Jeev slips as Howell charges
After his stellar start at the Irish Open on Thursday, India’s Jeev Milkha fell short of matching the eight-under par 63 which put in tied second-place with Denmark’s Soren Hansen at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Saturday.other Updated: Jul 31, 2011 00:35 IST
After his stellar start at the Irish Open on Thursday, India’s Jeev Milkha fell short of matching the eight-under par 63 which put in tied second-place with Denmark’s Soren Hansen at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Saturday.
Jeev fired a 74 to finish tied 16th in the third round of play with overnight leader Marcel Siem of Germany’s lead being challenged by England’s David Howell who romped his way into contention for a first victory in the event in five years.
The 282-ranked former Ryder Cup player hit seven birdies without a bogey during the third round — enough for a score of seven-under 64 that set the early clubhouse target of 11-under.
Howell’s playing partner, US Open champion Rory McIlroy, was in danger of slipping out of contention for the title after a miserable front nine in his third round. His chances suffered a blow when he double-bogeyed the opening hole in windy conditions to finish with a 72.
Gangjee, Chopra t34 at nationwide
A steady 69 ensured Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee stay on course for the weekend at tied 34th with Daniel Chopra at the Utah Championships on the Nationwide Tour for golf.
The Indian, playing in his rookie year had two bogeys against four birdies, two on either side of the course.
Gangjee, however, dropped from his overnight 26th to 34th.
Chopra, who was lying way down in 102nd place, shot a brilliant 65 to join Gangjee in the 34th place.
JJ Killeen continued to hold the lead after a 67 in second round. He leads by one over Jeff Gove who shot a 62.
Atwal misses cut at Greenbrier
Arjun Atwal was unable to come up with a sub-par card and missed the cut at the Greenbrier Classic golf tournament on the PGA Tour in White Sulphur Spring, USA.
Atwal, who carded 72 on first day and needed a sub-par round to make the weekend, turned in a disappointing 75 and crashed out at the Old White TPC Course yesterday. The cut came at one over.
Atwal will play next week at the WGC and then the PGA Championships next month.
Among those failing to advance to weekend play were Phil Mickelson, whose streak of making 17 straight cuts ended.