Jeev rises to tied 5th, Atwal crashes out

Jeev Milkha Singh rose to tied fifth place before bad light left him stranded with four more holes to go in the third round.

updated: November 15, 2008 15:11 IST
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Jeev Milkha Singh rose to tied fifth place before bad light left him stranded with four more holes to go in the third round but compatriot Arjun Atwal was not equally lucky as the US-based Indian crashed out of the USD five million Barclays Singapore Open on Saturday.

The fourth hole bogey was the lone blot in an otherwise impeccable card as Jeev remained four-under after 14 holes before fading light dropped early curtains on the days proceedings.

Atwal (147) badly needed a sub-par card to hang around for weekend action but all he managed was an even-par 71 in the second round and missed the cut by just one stoke.

Jeev got off to a perfect birdie-birdie start before dropping a shot on the fourth hole. Two par shots later, the in-form Indian blasted an eagle to take the turn at three-under and picked up one more shot on the 12th to stay in hunt for a top finish.

Among his compatriots, veteran Gaurav Ghei, after rounds of 74 and 71, came up with a vastly improved show to rise to the provisional tied 13th place with three more holes to play in his sparkling third round.

A 10th tee starter, Ghei also began with back-to-back birdies and picked up a shot each on the 16th and 18th holes to go four-under. In his front nine, the Asian Tour regular did drop a shot on the third hole but more than made up with birdies on the fourth and sixth.

Jyoti Randhawa added a one-over 72 to his previous rounds of 75 and 69 to lie tied 38th at three-over 216.

Fellow European Tour regular Shiv Kapur was going four-over in aggregate when play was suspended, followed by SSP Chowrasia who will return to play the remaining 13 holes.

Apart from Atwal, other Indians who missed the cut included Himmat Rai (148), Amandeep Johl (149), Arjun Singh (149), Rahil Gangjee (152) and Anirban Lahiri (156).

Thailand's Chapchai Nirat surged into a two-stroke lead with a host of big names lurking when the third round was suspended.

The big-hitting Chapchai was irrepressible at Sentosa Golf Club where he negotiated 12 holes in five-under-par, highlighted by three birdies and a stunning eagle when he holed out a stunning approach from the fairway at the 11th hole.