Golfer Lahiri tied 11th; Chawrasia, Randhawa joint 24th

Crans Montana (Switzerland), July 25 (IANS) Indian golfers Anirban Lahiri and S.S.P. Chawrasia scored identical even-par 70s to take tied 11th and joint 24th positions respectively after the third round of the 2.7 million euros European Masters here on Saturday.

Lahiri got a three-day total of six-under 204, while Chawrasia took his total to four-under 206 — same as compatriot Jyoti Randhawa, who scored two-under 68 in the penultimate round of the only event on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 2009.

Englishmen Danny Willet and Matthew Fitzpatrick were on top on a three-day total of 12-under 198 — two shots ahead of Frenchman Raphael Jacqelin at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.

Other Indians in the fray, Shiv Kapur got a 69 for a total of 208 after 54 holes as he finished tied 42nd. Rashid Khan struggled for a four-over 74 and was tied 68th.

Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Lahiri started badly as he got bogeys on the first two holes but he cancelled it out by adding two birdies in the front nine holes.

The 28-year-old birdied the 10th before another bogey on the 12th undid his effort. At the par-five 14th hole, the Bengaluru-based golfer struggled hard. He cleared that hole in seven attempts, thereby getting a double bogey.

He made amends for the big slump by adding two more birdies on the 15th and 16th before settling for a 70.

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