Khalin Joshi
Khalin Joshi

Khalin Joshi logs day’s best card, joins Siddikur at numero uno spot

ANI | Updated: Oct 27, 2018 23:28 IST

New Delhi [India], Oct 27 (ANI): India’s Khalin Joshi recorded the best third round score of eight-under-64 at the Panasonic Open India to be on the cusp of winning of his first Asian Tour title.
Joshi’s exceptional effort at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC) on Saturday raised Indian hopes as he joined Bangladesh’s Md Siddikur Rahman (70) at the top of the leaderboard at 13-under-203.
There was a strong Indian presence in the top-5 as Ajeetesh Sandhu continued to be one off the lead in third place after he delivered a 70 in round three. Meanwhile, Aman Raj struck a second successive 68 to occupy fifth place at 10-under-206.
Sachin Baisoya (67) and M Dharma (70) were both tied for sixth at nine-under-207, thus making it five Indians in the top-10.
Khalin Joshi (71-68-64), a two-time runner-up on the Asian Tour, has improved on his scores with every round at the DGC this week. Round three was no different as he rose 14 spots from his overnight tied 15th.
Joshi, who has two top-10s on the Asian Tour this season, accumulated six birdies on the first 11 holes on day three to rapidly rise into contention. He dropped his only bogey of the day on the 13th but came roaring back with three more birdies on the last five holes.
Khalin, a three-time winner on the PGTI, said, “I hit it pretty well of the tee and the putting was also good, so overall the game is in good shape. I’m happy with the way I’m playing.
“I think the putt I made on the 11th was 15-17 Feet. Other than that all my putts were within 10 feet. The birdie on the 18th was also one of the better ones. After a poor approach I made a great chip that just lipped out about 2 feet.
“I have always struggled to hit fairways with the driver here at the DGC. But I have worked on my driving. I’m hitting drivers on a few holes this year. At the moment, I’m comfortable with my swing and the way I’m playing. I have a fair chance on Sunday and hopefully tomorrow I will be up there throughout the game.”
Siddikur Rahman (67-66-70), the overnight joint leader, began his day with birdies on the first three holes but couldn’t carry forward the momentum as he slipped with bogeys on the fourth and ninth and could manage only one birdie thereafter on the 11th.
Ajeetesh Sandhu (67-67-70) held on to his third position after a steady 70 that featured three birdies and a bogey. Sandhu will now be looking for his second Asian Tour title and first on home soil. Defending champion Shiv Kapur, former champion Chiragh Kumar, Tapy Ghai, Chikkarangappa and Jyoti Randhawa were all in tied 17th at five-under-211.
Jyoti Randhawa sank a hole-in-one on the 12th during his round of 67. Jeev Milkha Singh slipped from overnight tied sixth to tied 24th after his 75 in round three. His total read four-under-212. (ANI)