A second successive flawless round of 67 brought India's [ Images ] Rahil Gangjee into contention for his first Asian Tour title since 2004, as he moved within three shots of leader, Thailand's Chawalit Plaphol, at the $300,000 Zaykabar Myanmar Open in Yangon on Saturday.
Following on the second round of 66, Gangjee, who won a title back in 2004 when the Asian Tour was set up, has been bogey-free for the last 36 holes and is now placed tied fifth at 12-under 204 at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club.
Himmat Rai (67) also brought home a fine third round to move up to tied 24th at eight-under 208, while Ajeetesh Sandhu (73) was five-under 211 in tied 49th. Sujjan Singh (71) and Shankar Das (71) were tied 57th at four-under 212.
Chawalit grabbed the third round lead with a critical birdie on the last for four-under-par 68. Chawalit, a three-time Asian Tour winner, leads by one-shot over Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who slipped to second despite saving par on the last when his tee shot found water for a 71.
Gangjee said, “The third days are generally dry days for me, but today seem totally different. I was hoping to feel the same as yesterday and I did, so it was good. Today was a little bit windier so I lowered my expectations. I told myself that if I could make some putts it would be good.”
He added, “It has been a while since I've featured on the leaderboard, so I'm pretty happy. I made a birdie on number 13. It was a fast and downhill 30 footer which went straight in the middle of the hole. I was lucky it went in because the ball was really travelling.”
Filipino Angelo Que was flawless in a round of 66 as he shared the third place with opening round leader Chapchai Nirat (67) of Thailand.
Gangjee, Arnond Vongvanij of Thailand and Darren Beck of Australia [ Images ] were a further shot back in fifth.
On a blustery day, Chawalit held a two-shot cushion after three straight birdies from the 12th hole, but he posted a double bogey on 16.