Golfer Shiv two strokes behind leader Meesawat in Royal Cup

File Photo : Shiv Kapur
IANS|30-Dec-2017 17:05

Pattaya (Thailand), Dec 30 : Indian golfer Shiv Kapur fell two shots behind Prom Meesawat of Thailand, while Gaganjeet Bhullar got a share of the third spot after the third and penultimate round of the $500,000 Royal Cup here on Saturday.

Shiv carded three-under 68 but fellow overnight leader Meesawat carded a five-under 66 to take his three-day total to 12-under 201 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.

Shiv carded a birdie at the 18th hole to keep things interesting going into Sunday. 

The 35-year-old, who was playing with Meesawat in the same group, kept within sight of the leader with pivotal birdies at the 12th in addition to the one at the last hole.

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"I played great today. He (Prom) didn't make many mistakes. He left the door opened once or twice, but I didn't capitalise on it. Every time I made a birdie, he seemed to make a birdie as well. He played a solid back nine and he seemed to pull away a bit," Shiv said in an Asian Tour release.

"He's a fantastic player and he's not going to hand me the tournament. I'm going to have to go out and work hard for it. With a birdie at the last hole, I have a better chance."

Meesawat kept his mistakes to a minimum and scored six birdies. He only had one bogey the entire round at the 15th, but it could have been much worse if not for a terrific bunker shot that landed five yards from the hole.

Shiv's compatriot Bhullar had a rather dramatic third round. He made six birdies, but it was slightly negated by two bogeys and an uncharacteristic double bogey at the par-four ninth. 

After a magnificent start, the Indian ground out his round towards the last few holes and signed for a 69 which took his total to six-under 207 -- same as young Thai golfer Poom Saksansin.

"It was a bit of a yo-yo round and there were lots of ups and downs during the day. But otherwise, I drove the ball well like I did the last two rounds, kept the ball in play at pretty much all the holes and I gave myself plenty of birdie opportunities. I made some par saves at the end but otherwise, it was a decent round," Bhullar said.

Khalin Joshi, who was joint fourth after the second round, moved down five places following an even-par 71, taking his total to 209.

Veteran Jyoti Randhawa was tied 38th on two-over 215 total after carding a 72 on the day.