Bhullar, Randhawa set up interesting duel


Bhullar, unbeaten in his last four starts on the Indian Tour, is at 11-under 205 after a round of three-under 69, and one shot behind him is Randhawa (67), unbeaten in his last five starts on the Indian Tour. Given such an amazing record between the two, it remains to be seen whose streak will finally come to an end on Sunday afternoon.

Behind Bhullar and Randhawa were Shamim Khan and Digvijay Singh at eight-under 208, while Toran Bikram Shahi (68) shared the fifth place at six-under 210 with Ashok Kumar (71).

SSP Chowrasia (71) and Yusuf Ali (67) were at five-under in tied seventh. Anirban Lahiri (71) and Rahil Gangjee were ninth and 10th, while Shiv Kapur (72) was tied 12th with six others, including C Muniyappa (69) at one-under.

Bhullar took time to settle down in the third round. He was one over after six holes, having missed a short putt for par on the fifth. He then picked up three birdies on the seventh, ninth and 11th.

The Kapurthala lad made bogey on the 12th but came roaring back with great approach shots on the 13th and 15th to grab two invaluable birdies. On the 13th his lob wedge approach came up six feet short of the cup and on the 15th he had a similar result with his approach shot from the right rough. He closed with a bogey-birdie on the last two holes to snatch the lead from Randhawa.

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