Shubhankar Sharma shares lead with Wallace at 7-under-209
Shubhankar Sharma set the course record on Friday at DLF Golf and Country Club and posted a third round 72 to enter the final round tied for the lead with Matt Wallace at 9-under-209.
Sharma entered the field a shot back of Emiliano Grillo, the leader of past two rounds. He started his round with two consecutive pars on 1st and 2nd holes before a bogey on third, followed by a birdie on fourth, bogey on fifth, back to back birdies on sixth and seventh holes, and another birdie on 10th, giving him the solo lead for the round and followed it with a bogey on 11th, and a double-bogey on the 17th pushed him down but he was quick to regain his claim to the top with a birdie on the final hole.
“I’m just looking forward to playing out there again,” he said. “I just want to have fun. It’s the second week in the row I’m in the leading group. I’m going to draw from my experiences last week. I know it’s going to be a battle out there tomorrow and I’ll be ready for it.
“I kept telling my caddie that this is our home course, you can’t overpower this course. So, I told myself, just hang in there. I will hit a few bad shots and I understand that it’s all part of the game. You just have to stay patient.”
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English Matt Wallace climbed four spots up with 2-under-70 for the day consisting an exciting eagle on par-4 9th, four birdies, and four bogeys, giving him ample opportunity to take a joint lead on the board.
“I’m very happy,” he said. “There are some brilliant players up there. You know there is going to be a charge tomorrow and someone is going to play well. I just have to go out there and try to execute like I did today and see how it goes.
“I’m going to rock up tomorrow and do the same as I’ve done all week. It’s such a hard golf course that you have got to play well. I’ll try to get a good night of sleep tonight and go from there.
“Every hole is a test. Every hole is a double bogey waiting to happen. I just took every hole as it came and played it as well as possible. That eagle on nine was probably the highlight of my week – and year – so far.”
The third day saw over 50 golfers posting over-par scores and Marc Warren topped the chart with 14-over-86 for the day consisting just a birdie on par-4 1st, six bogeys, a double-bogey on par-4 10th, a triple-bogey on par-4 14th, and a quadruple-bogey on the par-4 second, dropping him 47 spots down for a T-56th position on the board, and taking his total to 10-over-226.
Stephen Gallacher climbed 22 spots up with 5-under-67 for the day to follow Sharma and Wallace by a shot for the third position on the board.
The opening and second-round leader Emiliano Grillo dropped down to a T-4th position on the board with Andrew Johnston and Matthias Schwab at 5-under-211. Grillo posted a six-over-78 for the day consisting two birdies, four bogeys, and two consecutive double-bogeys on par-4s 13th and 14th holes.