Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Health | By Jay Jacobs

Shubhankar, Wallace share lead after 3rd round in Indian Open

Shubhankar, Wallace share lead after 3rd round in Indian Open

Like it was in round two, the focus, on Saturday, was once again on Shubhankar, who will surely be backed by a vociferous home crowd when he would go on the final day in search of his third win of the current season.

The 21-year-old had made four birdies and three bogeys before dropping two shots on the 17th, but a birdie on the last put him back in the lead.

Wallace carded a 70 to share first place with Shubhankar.

As for the runaway leader on the first two days, Emiliano Grillo must have realised how hard it is to keep the lead going. "I played pretty solid most of the day, just didn't get the ball close to the hole very often". So I'm happy with what I achieved even though it was somewhat of a mixed bag. "When Shubhankar got into the final group, I told my caddie that we won't be the favourites in the final round".

"I feel that my long iron play this week was the best part of my game, so as soon as I was all the way down on the end of the fairway, I was going to hit an iron and go for the green". But the youngest player in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings, who has already got an invite to the Masters, is looking forward to his next big challenge.

"I was one-under par after nine holes, which was crucial".

However, on the 17th hole, Shubhankar's approach-shot bounced off the bunker-wall and roll into the greenside hazard.

"The wind's coming in hard out of the right and I was trying to hit a little cut up there, and I took a lot of club, " McCarron said.

Wallace, on the other hand, scored an eagle and four birdies against four bogeys. Victory in the country's premier event, on a tough course, would have added to the lustre he has acquired by clinching two European Tour titles and finishing in the top-10 at a WGC tournament.

"That eagle on nine was probably the highlight of my week - and year - so far". "It's an open contest going into the last round as there are so many contenders".

"I mean, we all played it differently and managed to find ourselves in the same position".

"I played great", Wallace said.

It was supposed to be the validation of Shubhankar Sharma as the pre-eminent current Indian golfer.

What an exciting day's golf it was at the Hero Indian Open! If he wins, it would be the fourth time in a row that an Indian would have won the Indian Open following the success of Anirban Lahiri in 2015 and SSP Chawrasia in 2016 and 2017. Amateur Kshitij Naveed Kaul (77) was seven-over for three days at Tied 48.

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