Kaul (69-67-66), lying tied fifth and two off the lead at the halfway stage in Pune Open Golf Championship

April 5, 2019, Delhi, Pune, Panchkula, Chandigarh

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Angad Cheema carded a solid 67 on the third day of the Pune Open Golf Championship on Thursday to stay in contention for the top finish. The Panchkula golfer is a shot behind Delhi’s Kshitij Naveed Kaul 66 and seasoned Shankar Das 67 of Kolkata, who shared the lead with a three-day total of 11-under 202. Delhi’s Kapil Kumar equaled the course record with a phenomenal 8-under 63 to jump from overnight tied 35th to tied 10th at 6-under 207 at the Poona Club Golf Course.

Kaul (69-67-66), lying tied fifth and two off the lead at the halfway stage, moved up four spots in round three to stake his claim for a maiden title. The 18-year-old, who had a career-best runner-up finish at the PGTI event in Chittagong, Bangladesh, last month, started his day with a bogey on the second. He managed to pull one back before the turn as he chipped-in for birdie on the eighth. Kaul was then on fire on the back-nine as he produced five birdies on the last six holes with three of them coming as a result of conversions from a range of 15 to 35 feet. “My approach shots and putting helped me score well today. I had a slow start but I more than made up on the back-nine. Even though it’s my rookie season on the PGTI, I feel I’ve now settled down well and am not overawed by situations,” Kaul said after the day’s play.

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