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Daniel Chopra continues to excel

Washington: Daniel Chopra continued his excellent form, carding a five-under 67, to rise to the tied third spot after the penultimate round of the $5 million Booz Allen Classic in Potomac (U.S).

The Indian-born Swede fired five birdies against a solitary bogey to raise his total to four-under 201 after three rounds. Chopra is now seven shots behind leader Ben Curtis of America.

He got off to a brilliant start and hit two successive birdies on the first and second and kept it level par for the rest of his front-nine.

His back-nine also started with a brace of birdies on the 11th and 12th followed by another on the 15th. But the brilliant show ended on a disappointing note when he stumbled on the 17th before signing off with an even par shot.

Curtis regains sole lead

At the top of the leaderboard, Curtis regained the sole lead after carding a bogey-free five-under 67. The American has hit only one bogey in the three rounds so far and looks set to win his first PGA Tour title in three years, having taken a five-shot lead — with a three-day total of 194 — over nearest challenger compatriot Brett Quigley, who also carded a 67 to take the tied second spot.

Earlier, Arjun Atwal failed to make the cut by a single shot despite putting up a good performance.

Jeev tied 14th

Gunning for a top-four finish to book his spot in The Open Championship next month, Jeev Milkha Singh returned a disappointing level-par card to slip to the tied 14th spot after the penultimate round of the Mizuno Open in Okoyama (Japan).

The Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit leader hit three birdies and an equal number of bogeys to be eight strokes shy of leader Hur Suk-Ho of Korea.

Even par at the halfway mark, Jeev started his backward journey with a birdie on the ninth but again let the advantage slip with a bogey on the next. He gained a shot on the 11th to undo the damage but a bogey on the 16th denied him a chance to finish under-par.

At the top, Suk-ho took the lead when he fired his best round of six-under 66 — studded with seven birdies against a lone bogey — to take his three-day total to 13-under 203.

The 32-year-old Korean is three strokes ahead of David Smail (68) of New Zealand and Fijian Dinesh Chand (70) who were in joint second place.

Costly miss for Randhawa

A poor front-nine cost him dearly as Jyoti Randhawa carded a below par one-over 74 to slip to the tied 37th spot after the penultimate round of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles (Scotland).

The Indian, who will be next seen in action at The Open, has a three-day total of two-under 217.

Meanwhile at the top, Brit Paul Casey had a superb round of 66 to overtake overnight leader Colin Montgomerie (69) of Scotland. The Englishman with a three-day total of 15-under 204 is poised to win the title after gaining a one shot lead over the Scot. — UNI

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