Jyoti Randhawa produced a 3 under 68 in the penultimate round of the 10th Tata Open to establish a three-stroke lead today.
The 39-year-old international fired 9 under 204 after the third round.
Sri Lankan Mithun Pereira fired a third successive 69 to end the day in second spot at six under 207.
After the cut was made at three over 145 on Friday, the field was restricted to 51 professionals and one amateur.
On Saturday the entire field played nine holes each on both the courses of Beldih and Golmuri. While one half of the field teed off from Beldih, the other half began its round from Golmuri.
Twenty-seven golfers with the best scores at the end of round two teed off from Golmuri and finished at Beldih. The par for the combined courses was 71. This format will also be followed in the final round on Sunday.
Randhawa (71-65-68) climbed from overnight second position to the top of the leaderboard as a result of his bogey-free 68.
The former Asia no. 1 picked up his first birdie of the day on the second hole.
He then made a good up and down for birdie on the 12th. Randhawa, playing in Jamshedpur for the first time, added another birdie on the 13th where he landed his approach shot within four feet of the pin. Jyoti did not drop a single stroke in the round thanks to his accurate hitting and consistent putting.
Mithun Pereira’s (69-69-69) 2 under 69 on Saturday propelled him from overnight tied fifth to second place. The Colombo-based professional made two birdies in round three including one on the fifth that came as a result of a chip-in from the edge.
Pereira is the only player in the field besides Jyoti Randhawa who has shot three under par scores.
Vinod Kumar’s (68-76-64) seven under 64 was the best score of round three. Vinod is now placed in tied third at five under 208 along with Vijay Kumar (71-70-67), Gurbaaz Mann (69-71-68), Vikrant Chopra (67-72-69) and Vivek Bhandari (70-65-73).
Jamshedpur-based amateur Karan Taunk (75-69-70) is in tied 28th place at one over 214.
Tata Open: Randhawa Establishes Three Stroke Lead
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