Gangjee rallies on second nine to shoot even par in Japan

Rahil Gangjee now has rounds of 71-72-71 and at one-over for 54 holes he is Tied-49th in only his second event in Japan in 2020.

Rahil Gangjee started from the 10th in his first eight holes but on his second nine Gangjee found three birdies and dropped no more shots to get back to even par (File Photo).   -  Shreedutta Chidananda

Rahil Gangjee staged a superb comeback on his back-nine to card an even par 71 in the third round of the Dunlop Phoenix Open in Miyazaki.

Gangjee now has rounds of 71-72-71 and at one-over for 54 holes he is Tied-49th in only his second event in Japan in 2020. Almost 20 events have been cancelled in Japan this year due to the pandemic.

Gangjee started from the 10th in his first eight holes but on his second nine, the front side of the Phoenix Country Club, Gangjee found three birdies and dropped no more shots to get back to even par.

“I began finding my rhythm finally in the second nine and also putted well and made no three-putts,” said Gangjee.

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Former world number one Amateur, Takumi Kanaya, playing only his fourth event as a Pro, is once again in contention as he shot a third straight round in 60s and moved into sole third place.

Kanaya is one shot behind co-leaders, Tomoharu Otsuki (66) and Tomohiro Ishizaka (68), who are both at 11-under.

After a 68 in the first round, he was T-12 and then with a 66 moved to T-2 after the second round and is now third after 68 in the third round.

Kanaya, winner of the 2018 Asia-Pacific Amateurs, has as an amateur won the 2019 Taiheiyo Masters, finished second at 2017 Japan Open and been third at 2019 Australian Open.

“This is my first year as a pro, so most of the courses are first time for me. So, it takes a while for me to adjust to the touch on yardages and feeling on the courses. I cannot get adapted to the course on my 1st round,” Kanaya said.