Sanderson Farms C’ship: Anirban Lahiri slips to tied-55th

Lahiri lies three-under after three rounds. Colombia’s Sebastian Mutoz takes a one-shot lead.

File Photo: Anirban Lahiri dropped a pair of double-bogeys in the third round.   -  AP

India’s Anirban Lahiri carded a two-over 74 to slip to tied-55th after the third round of the Sanderson Farms Championship here.

Lahiri, who carded 70 in the second round, dropped a pair of double-bogeys and two more bogeys, besides registering four birdies, to lie three-under after three rounds.

Colombia’s Sebastian Mutoz took a one-shot lead with a nine-under 63. He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole and saved par with a seven-foot putt at the end of his third round. He tallies 16-under 200. Carlos Ortiz, Mutoz’s college team-mate from North Texas, was one shot behind, carding 65.

Last week, Joaquin Niemann became the first player from Chile to win on the PGA Tour. Mutoz will try to become the first Colombian to win on the tour since Camilo Villegas.

The top four players are fighting for their first PGA Tour victory. That includes Byeong Hun An, the former U.S. Amateur champion who had a two-shot lead to start the third round. An shot 70.

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Australia’s Cameron Percy, who had to play 25 holes on Saturday because of weather delays in the opening round, had a 68 and was three shots back.

Nine players were separated by four shots — a group that includes Wyndham Championship winner J. T. Poston and South Korea’s Sungjae Im. Im, who was voted PGA Tour rookie of the year, is still looking for his first PGA Tour victory.

Madappa, Gangjee make the cut

At the 35th Shinhan Donghae Open in Incheon, South Korea, on Sunday, Viraj Madappa and Rahil Gangjee produced an improved performance in the final round to finish T-12th and T-18th respectively. Madappa carded 70 for a total of five-under, while Gangjee finished with 69 for a total of four-under. They were the only two Indians to make the cut.

South Africa’s Jbe Kruger ended his seven-year title drought on the Asian Tour by signing off with a six-under-par 65 to win the Shinhan Donghae Open by two shots.

Kruger has not won another Asian Tour title since his lone win in India in 2012. However, he showed he was ready to make his comeback to the winner’s circle with a commanding performance. He did not drop a single shot in his last 37 holes at the Bear’s Best Cheongna Golf Club.

Trailing overnight leader Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe by two shots, the South African made his move quickly with a birdie on the second hole, followed by another pair of birdies on holes seven and eight.

Korean-American Chan Kim matched Kruger’s final-round efforts with another 65 of his own to finish in outright second place. Vincent could not hold on to his overnight lead, slipping to third place after posting a 71.