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Ghei in top 10 at Johor Bahru

Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Nov 1 (UNI) India's Gaurav Ghei shot an eventful four-under 68 to move into the top 10 at the end of the third round of the Iskandar Johor Open golf championship here today.

Ghei is now five-under for 54 holes and is lying tied 10th.

He has moved from 41st in first round to 26th to 10th after three days.

''It was a crazy round. I felt I hit a lot of good shots but made some stupid mistakes. I made five bogeys and still shot a 68. I missed a few small putts as well,'' the three-time winner on the Asian Tour, Ghei, who was fourth here last year, said.

''On 16, I nearly holed it and then didn't touch the hole with the birdie putt from three putt. But I finished with a really good putt on the last, holed a seven footer down the hill on 18 to keep me in the tournament. That could have been a double bogey.

It was a good way to finish,'' he added.

However, things were not as good for Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was indisposed today. But in the morning, Bhullar did suggest that he was up to it as he birdied one of his last two holes to join Niclas Fasth of Sweden and Mitchell Brown of Australia in shared lead at eight-under.

In the morning, Bhullar birdied one of his two finishing holes of the second round to make it a three-way tie for the lead at the halfway stage.

The 20-year-old upcoming player signed for a six-under-par 66 to join Fasth and Brown atop the leaderboard on eight-under-par 136.

Bhullar had a 66 in second round, but his third round ballooned to four-over 76 as he played with fever. Bhullar, tied first after two rounds, slipped to tied 13th at four-under.

''I had fever yesterday and got up in the morning and couldn't feel myself when I was standing. I wanted to withdraw but told myself to just get through this week as we'll take next week off,'' said Bhullar.

''I wanted to give it 100 percent here. I have been on medication and the fever is less now but I've got a bad throat and a cold. I'm feeling much better today.'' That poor condition took a toll in the afternoon as he went four-over.

Fasth (70) birdied the last three holes to go into sole lead at 10-under 203 and he was one ahead of veteran 10-times winner on Asian Tour, Thaworn Wiratchant (69). Brown (72) was third at eight-under. Kane Webber (70) and Iain Steel (70) were one shot further behind.

Among other Indians in the fray, Arjun Singh (71) was tied 32nd, Baaz Mann (73) was tied 57th, Firoz Ali (75) was tied 61st and Harmeet Kahlon (77) was tied 76th.

Anirban Lahiri (73) at four-over 220 at 80th, Rahil Gangjee (78) at five-over in 89th and Himmat Rai (75) at seven-over in 98th place missed the cut.

The cut was set at 147, with 79 players including three amateurs progressing into the last two rounds.


Story first published: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 22:37 [IST]
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