Thai leads, Gangjee 10th
Not a very good day for Indians.other Updated: Mar 07, 2010 00:32 IST
Unheralded Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Briton Rhys Davies were tied for the lead after Saturday's third round at the storm-hit Malaysian Open.
World 231 Kiradech, who had to play the last four holes of his second round in the morning after a lightning delay caused havoc on Friday, carded a third round 68 as the pace-setters both holed out on 11-under-par 205. Welshman Davies, the world 135, had played out a second round 69 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway point before he slipped back following a 71 in the afternoon at the Asian and European Tour event.
South Korean KJ Choi's hot putter helped him close the gap with four birdies in the opening 10 holes as he fired a 69 which left him in a four-way tie for second, one stroke off the lead.
Gangjee placed 10th
Meanwhile, Rahil Gangjee rode on a blemish-free front-nine - studded with four birdies and an eagle - to turn in the day's best card of six-under 66 and grab a share of the 10th spot.
Gangjee's two-day total stood at seven-under 209 after he struck seven birdies and an eagle against a bogey and a double bogey.
Among other Indians, Gaganjeet Bhullar (70) and Kolkata-pro S.S.P Chowrasia (72) were the next best-placed at tied 25th with totals of three-under 213.
Arjun Atwal slipped to tied 44th. C Muniyappa was tied 56th, while Digvijay Singh was at tied 68th.
Jeev tied 29th despite late reverses
IANS adds from palm beach, florida: Jeev Milkha Singh made good progress despite late reverses in the second round of the Honda Classic golf here.
Jeev's bogey-free front nine, which included three birdies, saw him reach three-under with just three holes to go. But bogeys on the 16th and 17th saw him end the round at one-under 69 on the second day. The round helped him move up from tied 43rd to tied 29th.
Jeev has a two-day total of one-under 140. Also tied at same score with Jeev are Lee Westwood, the reigning Race to Dubai champion Rory McIlroy, both of whom also had even par 140. Colombian Camilo Villegas and American Anthony Kim share the lead with totals of eight-under 132.