Veer Ahlawat placed 10th at the Singapore Open, Kapur placed 18th

India’s Veer Ahlawat fought back from a three-pointer after three holes to stay in contention for a top-10 finish at the $1.25 million SMBC Singapore Open here on Saturday.

Ahlawat, who had a top-10 finish in the inaugural Phuket Series event last December, finished strongly with three birdies in the final four holes for his 1-under-70, his third consecutive underperforming round.

Ahlawat, whose only pro win came on his domestic tour in 2019, was 5-under for 54 holes and tied for 10th.

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Shiv Kapur (70) was in the top-20 with a total of 4-unders over three rounds and tied for 18th. Viraj Madappa, playing his third round alongside Kapur, shot 75, including a double bogey on the par-5, 18. Madappa was 2-over 215 for a tie of 47th place.

S Chikkarangappa (72) and Rashid Khan (71) were 3-over-216 and placed 55th.

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American Sihwan Kim (69), who has spent much of his career on the Challenge Tour in Europe, was chasing his first win as a pro. He retained part of the lead after the third round, sharing it with Sadom Kaewkanjana (65) of Thailand, whose 65 had six birdies and no bogeys. Sadom and Kim were both at 11-under.

Ahlawat got off to a difficult start with a double bogey ‘six’ on the par 4, the third, and a bogey on the par 5, the fourth. However, he stabilized the ship with some pars and a birdie on ninth, followed by another birdie on 10. A lost shot in 14th was disappointing, but he shagged in 15th, 16th and 18th for a strong finish.

Joohyung Kim, the 19-year-old Korean who currently tops the Asian Tour Order of Merit, scored a 69 and was alone in third place, three shots back. Australia’s Zach Murray with 65 points, Justin De Los Santos of the Philippines and Japan’s Yuto Katsuragawa, both with 68 points, were another shot behind.

Sadom’s only Asian Tour win came at the 2019 Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open.

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