India's Ashok Kumar came up with a superb seven-under-par 65 to jump into second spot in the $200,000 Myanmar Open in Yangon today.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:50 IST
New Delhi:India's Ashok Kumar came up with a superb seven-under-par 65 to jump into second spot behind favourite Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand after three rounds in the $200,000 Myanmar Open in Yangon today. Kumar recorded a three-day total of eight-under-par 208 to trail the title favourite by two shots at the Yangon Golf Club. He had ended the first day with a score of 75 before improving with a 68 in the second round. The 21-year-old Kumar, who turned pro two years back, shot up the leaderboard with eight birdies against a lone bogey and missed equalling the course record by a stroke. He rolled in several long putts, including a 30 footer on eight, a 20 footer on 10 and a 15-foot conversion on 17. A former caddie who grew up at the Delhi Golf Club, Kumar was taken under the wings of Amit Luthra, winner of the Asian Games gold medal in 1982. Among the other Indians, Arjun Singh was sharing the fifth spot with a total of 211 after recording scores of 71, 70 and 70 in the three rounds. Mukesh Kumar (70, 71, 74) was further behind in joint 14th place with a total of 215. (PTI)