Sep 29, 2018: India’s Shiv Kapur, Jeev Milkha Singh and S.S.P Chawrasia continues their consistency to remain in top 20 of the leaderboard at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Saturday.
Shiv Kapur, S.S.P Chawrasia and Shubhankar Sharma carded similar one-under-par 71 in the third round and are lying at T12, T18 and T30 respectively.
Jeev Milkha Singh has rediscovered his form and has kept it steady this week. He has kept plugging away under difficult conditions to hold his position on the leaderboard. On Saturday, he shot an even 72, to maintain a share of 18th place with compatriot Chawrasia.
Gaganjeet Bhullar’s struggled for a second day running. He is down to T34 after signing on a three-over-par 75 in the third round.
Overnight co-leader Adilson Da Silva of Brazil edged closer to his long-awaited Asian Tour breakthrough after battling to a two-under-par 70 to grab the outright lead following the penultimate round.
The 46-year-old Brazilian, who claimed a second joint runner-up finish in the storied event 12 months ago, continued to bank on his past experiences as he carded four birdies against two bogeys to lead by one shot on five-under-par 211 total in the US$850,000 event.
Home hero Lin Wen-tang raised the local hopes after signing for a 70 to share second place with South African Justin Harding (71), young Thai Jazz Janewattananond (70) and Heungchol Joo of Korea (66) at the fabled Taiwan Golf and Country Club.
Qualifying school graduate Joo, who sank the first ace of the week on the par-three eighth hole yesterday, returned with the day’s best score after posting a bogey-free round highlighted by six birdies in the event, which is celebrating its 32nd edition this week.
Zimbabwean Scott Vincent, American Berry Henson and Chinese star Liang Wen-chong shared sixth place on 213 following respective rounds of 69, 69 and 70 at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which hails as the longest running full-field event on the Asian Tour.
Players are vying to boost their Merit rankings with good showings this week as the top 10 and top four players (not otherwise exempt) on the Habitat for Humanity standings will qualify for the US$7 million CIMB Classic and US$10 million WGC-HSBC Champions staged in Malaysia and China respectively.
The Mercuries Taiwan Masters will be the penultimate event for players to try and boost their rankings on the Habitat for Humanity Standings before the cut-off date on October 7.