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Muniyappa, Lahiri share lead

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BANGALORE: C. Muniyappa, who shot a two-under 70, and Anirbhan Lahiri, who carded four under, lead the field in the PGTI-Toyota Altis Open at the Eagleton Golf course, after the penultimate day’s play on Friday.

The day, however, belonged to 15-year-old Eagleton lad S. Chikkarangappa, who shot six-under to leapfrog into joint third position alongside Kynal Bhasin and PGTI Order of Merit leader Mukesh Kumar, tallying 11 under — two strokes behind Lahiri and Muniyappa.

“It’s a great feeling. Going into the final day as a leader is something that I’m not used to in a PGTI event. I’m pleased with my game thus far and would like to continue with it. My driving and approach shots were particularly satisfying though I cannot say the same about my putting, today,” said Lahiri.

Muniyappa had a mixed day as he birdied the fourth, seventh, 10th, 12th, 16th, 18th holes and had bogeys on the third, sixth, 14th and 17th.

“I had an average day. Despite sinking some long and difficult putts, I had some trouble with bunker and approach shots. I messed up shots from the middle of the fairway on a few occasions but tomorrow will be striving to hit as many fairways as possible,” he said.

Amateur Chikkarangappa, after starting off with a bogey on the first, sank seven birdies — on the fourth, seventh, 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th holes — to leapfrog from tied ninth overnight to tied third, alongside Australia’s Kunal Bhasin and Mukesh Kumar.

Chandigarh’s Harmeet Kahlon is sixth at nine under while the Delhi duo of Manav Jaini and Himmat Singh Rai are a stroke behind in tied seventh.

Digvijay Singh is placed tied 38th at two over.

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