INDIA’S Gaganjeet Bhullar has set himself up nicely for a top-10 finish in the CIMB Classic with a third round score of six-under 65 for a three-day total of 202.
He is the best Asian Tour player after three rounds and in good form to take his scores a little lower for a grand finish in the US$6.1mil event at the Mines Resort and Golf Club..
He is tied at 10th spot with Tiger Woods, Jeff Overton, Ben Crane and Kevin Na – five strokes adrift of the joint leaders Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus, who are 16-under 197.
Gaganjeet also shot a six-under 65 on the opening day before blowing up on Friday with a one-over 72.
But he was in good nick yesterday, scoring seven birdies and just one bogey.
He reeled off four birdies on the front nine at the second, sixth, eighth and ninth holes.
He also had birdies in the 10th, 11th and 15th, with a lone bogey at the 12th being the only blemish.
“Yes it was a good outing today (yesterday) as I made fewer errors. I told myself that I had to do the same thing that I did in the first round just before the start,” he said.
“Basically the strategy was quite simple. It was 14 fairways and 18 greens in regulation and I stuck to that.”
Asian No. 1 Thaworn Wiratchant, who endured a rollercoaster three-under 68 in the third round, knows he’ll need a big finish today to get into the top-10.
The Thai veteran shot six birdies against three bogeys as he struggled to find any momentum in the sweltering heat at the Mines Resort and Golf Club, ending the day in equal 25th position.
“I don’t know ... I kept making birdies and then bogeys. Missed some shots and some were difficult to stop. Conditions were good but it is too hot. I made some bogeys with some poor drives into the jungle,” he said.