But for the odd tee shot that could been executed differently, there was very little Rahil Gangjee did wrong in swirling winds. The putts rolled in smoothly after he kept choosing a spot to place the ball and managed to land it there. The result, a card of six-under for Saturday and T3 on the penultimate day of the Mizuno Open on the Japan Golf Tour.
Climbing the leaderboard has opened a world of possibilities on the final day of this 54-hole tournament. Four shots off the lead, on offer is a spot at The Open Championship in July, and of course a second career win in Japan after a gap of three years. The last time Rahil found himself in a similar position was the final day of the 2019 Panasonic Open, a title he was defending. The experience was not pleasant but a “huge learning curve” and that will surely come handy when he tried to close in on Juvic Pagunsan.
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Given the stakes, Rahil is hoping he will be able to go out and express himself freely. “That’s what every pro aspires to do, but its easier said than done,” he said. On the home front, there will be nervous energy with his mother in Kolkata and aunt in Mauritius exchanging notes and feverishly checking updates on Internet. Rahil has put them under pressure after a while but feels it is positive stress, and there is hope at the end of the action on Sunday Rahil will be the last man standing.