Shinhan Donghae Open: Bhullar moves to tied 4th in Korea

At 11-under 202, Bhullar is five shots behind Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong who conjured another fine performance with a flawless five-under 66.

Bhullar is hopeful his power drives will surge him towards a grandstand finish as he goes in search of his sixth win on the Asian Tour this week.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar fired a bogey-free three-under 68 and rose to tied fourth at the end of the third round of the Shinhan Donghae Open here today. Bhullar, winner of five Asian Tour titles, the last of which came in 2013, logged one birdie on the front-nine and another in the last four holes.

At 11-under 202, Bhullar is five shots behind Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong who conjured another fine performance with a flawless five-under 66. Khalin Joshi (68-69-69) is tied 12th and Jyoti Randhawa (71-71-71) is tied 56th. Bhullar is hopeful his power drives will surge him towards a grandstand finish as he goes in search of his sixth win on the Asian Tour this week.

“I always think driving is one important aspect of the game and apart from that, it’s all about putting. And it all depends on whether you can give yourself opportunities inside 10-feet. The goal was to give myself more birdie opportunities and that’s what I did. I’ll try to repeat what I’ve been doing all week,” said Bhullar.

Thitiphun will head into the final round holding a two-shot advantage over Korea’s Taewoo Kim after he compiled a three-day total of 16-under 197 at the Bears Best Cheongna Golf Club. Asian Tour rookie Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe continued his sensational run with a 68 to take the outright third place while Bhullar was tied for fourth with Korea’s Byeonghun An and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger on 202 total.

Playing alongside An, who is the highest ranked player in the field this week, Thitiphun showed he is also an accomplished player in his own right. The Thai ran out in 32 with four birdies on holes two, four, six and nine before adding another on the par-four 11 to sign for a bogey-free 66. Defending champion An had a round to forget after he returned with a 70, marred by a double-bogey seven on 14.