Khan and Mane hit to the front at Louis Philippe Cup

Thu 02 Aug 2018

Khan and Mane hit to the front at Louis Philippe Cup

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Bengaluru, India, August 2: India’s Rashid Khan and Udayan Mane battled in windy conditions to take a share of the third round lead at the US$75,000 Louis Philippe Cup on Thursday. 

Khan, a two-time Asian Tour winner, posted a solid three-under-par 67 while Mane signed for a 69 to share top spot on nine-under-par 201 at the Prestige Golfshire Club.

Overnight leader Miguel Carballo of Argentina posted a 74 to slip to tied fourth place alongside Khalin Joshi (71), as they trail the leaders by four shots in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

The 27-year-old Khan recovered from a slow start where he was one-over through 13 holes before shooting four straight birdies from the 14th hole to charge into contention.

“I couldn’t find the greens on the front nine because it was really windy. I told myself that if I can find the greens on the back nine, I can give myself birdie opportunities and my game plan worked,” said Khan.

Khan struggled with a cold putter earlier this week but has slowly improved on the tricky greens. “I was disappointed with the putter but now I’m feeling more confident. If I can hole more putts, then I have a good chance to win.”

Mane was left frustrated for not taking full advantage of his solid ball striking after trading two birdies against one bogey.

“I hit the ball really well and put myself in great position to attack the flag but nothing dropped for me on the greens. I hit really good putts but a lot of it lipped out,” the 27-year-old Mane lamented.

“You got to keep doing what you’ve doing and somehow pull through and make the most of the situation. It is playing tough for everyone but I’m very confident and comfortable with my game,” he added.

Leading third round scores:

201 - Rashid KHAN (IND) 70 64 67, Udayan MANE (IND) 63 69 69

205 - Khalin JOSHI (IND) 66 68 71, Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 63 68 74

206 - Sanjeev KUMAR (L) (IND) 70 70 66, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 68 70 68, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 69 69 68, Mukesh KUMAR (IND) 67 69 70, Om Prakash CHOUHAN (IND) 65 67 74

207 - Akshay SHARMA (IND) 70 71 66, Digvijay SINGH (IND) 71 68 68, Deepinder Singh KULLAR (IND) 68 67 72, Harendra GUPTA (IND) 66 69 72

208 - Tapy GHAI (IND) 71 69 68, Sam GILLIS (USA) 65 74 69

209 - Pawan KUMAR (IND) 68 69 72

210 - Himmat RAI (IND) 72 67 71, Shankar DAS (IND) 72 69 69, Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 70 67 73, Abhijit CHADHA (IND) 71 71 68, Aadil BEDI (A) (IND) 70 67 73, Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 65 68 77

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.