Gaganjeet Bhullar turns in yet another steady round of three-under 69
Harding has won his first two starts on Asian Tour in last three weeks. In last eight starts – in Asia and Africa - Harding has four wins, three Top-6s and a T-18.
Gaganjeet Bhullar turned in yet another steady round of three-under 69 to overturn a six-shot deficit into a one-shot lead on a blustery day at the Fiji International here today.
Overnight leader Ben Campbell had a major meltdown dropping four shots between fourth and eighth followed by a double on 16th and a bogey on 17th.
Ajeetesh Sandhu, the only other Indian to have made the cut, shot 72 with one birdie, one eagle, one bogey and one double bogey.
But in a close contest like this, no one within four or five shots can be ruled out, especially if the wind is up on the final day.
Pilkadaris has two wins, the last of which came in 2005, while Dodt has won once each in 2010 and 2016. McLeod has never won a pro, while Felton, too has none on Asian Tour, but two on Australasian Tour.
"It's never easy to play in this kind of situations, but I remember the last tournament I won was in Macau and it was really, really windy. So, of course, I do have a lot of positive memories playing in this kind of situation," said Bhullar.
On Saturday, Bhullar was six behind at the start, but he got off to a hot start with birdies on first two holes to close the gap between him and Campbell, whose birdie on third kept the distance to five shots.
Then came Campbell's nightmarish stretch of four bogeys in five holes. Bhullar, meanwhile, was moving up and he first got a share of the lead with Dodt with a birdie on 12th. Another birdie on 17th gave him sole lead as others failed to catch up.
Bhullar was successful in staving off danger by saving some great pars. The others did get birdies but they also dropped shots.
"Today my striking was really, really good. Despite the windy conditions, I kept the ball in play, and I holed a lot of really tricky putts today.
"Like the par save on No. 9 and No. 10, that were basically the game changers today. It wasn't an easy round of golf today. The wind was howling, it was gusty, especially on the back nine."
On the plan for Sunday, Bhullar said, "You just have to stick to your own routine and the process. I think that's going to be my game plan tomorrow. 14 fairways, 18 greens and if I can do that, definitely I'll be on the top."
South Africa's Ernie Els, a four-time Major champion, had a superb round of a 69 to haul himself back into contention and at 5-under he is seventh and only three behind leader Bhullar.
Another man who cannot be counted out is Justin Harding (72), the hottest player in Asia with two wins in as many starts, is currently T-11 at 3-under.
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