Jyoti Randhawa, without a title since his Volvo Masters win in December 2005, showed he was ready to strike again as he moved within two shots of leader Anton Haig of South Africa in the inaugural USD 300,000 Pulai Springs Malaysian Masters here on Saturday.
Randhawa, placed joint second, was powered by an eagle on the short par-5 fourth holes. He also had five birdies and one bogey in a solid round of six-under 66 which carried him to 16-under 200 and brought him close to Haig, who shot a three-under-par 69 for the third round lead at the Pulai Springs Resort.
Haig, 24, has a three-day total of 18-under-par 198.
Shiv Kapur fired his third straight 68 and at 12-under he was tied 11th with fellow Indian Gaurav Ghei (67). Digvijay Singh (71) and Gurbaaz Mann (69) were tied 31st at nine-under while SSP Chowrasia (73) was tied 48th at five-under.
"The eagle was great. I used a driver and a lob wedge and holed it from 20 feet out and that got me going with a birdie in the next hole," said Randhawa, second on the all-time Money List for Asian Tour.
"I am beginning to believe in what I'm doing and as long as I stick to the game plan on the mental side, I am on the right track."
Randhawa has been playing on the European Tour this season and has already secured his full card for 2007 in Europe.
Randhawa was sharing the second spot alongside Thailand's Chapchai Nirat who carded a 70 and Chinese Taipei veteran Lin Chie-hsiang (63).