Indonesia's Rory Hie once again emerged as the leader as he kept his lead for the third running day after he carded a six-under 66 in round three of the Gurugram Challenge.
Rory, who won his maiden Asian Tour title in 2019 at the same venue, maintained his one-shot lead heading into the final round of the PGTI-ADT co-sanctioned US$ 75,000 prize money event.
Dodge Kemmer of America fired a second-straight six-under 66 to remain in contention at the challenging Classic Golf & Country Club in Gurugram.
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Abhijit Singh Chadha was the highest-placed Indian at the end of day three, tied third after he too returned a 66 that took his total to 16-under 200.
Chanat Sakulpolaphasian of Thailand (66-67-67) carded a 67 to share third place with Chadha. Chanat Sakulpolaphasian mixed six birdies and a bogey to join Abhijit in tied third.
The young gun Kartik Sharma shot the day's best score, an outstanding eight-under 64, to move up 19 spots to the fifth place at 14-under 202.
Kartik, like Rory, made two chip-ins on Thursday, one for a birdie on the second and the other for an eagle-two on the 15th, where he holed it from 40 yards.
The 33-year-old Hie smashed six birdies and an eagle against two bogeys to reach 18-under 198. While Kemmer had five birdies and an eagle against a single bogey to remain in second place with 18 holes game to go.
India’s Abhijit Singh Chadha began well with four birdies on the first five holes. Chadha then lost some momentum with three bogeys in quick succession but bounced back well on the back-nine with five birdies to score his second-straight six-under 66.
Three golfers, including two Indians, Manu Gandas and Khalin Joshi, along with Joshua Grenville-wood, were tied for fifth place at 13-under 203.
Posted on: 2022 Mar 31 Thu