Himmat Rai Best Indian at Tied 29th After Round 3 at Singapore Open

Updated: 30 January 2016 18:42 IST

Himmat Rai is 29th at the Singapore Open, while other Indians Rahil Gangjee and SSP Chawrasia are tied 51st and tied 62nd respectively

Himmat Rai Best Indian at Tied 29th After Round 3 at Singapore Open
Himmat Rai is ranked 515 in the world. © AFP

Singapore:

Himmat Rai was the best among four Indians despite slipping from tied-15th to 29th after carding two-over 73 in the third round of the SMBC Singapore Open here on Saturday. (Read more golf stories here)

Himmat, who had earlier posted his sole career win on Asian Tour in Singapore Classic in 2011, made the cut. The other Indians in the fray -- Rahil Gangjee, who was in top-10 after first round, slipped to tied 27th after 36 holes and is now tied 51st with rounds of 68-72-75, while SSP Chawrasia (71-71-76) was undone by a struggling second nine, which was the front half of the course.

With three bogeys and a triple bogeys on par-4 third and just one birdie, he was five-over for the stretch. He was tied-62nd, down from 45th. And Shiv Kapur (7-71-79) was tied-68th, down from tied-37th.

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan (71-76), Gaganjeet Bhullar (75-72), Arjun Atwal (78-71), Jeev Milkha Singh (78-74) and Chiragh Kumar (79-75) missed the cut.

Jordan Spieth, whose aura continues to spread, was within striking distance of his maiden triumph on the Asian continent, as he was three behind but still had two more holes to play in the third round.

For the third day in succession, play could not be completed, this time because of fading light on a day.

Spieth, who admitted to being weary and tired after travelling so much and playing in humid and hot weather, bogeyed his closing hole on the 18th in the second round this morning as had 67-70 in first two rounds.

Spieth was then one-under through 16 holes and will return at 7.30 am on Sunday to complete the third round before making a bid for the title.

Spieth was six-under through 52 holes, and China Liang Wen-chong was the clubhouse leader at eight-under 205 with rounds of 71-67-67). However, Younghan Song, who shot 63 in second round, was leading the field at nine-under but with five holes to play in third round.

Younghan Song, whose sensational second round 63 included seven birdies and an eagle, was atop after two rounds and again led at nine-under, but he will play five more holes in third round, before starting the final round.

His playing partners, Shintaro Kobayashi and first-round leader, Keith Horne were at seven-under.

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