Jyoti Randhawa endured stomach cramps in round three to shoot a brave one-under-71 that kept him in the lead by one shot at McLeod Russel Tour Championship on the penultimate day 26 December 2015 being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. He took his three-day tally to 12-under-204 on Saturday. Khalin Joshi fired the day’s joint best score of four-under-68 to lurk behind the leader in second place at 11-under-205.
Jyoti Randhawa (68-65-71), the overnight leader by four shots, was quick off the blocks picking up birdies on the first, second and fourth, landing it within five feet on the first two occasions, to build a comfortable five-stroke lead. He dropped a stroke after missing a six-footer on the ninth but came roaring back with a 20-feet birdie conversion from just off the green on the 10th. He missed the greens on 12 and 13 for consecutive bogeys as his lead was cut down to three strokes. On the 14th tee, he considered withdrawing from the tournament due to the pain and discomfort caused by the cramps. However, cheered on by the big crowd, not only he carried on but also was solid thereafter, making pars all the way till the finish. Hope he will come back strong on the final day.
Khalin Joshi (70-67-68), who was overnight joint second, had a birdie and a bogey on the front nine, but he made his move on the back nine with an eagle and two birdies. He made a 15-feet birdie conversion on 12 that turned a turning point as he started swinging better from there on. He then drove the par-4 16th green and followed up with a 25-feet putt for eagle there. He finally had a birdie chip-in on the 17th which helped him end the day within one shot of the lead. Playing alongside his good friend Chikkarangappa, he appeared to be relaxed.
Chikkarangappa, who was lying joint second after round two, however, slipped to third place at nine-under-207 after his 70 on Saturday. Defending champion Shankar Das (70) of Kolkata occupies fourth place at seven-under-209. The Kolkata duo of 2012 champion SSP Chawrasia (68) and Rahil Gangjee (72) are a further shot back in tied fifth. Gaganjeet Bhullar moved up to seventh place at five-under-211 thanks to his third round effort of 68.
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