A flawless back nine helped Jeev Milkha Singh card two-under 70 and rise to the tied ninth spot after the third and penultimate round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament on Saturday. The seasoned pro’s three-round total stood at six-under 210, five strokes off the pace.
The other Indians in the fray, Shiv Kapur (71) and SSP Chowrasia (70) also improved their positions by one spot each, rising to tied-46th with identical even-par totals.
Jeev, who led the pack on the opening day, started well, finding a birdie on the second hole but was back to par soon, dropping a bogey on the sixth. At even par at the turn, Jeev struck back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th to improve slightly. Kapur, on the other hand, managed two birdies against one dropped stroke.
Chowrasia, meanwhile, endured an eventful day. The Kolkata pro found four birdies and a couple of bogeys on Saturday. At the top of the leaderboard, it was a four-way tie between Spaniards Miguel Angel Jiminez (68) and Alvaro Quiros (67), Englishman Lee Westwood (68) and Thai Thongchai Jaidee (69). The quartet was tied on 11-under after three rounds.