Bhullar, Lahiri four shots off lead

Indian golfers Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri made hay on a sunny day and moved into the top six midway through the third round at the Barclay's Singapore Open here today.

Bhullar (46 holes) and Lahiri (40 holes) were four shots behind the leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, who was nine-under after 39 holes. The Indian duo will have a fair shot at the title tomorrow, when most of the players will need to play anything between 25 and 33 holes.

Shiv Kapur, the best-placed Indian at four-under after 36 holes, had a bogey and a birdie in the four holes he got in third round, while SSP Chowrasia moved up with two birdies against an opening bogey to get to four-under after 41 holes. Both were tied 13th alongside Rory McIlroy, who after battling cold and carding 70-70 in two rounds, was two-under through nine holes. The other Indian to make the cut, Jyoti Randhawa, started his third round from the 10th and had three bogeys against one birdie in his first five holes, but then birdies on sixth and ninth put him back on even par for the day and one-under for 45 holes.

Bhullar almost made no mistakes in the 10 holes he played in the third round. In the second round Bhullar managed a 69 despite his 'unwanted' excursions at the Sentosa Golf Club. In the afternoon he was three-under for the first five holes in the third round and played the rest in par to move to five-under for the tournament and four shots away from clubhouse leader Bjorn, who parred each of the three holes he got to play in the third round.

In the second round, Phil Mickelson set back by a double on par-5 seventh, rallied with a three-under 32 on back nine to squeeze inside the cut with rounds of 73 and 70. And then he roared back into action with three birdies and a bogey in four holes to move from cutline to tied 37th.

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