Bhullarall set to grab AIS Golf Open title

Gurgaon, Sep 12 (UNI) Gaganjeet Bhullar is all set to seal his first professional win as he shot an outstanding bogey-free six under 66 in the third round to establish a commanding five stroke lead in the AIS Golf Open 2008 at the Golden Greens golf course here today.

The Kapurthala golfer's total now stands at 17 under 199.

Rahul Ganapathy is in the second place at 12 under 204 while Ashok Kumar and Feroz Ali Mollah are a further three strokes behind in tied third.

However, Chandigarh's Ajeetesh Sandhu recorded the best round of the day when he shot an eight under 64.

Bhullar's (70, 63, 66) third round of six under 66 saw him make six birdies. He picked up his first two birdies on the second and third holes. Thereafter he made pars all the way till the 11th before coming up with an amazing run of four consecutive birdies from the 12th to the 15th.

Bhullar hit a great tee shot on the par three third hole.

His eight iron tee shot on this hole landed less than a foot away from the pin.

''I've been performing really well this week because not only am I in great hitting form but am also doing exceptionally well with the putter. I have recently changed my driver and also started using a new putter. I think these changes have helped.

''Besides I'm hitting all the fairways and making a high percentage of regulations. Today I made 16 regulations,'' said Bhullar.

''But I'm not home as yet. I now need to keep my focus and stick to my routine in order to pull off a victory here. The key for me would be to keep the ball in play,'' he added.

Rahul Ganapathy (67, 67, 70) is in second position at the moment as he has a total of 12 under 204. Ganapathy made birdies on the third, ninth, 11th, 14th, 15th and bogeyed the sixth, eighth and 12th to finish with a two under 70.

''It was a good round but I could have played better. I had two bad drives on the sixth and eighth and made a three-putt on the 12th. These three holes made a lot of difference at the end,'' Ganapathy said.

Ashok Kumar (68, 71, 68) and Feroz Ali Mollah (68, 68, 71) are both tied third at nine under 207. Gaurav Ghei (70, 73, 68) has a total of five under 211 after three rounds and currently occupies sixth place. Digvijay Singh (68, 69, 75) is seventh as his total reads four under 212.

Ajeetesh Sandhu's 64 was the best round of the day and helped him climb to tied 12th with a total of two under 214.

Ajeetesh sank birdies on the second, third, fifth, ninth, 12th, 14th, 15th and 16th.

Mukesh Kumar (70, 72, 74) and Harendra Gupta (70, 72, 74) ended round three in tied 14th place with matching totals of even par 216 UNI RKM RAR AS1823

Story first published: Friday, September 12, 2008, 18:47 [IST]
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