TAKE Open: Gaurav Pratap Singh moves up after strong display

Gaurav Pratap Singh shot a four-under 68 in the third round to move up to tied-second in the TAKE Open golf championship, at the KGA course here on Friday.

Gaurav Pratap Singh in action during TAKE Open in Bengaluru.   -  K.Murali Kumar

Gaurav Pratap Singh shot a four-under 68 in the third round to move up to tied-second in the TAKE Open golf championship, at the KGA course here on Friday.

Gaurav, tied-eighth overnight, moved to within three stokers of the leader, S. Chikkarangappa. Keeping Gaurav company on nine-under 207 is Shubhankar Sharma.

Local lad Chikkarangappa (69, 67, 68), meanwhile, marched on. He extended his advantage on pole position with a third straight sub-par round. The 23-year-old started by carding birdies on his first three holes. A couple of erratic tee shots, however, resulted in bogeys on the fourth and ninth. Chikkarangappa consolidated his position with a strong show on the back-nine.

Chiragh Kumar, Bengaluru’s Rahil Gangjee and Sujjan Singh are in tied-fourth. Seasoned campaigner Jyoti Randhawa is tied-11th at five-under 211.