhi-based golfer, posted scores of 66 to be tied sixth at five-under-139 along with PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar (67) of Chandigarh, Bengaluru’s M Dharma (68), and Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat (69).
Pune-based Udayan Mane, India’s highest-ranked golfer in the world shot a 75 to be tied 41st at four-over-148.