Kolkata, Nov 27, : Kshitij Naveed (69-65 70) held a slim one-shot lead into Saturday’s Final round of the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship 2021.This was after his determined two-under 70.There was daylight between the top three finalists – Kaul, Angad and Ankur Cheema – and the rest of field at the end round three of the Rs.40 lakh event
Kaul, a 20-year-old, was two shots ahead of the leader.He shot three birdies and one bogey to make his total 12-under 204.Panchkula’s Cheema (68–68–69), who was second overnight, reduced the gap to one shot between him and the leader after his round of 69 which featured four birdies.
Gurugram’s Chadha (68–69-69-69), third at the halfway stage, also carded a 69 punctuated with five birdies, two bogeys and a bogey to keep himself in contention.Chadha will be trying to win his maiden title, while Cheema and Kaul are pursuing their second titles.
Kaul made a steady start to the PGTI in 2019.He won the 2019 PGTI on day three, making pars every hole until the 12th.
A mistake in club selection led to a bogey on 13th.However, he came back strong with birdies on the 14th and 15th thanks to his precise approach shots.
Cheema, who was the winner of his first title in 2013, was also slow to the course on Saturday.He made a three-putt for a bogey on sixth, before grabbing his first birdie on the 10th.
He continued to keep pace with the leader, adding three more birdies on 16th, 15th, and 17th.He also drained some clutch putts in a range of eight- to nine feet.
Chadha was a one-over through the front nine, but he rallied with four birdies in the back nine to keep him in contention for the title.Sunit Chowrasia (71) was tied fourth at six under 210.Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (72) from Chandigarh was last week’s winner and tied fourth.Arjun Sharma, Greater Noida’s resident, returned the best card of the day, 67, to be placed 15th at 2-under 214.At four-over 220, the 32nd place was shared by Mithun Perera (73-774-74) from Sri Lanka.
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