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.