Chiragh Kumar down to tied fifth in Yeangder golf in Taipei

Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) also slipped from overnight tied ninth to 22nd, while Rahil Gangjee (76) had even bigger fall from overnight 22nd to tied 47th.

Updated: September 14, 2013 18:04 IST
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Taipei: An unwell Chiragh Kumar shot a disappointing two-over 74 to slip to tied fifth spot at the end of the third round of the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship (TPC) golf tournament in Taipei.

Chiragh, lying tied second overnight, is now five-under 211 for 54 holes and is five shots behind the new leader, Korean-American Chan Kim, who shot 68 to move to 10-under at the Linkou International Golf and Country Club.

Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar (74, in pic) also slipped from overnight tied ninth to 22nd, while Rahil Gangjee (76) had even bigger fall from overnight 22nd to tied 47th.

Chan, an Asian Tour rookie, who won the Qualifying School in January, is one shot clear of reigning Order of Merit winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand (71) and Chinese Taipei's Yeh Wei-tze (67). The Asian Development Tour (ADT) graduate Hsu Mong-nan was a further shot back.

For the third day in a row, Chiragh, who is suferring from cold and cough, birdied the first hole and looked set for another good round. However, he quickly dropped shots on second and sixth and turned in one-over.

On the back nine, he birdied 10th, but bogeyed 12th and 16th to finish with a 74.

Chiragh, though feeling better in terms of his health.

"I had a bad day. I didn't really play well. I thought I could have played better. I've been hitting the ball solid for the past two days and suddenly I just could not find my swing today. It's not too bad overall. I'm not really disappointed. There's still tomorrow and we'll see what happens," he said.

"The golf course is really tough today. It has been tough for the past few days. The greens seem to be getter harder by the day. I just couldn't get around my game today. I am still down with a cold and cough but getting better. I'll stick to the same game plan and try to repeat the same like I played in the first two rounds."

Jaako Makitalo of Finland carded a 65, the lowest round of the week, to share fifth place with Korea's Baek Seuk-hyun (69) and Chiragh.

The 23-year-old Kim, who has one top-10 result this season, stole the limelight with a refined swing which he worked on with his coach Scott Adland during the off-season.

Thaworn, the 2010 Yeangder TPC champion, played down his chances of winning his 16th Asian Tour title after struggling with his irons for the third day.

The 40-year-old Yeh, who has one Asian Tour win in 2000, overcame humid conditions to put himself in a strong position to become the second Chinese Taipei player after Lu Wei-chih to win the Yeangder TPC since 2011.

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