Jeev fades away to finish with 74

Eyeing an encore of his top-10 finish in the PGA Championship last year, Jeev had a rather sedate front nine where birdies on the first and seventh holes more than made up for the stroke he dropped on the fourth.

It was on his way back that Jeev hit a snag. He began his back nine journey with a bogey and dropped two more shots on the 16th and 17th holes, failing so sink a single birdie on a treacherous stretch.

The only consolation for Jeev was that South African Rorry Sabbatini, whom the Indian needs to outshine to grab the last automatic berth in the Greg Norman-led International team for next month’s Presidents Cup, returned a matching 74.

Jeev admitted the fourth and final major of the year assumed more importance for him because he wanted to be the first Indian to make it to the Presidents Cup team.

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