Jeev impresses with 70 to stay in hunt

Jeev’s 70 took him to 11-under 205 and five behind the leader Robert Rock, whose steady 68 saw him at 16-under 200.

Jeev, who arrived here only on Wednesday evening and played without a practice round, had a superb six-under 66 in his second round at the end of which he was tied 10th.
In the third round, Jeev birdied third and sixth holes, but dropped bogeys on fourth and fifth. Over the next 12 holes, he had two birdies and rest pars for a 70.

News, however, was not good for Jeev’s fellow Indians, Shiv Kapur (74, 67) and SSP Chowrasia (73, 73) who missed the cut.

Rock carded a 68 with five birdies and one bogey as he took a two-shot into the final round. Rock, who has never won on European Tour before, is two clear of a six-man pack at 14-under. That six-pack includes local hero Francesco Molinari (68), Gary Boyd (68), Niclas Fasth (64), Jbe Kruger (67), Pablo Larrazabal (65) and Joost Luiten (69).

Jeev, who arrived late as his son had fallen ill, is now 11-under through three rounds in a tournament which he says is going to be a low-scoring one.

“I have played blind in event before without a practice round and I have good memories of doing that at the Austrian Open, which I won (in 2008),” said Jeev after the second round.

“It is a good golf course and the scores are going to be low,” he added.
Things were however not too good for the other two Indians -- Kapur and Chowrasia.
Kapur had a superb second round, but even that 67 could not keep him for the weekend as the cut came at two-under 142 and Kapur was 143.

There were four players at 13-under in tied eighth and another three in tied 12th at 12-under 204.

Gangjee sizzles

At Raleigh, Rahil Gangjee turned in a brilliant finish with four birdies in last four holes to zoom to the top-10 after the second round of the Rex Hospital Open Golf tournament on the Nationwide Tour here.

The Kolkata golfer, playing his rookie season in the USA, moved to six-under 136 and tied 10th place. The card of five-under 66 was his best this season.Gangjee is four shots be hind leader Scott Brown, who carded a course record-tying nine-under 62 in the first round of the same event last year.

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