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Tight race for title on final day

THE ASIAN AGE. | DANIEL CHOPRA
Published : Mar 11, 2018, 12:14 am IST
Updated : Mar 11, 2018, 12:14 am IST

A win for Shubhankar would be awesome for the young lad, who has wowed the world in the past few months.

(Representational image)
 (Representational image)

It might seem as the DLF Golf Course was striking back after yielding some low scores on the first two days. If Emiliano Grillo shot 65 on the first day and Shubhankar Sharma replied with a 64 on second, the DLF course allowed only Stephen Gallacher to get anywhere closer with a 67 in the third round of the Hero Indian Open.

While Gallacher, whose last two wins came in Dubai in 2013 and 2014, moves up to third, the lead is shared by India’s own Shubhankar and Matt Wallace (70). The two are at seven-under, while Gallacher is at six-under.

Three players, led by leader of the first two rounds, Emiliano Grillo (78), Matthias Schwab (68) and Andrew Johnston (73) are at five-under and they are all in with a shot at the title on a course, where the battle will not be over till the very last. For good measure, there are two more players, including the talented Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal (74) and American Sihwan Kim (72) four-under, and three others, Paul Peterson (73), Ricardo Gouveia (71) and Aaron Rai (69) are at three-under. So with so many players within four shots of the lead, it is going to be a tight fight to the finish. A win for Shubhankar would be awesome for the young lad, who has wowed the world in the past few months. The win will also likely push him into the top-50 of the world and his invite to the Masters would look even more justified, not that there were any doubts about it.

A win for Shubhankar would also mean a fourth successive year that the title has stayed in India after Anirban Lahiri (2015), S.S.P. Chawrasia (2016 and 2017). It would indeed a big huge fillip for Indian golf as Indians stamp their presence on Asian, European and world stage.

The tees were moved back on certain holes and the pins were quite challenging and I am keen to see if it is going to be the same on Sunday and how the players adjust to it.

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