Gujarat Open Golf C’Ship: Dharma, Ranjit and Kapil tied at top after penultimate round

Bengaluru’s M. Dharma, Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh and Kapil Kumar of Delhi were in a three-way tie for the lead after the third day of the Gujarat Open Golf Championship here on Thursday.

The trio were placed at 10-under 206 at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club as the tournament is headed for a fascinated finish.

Karandeep Kochhar, another Chandigarh golfer and Delhiโ€™s Arjun Prasad were two strokes adrift of the joint leaders in tied fourth place at the Rs. 40 lakh event.

M Dharma (72-69-65) struck the dayโ€™s best score of seven-under 65 to gain 12 spots on the leaderboard. Dharmaโ€™s putter was on fire early on as he sank some long putts to pick up an eagle and five birdies on the first 10 holes.

Dharma, a two-time winner on the PGTI, then endured a tough stretch when he double-bogeyed the 13th after finding the hazard and missed a short birdie putt on the 14th. However, he regained his touch with birdies on the 15th and 17th.

The seasoned Ranjit Singh (70-68-68), looking for his first title, moved up three places with his second successive 68 on Thursday.

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Ranjit had a quiet front-nine with a birdie and a bogey but made a move on the back-nine with five birdies and a bogey. He capped his round with an outstanding approach on the 18th that landed within a couple of feet of the flag.

Kapil Kumar (68-67-71), who was overnight second and two off the lead, kept himself in the hunt for his maiden title with a 71 riding on his good driving and putting form. Kapilโ€™s three birdies included some quality chip-putts. He also dropped two bogeys.

Karandeep Kochhar (64-75-69), who returned a 75 in round two, came back into contention with a 69 on day three.

Arjun Prasad (73-65-70) carded a 70 on Thursday to continue in tied fourth place at eight-under 208.

Round two leader Tapy Ghai of Delhi shot a 76 to drop to tied sixth place at seven-under 209.

Among the Gujarat-based golfers, Anshul Patel (73-70-72) was the highest-placed as he occupied tied 18th at one-under 215. The other two local golfers Varun Parikh (one-over 217) and Shravan Desai (eight-over 224) were placed tied 23rd and tied 37th respectively.

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