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Chikka and Joshi in Top 5, Continue to Compete at Singapore International Tournament | Sport games

Indian golfer S. Chikkarangappa hit two under 70 under difficult conditions in the third round and moved to third place within three shots of leader Rattanon Wannasrichan (73) at the Singapore International Tournament here on Saturday.

While 28-year-old Chikka, hoping for his first Asian tour success, moved up, his compatriot Halin Joshi, the first-round leader (75), dropped to fourth place, four behind the leader.

Thailand’s Rattanon retained his Tanah Merah Country Club lead and positioned himself for his second Asia Tour title.

Korean youth Juhyun Kim (69) performed well on another day of strong winds and was the only runner-up. Rattanon was 4th junior while Kim Joohyun was 2nd 2nd under and Chikka was 1st and 3rd. They were the only under par players after 54 holes.

Chikkarangappa, a two-time winner of the Asian Development Tour, has been knocking on doors for some time to win the first title, having won twice in the domestic tour of India in 2021. He also accompanied Anirban Lahiri as his caddy to the Tokyo Olympics. “I have learned a lot by watching the best stars from all over the world. Since then, I feel very confident. As for winning, it is not in my power, I can only try my best,” he said.

“So when I get to the final round, here’s what I’m going to do – give it my all. It will be interesting to reach the final group with Rattanon and Kim and I have seen both games.” Chikka started the third round with a birdie and was 2nd under for the top nine, but missed the 10th par-5 throw for the second day in a row. He made up for it with a birdie on the 18th, also for the second day in a row.

Joshi, who scored 67 goals on the first day, has struggled with the putter for the past two days and is looking to reverse that trend on Sunday.

Rashid Khan, a two-time Asian Tour winner but last won in 2014, went 70 rounds and moved up to T-14 while Viraj Madappa was T-36 after falling with a 78 card.

Shubhankar Sharma (77) and Ajitesh Sandhu (80) survived a tough game and fell to T-45 while Shiv Kapoor (75) and Abhijit Chadha (75) were T-55.

Rattanon, 27, winner of the 2017 Thai Open, returned one over par 73 at Tampines in the third round, two shots ahead of Kim, who returned 69.

Thai amateur star Ratchanon Chantananuwat, 14, who was two behind the leader at the start of the day, was 76 behind and five behind him.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)


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