Erratic Lahiri misses the cut

Erratic Lahiri misses the cut

STEADY GOING: US' Phil Mickelson tees off during the third round of the Desert Classic on Saturday. AFP

Anirban Lahiri dropped two shots on the front nine and missed the cut by one at the end of the third round of the Desert Classic.

Lahiri, who was tied-21st, shot one-over 73 with two birdies and three bogeys and exited from the tournament. It was a bit of an anti-climax after the second round of 65.

The 48-year-old Phil Mickelson made three long birdie putts on the back nine and carded a bogey-free 66 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Desert Classic.

He shot 60 on the first day at La Quinta Country Club and 68 on Friday on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course in the second round.

Adam Hadwin was second after a 65 on the Nicklaus layout. The Canadian has three straight top-six finishes in the event.

Adam Long was third at 19 under after a 63 at La Quinta and Steve Marino had a 67 on the Nicklaus layout to get to 18 under. Defending champion Jon Rahm was tied for seventh at 16 under after a 68 at the Stadium.

Defending FedExCup champion Justin Rose was tied for 29th at 12 under after his third straight 68.

Chikka ends tied-24

Chikkarangappa finished tied-24th after a final round of 71 at the SMBC Singapore Open in Sentosa on Sunday.

Chikkarangappa, who was in top-10 midway through the second round, finished with rounds of 71, 66, 72 and 71 for a four-under 280.

Arjun Atwal, the only other Indian to make the cut, shot 74 on the final day and ended T-51st.

Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond found his winning rhythm when he closed with a six-under-par 65 to take home the SMBC Singapore Open trophy for his third Asian Tour title and also seal his passage to The Open.

The 23-year-old arrived in Singapore on the back of a rich vein of form to establish himself as one of the genuine contenders for the prestigious SMBC Singapore Open trophy at the start of the week.

He did not disappoint as he shrugged off the challenges of a host of quality players including Sergio Garcia, Paul Casey and Davis Love III to become the third Thai after Thaworn Wiratchant (2001) and Prayad Marksaeng (2017) to lift his third Asian Tour title with a winning total of 18-under-par 266.

Casey surmounted a strong challenge by signing for a 65 but it was never going to be enough to catch Jazz, who was unstoppable on Sunday afternoon at the Sentosa Golf Club.

England's Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was making his debut at the SMBC Singapore Open, closed with a 69 to take outright fourth place.