Chandigarh golfer Yuvraj Singh Sandhu produced a classy five-under 67 in round three of the IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf 2021 to take a two-shot lead at 15-under 201 thus emerging as the clear favourite for the title.
Sandhu (66-68-67), searching for his maiden win on the PGTI, came up with seven birdies and two bogeys on Friday at the Digboi Golf Links.
Om Prakash Chouhan (66-70-67), the six-time winner on the PGTI who hails from Mhow in Madhya Pradesh, also shot a third-round 67 to move up two spots to second place at 13-under 203 and be the closest challenger to the leader.
The 24-year-old Sandhu, the overnight leader by one shot, had a slow start to the day making pars on the first four holes before producing a flurry of birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh where he came up with some great wedge shots from a range of 80 to 120 yards.
Sandhu, a two-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour, then made his first three-putt of the week to concede a bogey on the eighth. He followed that up with another dropped shot on the 10th.
The 2019 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion Sandhu then made a crucial up-and-down from 20 yards on the 11th to pick up a shot and get his round back on track. He was then on a roll, sinking birdies on the 12th, 14th, and 15th where he made a couple of quality up and downs.
Chouhan, lying two off the lead in fourth place at the halfway stage, struggled with his hitting at the start of round three as he was one-over for the day till the fifth hole. However, Chouhan made amends with six birdies thereafter including three on the trot on the 15th, 16th, and 17th to get close to the leader. ‘
Bengaluru’s M Dharma sank five birdies and a bogey during his 68 to gain two spots and be placed tied third at 11-under 205. Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta, a former winner in Digboi, slipped one place to join Dharma in tied third following his round of 70 featuring four birdies and two bogeys. Gurugram’s Dhruv Sheoran carded a 68 to occupy a fifth place at 10-under 206.
The seasoned Mukesh Kumar of Mhow, who has a record six wins in Digboi, returned the day’s best score of seven-under 65 with eight birdies and a bogey. Mukesh’s brilliant round propelled him to tied sixth place at nine-under 207.