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Haryana Open golf: Akshay Sharma shoots week’s lowest score for two-stroke lead on penultimate day

Haryana Open golf: Akshay Sharma shoots week’s lowest score for two-stroke lead on penultimate day

Panchkula (Haryana), Oct 26 (SocialNews.XYZ) Local golfers dominated day three as Chandigarh’s Akshay Sharma shot the week’s lowest score of seven-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead at a total of 15-under 201 while Jairaj Singh Sandhu (68), another Chandigarh-based professional, occupied second place, at the INR 1 crore Haryana Open 2023 at the Panchkula Golf Club.

The DLF Golf & Country Club duo of Honey Baisoya (66) and Abhinav Lohan (69) were also contenders heading into round four as they sat in joint third position at 12-under 204.


Yuvraj Singh Sandhu in sixth place at 10-under 206 and Angad Cheema in tied 10th at eight-under 208 were the other two Chandigarh players in the top-10.

PGTI Ranking leader Om Prakash Chouhan (71) was tied for 10th too.

Kolkata’s Shankar Das made a hole-in-one on the second hole during his round of 71. He was placed tied 30th at three-under 213.

Umed Kumar was placed higher among the two amateurs who made the cut. He was tied 47th at two-over 218.

Akshay Sharma (68-68-65), who won the last of his two titles at Panchkula Golf Club back in 2020, used the good memories from that win to his advantage on Friday. 

The 33-year-old Akshay made a slow start with three pars and a bogey on his first four holes before picking up the pace with three birdies. His second bogey of the day on the ninth was his last error.

Sharma, currently eighth on the PGTI’s money list with two runner-up finishes in the last three events, was on fire on the back nine as he picked up six birdies to move into the sole lead. On day three Akshay made six conversions from a range of 10 to 25 feet.

Akshay, who moved up two spots from his overnight third place, said, “I wasn’t happy with my short game yesterday but today it was my chipping and putting that stood out. I made 24 putts in all. Besides the long-range putts including two from the fringe, I also landed a few chips very close to the pin.

The 26-year-old left-hander Jairaj Singh Sandhu (66-69-68), the joint halfway leader, made a brilliant start with a 30-feet birdie conversion on the second and an eagle-two on the third where he holed it from 40 yards. 

Jairaj, looking for his maiden title, added another birdie on the ninth but then had a contrasting back-nine with three birdies and three bogeys.

Source: IANS

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