Daniel Chopra lies seventh; Shubhankar 11th in Myanmar Open

Daniel Chopra gave himself a good shot at his first top-10 finish in a long time as he moved to tied-seventh at the end of the third round of USD 750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open here today.

Daniel Chopra

Chopra, with six birdies and three bogeys, shot three-under 68 to get to seven-under 206 and within four shots of the leader Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato (71).   -  Shanker Chakravarty

Daniel Chopra gave himself a good shot at his first top-10 finish in a long time as he moved to tied-seventh at the end of the third round of USD 750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open here today.

Chopra, with six birdies and three bogeys, shot three-under 68 to get to seven-under 206 and within four shots of the leader Japan’s Yusaku Miyazato (71).

India’s 19-year-old Shubhankar Sharma also put himself in line for another good finish as was tied-11th following a two-under 69 that took him to six-under 207. Shubhankar had five birdies against three bogeys and has a good chance of finishing inside top-10 after being tied-11th in Singapore last week.

Shiv Kapur (72) slipped to tied-18th. The other two Indians, who made the cut — Rahil Gangjee (76) and Jyoti Randhawa (77) — had a rough day and were tied-65th.

Miyazato, a three-time winner in Japan, fought hard to stay on top of the leaderboard on 11-under-par 202 as K.T. Kim of Korea trailed by one shot after holing a birdie on the 18th hole for a 68 at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club.

Miyazato, who led by three shots at the start of the day, sank a huge curling eagle putt on the par-five fourth hole to extend his lead before dropping his first bogey of the tournament on hole eight.

His only birdie came on the 14th hole, which was sandwiched between two bogeys.

A two-time PGA Tour winner, Chopra, who has since lost his PGA Tour card and plays on Asian Tour, once again had a lot of birdies, as many as six, but he also gave away three bogeys.

On the first day, too, he had six birdies and two bogeys.

Kim, a 13-time winner in Japan, was enjoying a hot run of five birdies in 12 holes before losing focus in the humidity as he bogeyed holes 13, 14 and 16.

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