Published:September 30, 2017 11:46 pm
Arjun Atwal on Saturday celebrated his appointment as the captain of the EurAsia team with a two-under 70 in the third round, which helped him moved into top-10 of the USD 800,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters in Tamsui.
Atwal (73-71-70) is now three-under and tied-8th, while another Indian Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) moved up to tied-10th after 54 holes, although it was a tough day for scoring and only three players including Bhullar broke 70.
Atwal, who suffered a bogeyman eight on the first day, had four birdies in a row from fourth to seventh during his 70 today. Though he had two more birdies on back nine, he gave away four bogeys also.
Shiv Kapur (78), feeling weak after dengue fever, dropped to tied-30th from tied-9th, while S Chikkarangappa (76) also dropped from tied-9th to tied-21st.
Rashid Khan (75) was tied-30th while Khalin Joshi (77) was tied-40th.
Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines charged into a one-shot lead after shooting a two-under-par 70 in the third round.
Pagunsan totalled eight-under-par 208 to hold a narrow edge over Malaysia’s Gavin Green at the Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Green stayed in the hunt for his first Asian Tour title after shooting a 71. Keith Horne of South Africa was a further two shots back following a 72.
Scott Vincent of Zimbabwe posted a superb 66, the lowest round today, in windy conditions to tie in fourth place alongside Thailand’s Danthai Boonma and Malaysia’s Ben Leong, who both returned on matching 71s.