Yuvraj Sandhu in sight of breakthrough on PGTI

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Yuvraj Sandhu is searching for his maiden win on the PGTI.
Yuvraj Sandhu is searching for his maiden win on the PGTI.

Yuvraj Singh Sandhu produced a classy five-under 67 in Round Three of the IndianOil SERVO Masters to take a two-shot lead at 15-under 201, thus emerging as the clear favourite for the title.

 

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Yuvraj (66-68-67), searching for his maiden win on the PGTI, came up with seven birdies and two bogeys on Friday at the Digboi Golf Links.

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Om Prakash Chouhan (66-70-67), the six-time winner on PGTI, also shot a third round of 67 to move up two spots to second place at 13-under 203 and be the closest challenger to the leader.

The 24-year-old Yuvraj, the overnight leader by one shot, had a slow start to the day making pars on the first four holes before producing a flurry of birdies on the fifth, sixth and seventh where he came up with some great wedge shots from a range of 80 to 120 yards.

 

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He then made his first three-putt of the week to concede a bogey on the eighth. He followed that up with another dropped shot on the 10th.

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The 2019 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion then made a crucial up and down from 20 yards on the 11th to pick up a shot and get his round back on track. He was then on a roll, sinking birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th where he made a couple of quality up and downs.

Yuvraj, currently ranked 11th on the PGTI Order of Merit, being one of the most consistent performers of the season, said, “I started with a cold putter but from the fifth hole onwards I got my putter going. The birdies on the 11th and 12th were key in setting up the momentum on the back-nine.

“I knew the others were closing up on me after the turn, so I felt the need to make more birdies and press further a little to make sure that my lead was intact. I’m happy that I was able to carry forward the advantage into the final round.

“I don’t want to change anything for the final day. I’m not even considering it as a final round. I’ll be treating it just like any other round. But I know that there will be some pressure and anxiety obviously which I will need to deal with. However, it’s a good place to be on the board going into round four.”

 

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M Dharma sank five birdies and a bogey during his 68 to gain two spots and be placed tied third at 11-under 205.

Harendra Gupta, a former winner in Digboi, slipped one place to join Dharma in tied third following his round of 70 featuring four birdies and two bogeys.

Dhruv Sheoran carded a 68 to occupy fifth place at 10-under 206.

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