Nordea Masters: S. S. P. Chawrasia moves to tied-11th

The Indian, at four-under 215, is and still in with a long shot at the top honours.

S. S. P. Chawrasia plays a shot from the fairway during day three of Nordea Masters on Saturday.   -  Getty Images

S. S. P. Chawrasia’s putter turned hot around the turn as he birdied four of the five holes and even moved into a share of the lead for a brief while in the third round of the Nordea Masters here on Saturday. But a part of that good work slipped out of his hands with two late bogeys on 16th and 18th at the Par-73 Barseback Golf and Country Club.

Yet, Chawrasia, at four-under 215, is tied-11th and still in with a long shot at the top honours. Current leaders Thorbjorn Olesen and Chris Wood were at nine-under, but had three more holes to play. The clubhouse leader was the in-form Alexander Levy (68) at five-under 214. Play was still on.

India’s other player in the field, Shiv Kapur also played a creditable two-under 71 to move to tied-20th at two-under 217. Kapur had three successive birdies from ninth to 11th and his lone bogey was on seventh.

Chawrasia, who has won the Hero Indian Open on European Tour last two years and in between won a title in the Philippines, played seven straight pars before holing two birdies. After a par on 10th, he birdied 11th and 12th, but sadly gave away two shots on 16th and 18th at the tough closing holes on the course.


“That hurt a lot,” said Chawrasia. “I was playing well and hitting well, but then that happened. Hopefully I can still make an early charge tomorrow.”

Olesen got hot around the turn to take a share of the lead as day three of the Nordea Masters moved towards its conclusion at Barseb Golf and Country Club. The Dane started the round four shots behind overnight leader Jamie Donaldson but while the Welshman reached the turn in level par to stay at eight under, Olesen eagled the ninth and birdied the 10th to join him after 11 holes.

England’s Chris Wood was then at seven under, a shot clear of Chawrasia, Frenchman Benjamin Hebert and Italian Renato Paratore.

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