Chawrasia’s 65 pushes him up to 18th in Denmark; Lahiri slips to Tied-37 at Schwab

Chawrasia, winner of four European Tour titles, has been going through a slump on the European Tour for past two years, but on Sunday he showed that he might be finding his form once again.

SSP Chawrasia, winner of four European Tour titles, played his best round on the European Tour since November 2017.   -  Getty Images

India’s SSP Chawrasia played his best round on the European Tour since November 2017 as he carded a bogey-free six-under 65 to rise to Tied-18th at the end of the Made in Denmark, presented by FREJA.

Chawrasia, winner of four European Tour titles, has been going through a slump on the European Tour for past two years, but on Sunday he showed that he might be finding his form once again.

The last time Chawrasia recorded a 65 on an European Tour event was in Hong Kong Open in November 2017 and last year he shot 65 in the second round of Take Solutions Masters on Asian Tour.

Chawrasia, who twice gave away four shots in first four holes of the tournament and then again had four bogeys in a row at the start of the third round, said, “I have been hitting well, but making too many three-putts and missing makeable putts. Today I hit the ball close enough and also holed many putts. Hopefully I can carry the positives of this round further.”

Chawrasia will now play the Belgian Knock Out next week.

Lahiri slips at Schwab

Anirban Lahiri finished at two-over 72 and a total of one-over 211 to slip to Tied-37th after the penultimate round of the Charles Schwab Challenge.

He continued to have trouble with putts between 10 and 15 feet as he failed to convert no less than six in that zone, besides another one less than seven feet in the third round.

Kevin Na settled for a one-under 69 a day after shooting 62 and at nine-under he is in lead.

Right behind him there are four players, including the local favorite Jordan Spieth and Jim Furyk, the 2003 US Open champion who hasn’t won in four years.

Anirban Lahiri plays a shot.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

There was also C T Pan, who broke through for a maiden win recently at RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, and Tony Finau, who has been looking to add to his sole win in 2016 in Puerto Rico.

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Lahiri hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation during his third round. He birdied just once on second and dropped three bogeys on sixth, seventh and 17th.

The 49-year-old Furyk, who has just one of his 17 PGA TOUR victories in the past nine years, was second at the Players Championship in March.

This year has been terrific for him. Furyk, winless since 2015 at Hilton Head. He matched the 68 from Spieth, whose last victory was the 2017 British Open. Pan also shot 68 while Finau carded 71 to be seven-under.

Defending champion Justin Rose, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 3, shot his second 74 in three rounds and is 5 over.

Second-round leader Jonas Blixt shot 74 and is four shots back.

The best rounds came from players with earlier tee times. Mackenzie Hughes shot 65 to join Spieth, Furyk and company. Charley Hoffman had the day’s best round at 7-under 63 and was tied at 6 under with Austin Cook, who shot 65.