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Jeev moves to 14th place in Malaysian Open


Updated: April 16, 2011, 11:19 PM IST
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Jeev moves to 14th place in Malaysian Open
Anirban Lahiri,was one-over through 15 holes and even par for the tournament.

Kuala Lumpur: Jeev Milkha Singh sank a stunning five birdies in his 15 holes, as none of the three Indians who made the cut in the Maybank Malaysian Open completed their third round on Saturday.

Jeev, with a five-under through 15 holes today, was six-under for the tournament and in tied 14th place, while Shiv Kapur was one-under through 12 was five-under for the tournament and in tied 19th.

Anirban Lahiri, who played a superb second round of 68 to make the cut, was one-over through 15 holes and even par for the tournament.

Rory McIlroy holed a ten foot birdie putt at his last hole of the day to establish a two shot clubhouse advantage after day three.

A rain delay of three hours and 25 minutes, coupled with two and a half hours lost to lightning yesterday, meant the leaders could only complete nine holes of their third round before darkness descended at the Golf and Country Club here.

Jeev, starting from the 10th, birdied the 13th, 15th, 16th, third and fifth. He still had three holes to play and had no bogeys in third round.

McIlroy shared the halfway lead on 11 under with Sweden's Alex Noren, and the 21-year-old kept his nose in front with eight consecutive pars at the start of his round.

Former Omega European Masters champion Noren mixed three birdies with two bogeys and a five at the par three fourth to be 10 under and he will return to a lengthy birdie putt on the ninth tomorrow morning.

France's Gregory Bourdy made the most significant move of the day with five birdies in his first six holes. He added another at the eighth and then holed from six feet at the tenth to briefly share the lead, only to bogey the 13th.

However, the three-time European Tour winner was still six under for his round with five to play and tied for second with Noren and Italian teenager Matteo Manassero.

Manassero, who turns 18 on Tuesday, first had the job of completing his second round when he returned to the course and birdies at the last two holes lifted him to a share of fourth place. An outward 33 saw the former British Amateur Champion move into contention for a second European Tour title.

Chile's Felipe Aguilar amazingly started his round with five birdies in a row, and after a par at the sixth a dazzling approach left him a tap-in birdie at seven.

Looming large alongside him on nine under is world number one Martin Kaymer, whose precision iron play saw him play the 15 holes possible in six under par ? the highlight his tee shot to within a foot at the par three eighth.

A superb effort by Korean Hwang In-choon also saw him surge as the leading Asian Tour contender in the title frame, shooting seven birdies in 15 holes to lie four shots back.

There will be no redraw for tomorrow's final round, with the third round resuming at 0740 and the final round starting at 0845.

First Published: April 16, 2011, 11:19 PM IST
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