India’s Rashid Khan maintained his two-shot lead in round three of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open 2019 courtesy a solid two-under-70 at Bhatiary Golf & Country Club (BGCC).
The 28-year-old Rashid (65-66-70), the halfway leader by two shots, kept hopes of his 11th title alive with his second flawless round of the tournament as his total score read 15-under-201 at the BDT 47.40 lakh (INR 40 lakh) event.Indian rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul (67-66-70) also returned a 70 on Friday to be on the leader’s tail and continue in second place at 13-under-203.
Udayan Mane of India produced the day’s best score of 65 and thus climbed from overnight tied 16th to third place at 12-under-204.
Md Sajib Ali was the highest-placed Bangladeshi golfer for the third day in a row. Sajib (71) was placed tied 10th at nine-under-207.
Rashid Khan, who won the last of his 10 titles in December 2018 to break a two-year title-drought, emerged as the prime contender to win in Chittagong after a determined effort of 70 in the penultimate round.
The Delhi-based Rashid was not at his best on day three but still managed to grind out a two-under without dropping any strokes. He drove the green on the par-4 10th to pick up his first birdie of the day with a two-putt. Khan then sank a 15-footer for birdie on the 11th.
Rashid said, “My short-game wasn’t that good today. I was inside five yards on all four par-5s but I managed to convert on only one of those holes. I also left a few putts short which I generally don’t do.