Gaganjeet Bhullar closed his third round with the last hole par, for three-under-69, making him eligible for a shot lead over four Australians Terry Pilkadaris, Jarryd Felton, Andrew Dodt, and Jake McLeod at 8-under-208. With this Bhullar is a step closer to tasting his ninth Asian Tour victory.
Bhullar came close to his ninth win on Day 3 of the US$ 300,000 Queen’s Cup too and had to manage with a solo second finish a dismal final round of 71, where Jazz Janewattananond clinched the title with four strokes lead. Keeping that aside, he has had quite a good past two months, especially July where he has finished under Top-12 or better in all of the events.
The tournament saw the light in 2014 and this is its sixth year running and as the past record tell that there has never been an Asian winner, the trophy has been to the homes of the Americans and Australians on a rotational basis, last year Jason Norris won it with four strokes over Jazz Janewattananond, James Marchesani, and David McKenzie. Janewattananond became the first Asian to come closer to the trophy.
Bhullar claimed his eight Asian Tour title at Macao Open last year to become the youngest player to win eight titles on the premier Tour.
“I had a great start to the day. I started with two good birdies and then I kept on hitting the ball really well and the ball was in play throughout the round. I think today my striking was really, really good. Despite the windy conditions, I kept the ball in play, and actually, I holed a lot of really tricky putts today. Looking at the scores, it wasn’t an easy round of golf today. Wind was howling, it was gusty, especially on the back nine. Numbers 10, 11 and 12, these holes were playing straight into the wind, they were really tough. But yeah, I’m glad I played well today and it’s good to be back in contention. It’s never easy to play in this kind of situations, but I remember the last tournament I won was in Macau and it was really, really windy. So, of course, I do have a lot of positive memories playing in this kind of situation. Golf is an individual game. You just have to stick to your own routine and the process. I think that’s going to be my game plan tomorrow.”
Gaganjeet’s round consisted of Fairway Hits stat at 78.57%, 66.67% Greens-in-Regulations, and 26-putts in the round, giving him the edge.
The “Big Easy” Ernie Els secured himself a seventh spot on the board with a round of 69 today, taking his total to five-under-211, five shots behind from the leader.