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Jeev finishes season-best fourth, Kapur 10th in Macau Open

September 18, 2011 17:24 IST

Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh lost momentum after a good start but the two-under 69 was still enough to fetch him a season's best finish of tied fourth in the $ 750,000 Macau Open on Sunday.

Jeev did make that promised charge with an eagle on the second and a birdie on the third to quickly move up the leaderboard even as the overnight leader and eventual winner Chan Yih-shin of Chinese Taipei opened with a double bogey in the final round.

Time and again Jeev gave himself birdie chances. With putts not falling and three bogeys on ninth, 11th and 14th, he finished with a 69, his fourth successive sub-par round.

His total of nine-under 275 gave him a share of fourth place with veteran Myanmar's Zaw Moe (69) and Mo Joong-kyung (72).

Shiv Kapur (69) finished tied tenth at six-under 278 up from overnight 17th, while Gaganjeet Bhullar (75), never recovered from the rain break and finished at one-under 283 and in 31st slipping down from overnight tied 12th. Kunal Bhasin (74) finished in a tie for 47th at two-over 286.

"I had a great start and I had the momentum. Then there was that bogey on the ninth, which spoilt it. I kept struggling on the greens and I left my putts short," said Jeev.

"Still I will take a lot of positives. It was my best finish of the year bettering the sixth in Sweden and I had four rounds in the red (sub-par)."

On his plans after this week, Jeev said, "I am off to Japan for two weeks and then it will be a week off and I go to Spain and Portugal. And then let's see if I make it to the CIMB Asia-Pacific Classic in Malaysia."

Gangjee shares lead at Nationwide tourney after Rd3

Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee moved within a round of winning his maiden Nationwide Tour event in his rookie year as he went into a share of the lead for the first time hammering a seven-under 64 in the third round of the Albertsons Boise Open in Idaho, USA.

Gangjee, still looking for his first top-10, shares the lead tied at 14-under 199 with another rookie Jason Kokrak (63).

A win, which would be worth $ 130,500 could propel Gangjee into the top-15 of the Nationwide Money List, from where the top-25 make the PGA Tour for 2012. Currently, Gangjee lies 102nd on the money.

The Albertsons Boise Open with $ 725,000 purse is the third richest event on Nationwide after the million dollar Tour Championships and next week's Soboba Classic, which carried a purse of $ 750,000.

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