May 11, 2018: England’s Jack Harrison put himself in prime position to win in his first start as an Asian Tour rookie when he posted a four-under-par 67 to lead by one shot following the penultimate round of the Bangladesh Open on Friday.
Four Indian golfers are on the leader board, inside the top ten after the penultimate round at the Kurmitola Golf Club. M Dharma is lying in T4 at eight-under 205, trailing by just three shots from Harrison.
Divyanshu Bajaj shot one-under-par 70 in the third round. He is sharing seventh place with local star Zamal Hossain Mollah at seven-under 206.
The 27-year-old Harrison, who came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier in January, fired five birdies in his closing six holes to move atop the leaderboard with a 11-under-par 202 total at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
Sri Lankan Mithun Perera overcame an opening bogey with eight birdies but slipped back with two other bogeys in his closing four holes to settle for a 66 in second place at the US$300,000 event, which is celebrating its fourth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week.
Qualifying School graduate Ben Campbell of New Zealand, who is making his debut appearance at the AB Bank Bangladesh Open, carded a 68, thanks to three closing birdies. He trails by two shots in third place on 204.
Overnight co-leader Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden battled to a 71 to sit a further shot back in fourth place alongside Suttijet Kooratanapisan (70) of Thailand and India’s M Dharma (68).
“I started with a bogey on the first but bounced back immediately with a birdie on second. I made a few good birdies to turn in 32 but my back nine was really shaky. I am still hitting the ball good today, just made a few bad shots on my back nine.
It was windy out there and not easy to play at all. I made a long putt from about 20 feet for birdie on seventh. That was my highlight today. I managed to hit it close for the other birdies. I am very happy with how I have played so far.
I don’t want to have any expectations for the final round tomorrow. I just want to play my game. If I tell myself I have to shoot a certain number, I will be stressed. I just want to play my best and whatever happens, happens”, said Dharma.
Local hope Zamal Hossain Mollah, who held a share of the halfway lead, slipped four shots off the pace to tied-seventh place with Divyanshu Bajaj of India (70) on matching 206s. He remains the highest-ranked local player following the third round of the AB Bank Bangladesh Open.