Saturday the 3 October 2015 was a bad day for Indian golfers as Rashid Khan slipped to the third position following a disappointing three-over 75 in the third and penultimate round of the Mercuries Taiwan Masters in Taipei and Samarth Dwivedi and Aman Raj had to be contented ending 39th and 47th respectively in Hong Kong in Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship.
Rashid, who scored 68 and 70 to lead after the halfway stage, could not do better as he was undone by four bogeys on the ninth, 10th, 12th and 15th holes. He got a birdie on the fifth hole at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club’s Tamsui course.Rashid has a three-day total of three-under 213, two strokes short of leader Liang Wen-Chong of China, who surged to lead with a flawless four-under 68. Malaysian Danny Chia battled to a 73 to take the second place. Since he is only two shots back he still has a chance tomorrow if he can do his best to catch up. The final round will see the leaders from each of the first three rounds go out together in the lead group. Rashid and Danny Chia will be playing together for the fourth successive round this week. He missed a lot of putts for pars and birdies. He three-putted on a few occasions as well. The conditions were easier compared to yesterday but it was still playing tough for him out there and his Driving was off as well.
Among other Indians in the fray, Himmat Rai carded 73 to get a total of five-over 221 and share the 19th spot. Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) took his total to 222 and was tied 25th. S. Chikka was joint 39th and Chiragh Kumar was tied 44th in the Taiwan Masters.
Indian golfers Samarth Dwivedi and Aman Raj played through windy conditions to return identical cards of three-under 73 for a share of the 42nd and 47th spot respectively after the third round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships in Hong Kong on Saturday. Indians have played in windy conditions, but this was probably the toughest they faced. Aman Raj messed up in the last two holes, where he had a bogey and double. That may well also end up being their final position as the forecast for the final day is grim weather in case play is not completed on Sunday, the results may be declared after 54 holes.
China’s Jin Cheng, playing his fourth Asia-Pacific Amateur Championships, took the sole lead at 11-under and one clear of the Australian duo Ryan Ruffels (67) and Cameron Davis (67).