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Rohana stretches lead to five shots after a 67 in round three

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Sri Lankan Rohana carded a flawless five-under-67 to open up a significant five-shot lead after the third round of the Bengaluru Open Championship here Saturday.

The 45-year-old from produced his second consecutive error-free round to take control with a three-day total of 18-under-198 at the Karnataka Association (KGA) course.

Om Prakash Chouhan (67) of and Delhi's (68) occupied tied second place at 13-under-203 at the Rs. 60 lakh event.

Rohana (67-64-67), the halfway leader by three shots, enjoyed a steady front-nine where he managed one birdie and eight pars to maintain a safe distance between himself and his nearest challengers Aadil Bedi, and

Rohana, who won the last of his five titles on the PGTI exactly a year back in Jamshedpur, had a contrasting back-nine thanks to a hot putter that helped him build on his lead.

He drained birdie putts from a range of seven to 15 feet on the 11th, 13th and 18th. Rohana also landed his tee shot within three feet on the par-3 15th to set up another birdie.

Chouhan (68-68-67) was even-par for the day till the fourth hole but he picked up the pace with five birdies between the fifth and the 11th to end up with a 67. He thus gained four places from his overnight tied sixth position.

Two-time winner Rashid gained one spot from his overnight tied third after a round of 68. Rashid was even-par for the day through the front-nine but he made a charge with four birdies on the back-nine.

Chandigarh-based teenager Aadil Bedi, dropped two places to tied fourth after a 70. He shared fourth place with (69) of at 12-under-204.

C Muniyappa was the highest-placed Bengalurean in sixth place at 11-under-205. Muniyappa was six-under for the day till the 17th hole but conceded a double-bogey on the last hole to close the round with a 68.

Reigning champion Udayan Mane (69) of Ahmedabad was a further shot back in tied seventh along with Bengaluru's M Dharma and Kolkata's Divyanshu Bajaj, both of whom carded the day's best 66, and Patna's (71).

Bengaluru's Aryan Roopa Anand, the only amateur to make the cut, came up with a 72 in round three to be placed tied 39th at one-over-217.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 17:50 IST