Chadha leads Muniyappa by two strokes

Firing four birdies each on either side of the turn, Chandigarh-based Chadha more than made up for his lone bogey on the sixth hole. His three-round aggregate of 13-under 203 saw him push C. Muniyappa to the second spot for the first time in the competition.

Abhijit Singh Chadha... moving ahead.   -  R. V. Moorthy

Aided by some fine putting, Abhijit Singh Chadha emerged as the front-runner for the BILT Open golf title after taking a two-stroke lead following a brilliant card of seven-under 65 in the penultimate round at the Classic Golf and Country Club at Gurgaon on Thursday.

Firing four birdies each on either side of the turn, Chandigarh-based Chadha more than made up for his lone bogey on the sixth hole. His three-round aggregate of 13-under 203 saw him push C. Muniyappa to the second spot for the first time in the competition.

Muniyappa, leader on the first day and joint-leader on the second, returned a second successive card of 71. Defending champion Anura Rohana, the other overnight leader, could only manage a 73 and shared the third spot with Om Prakash Chouhan, two shots behind Muniyappa.

“I made some good up-and-down (putts) today including two from the bunker. I felt the conditions were more suitable for scoring today as the greens play easier in the first half of the day. I’ve been playing really good golf since last week, thanks to some of the changes that I’ve made to my game. I changed my swing during the mid-season break and also worked on my balance and posture. The changes have helped me in my ball-striking and putting,” said Chadha.

The scores:

Abhijit Singh Chadha (68, 70, 65) 203; C. Muniyappa (63, 71, 71) 205; Om Prakash Chouhan (70, 71, 66), Anura Rohana (SL) (69, 65, 73) 207; Deepinder Singh Kullar (69, 70, 69), Sudhir Sharma (68, 70, 70), Shankar Das (71, 66, 71) 208; Udayan Mane (72,71, 66), Arjun Singh (66, 71, 72) 209; Abhinav Lohan (71, 69, 70) 210; Ajeetesh Sandhu (73, 72, 66), Shamim Khan (67, 74, 70) 211; Ankur Chadha (A) (70, 74, 68) and Karan Taunk (74, 67, 71) 212.