Young guns Viraj Madappa (70) and S Chikkarangappa (68) were the best-placed Indians at tied 22nd after three rounds of the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lampur on Saturday, PTI reported.
Chikka leapfrogged 33 places, while Madappa, who won his first Asian Tour title last year, went up eight spots. Defending champion, Shubhankar Sharma (74) had a rough day after rising up to fifth place.
The 22-year-old was pushed back by bogeys on fifth and sixth and then 13th and 14th. His birdies were on first and 18th. At the end of the third day, he was lying T-30 alongside SSP Chawrasia (70).
Ajeetesh Sandhu (72) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (75) were Tied-51 was Tied-67 respectively. Spain’s Elvira Nacho reclaimed his place on top of the leader board by posting a six-under-par 66 to snatch the outright third round lead.
The 32-year-old had earlier taken a share of the opening round lead but slipped a spot down after carding a 72 on Friday. The Spaniard, however, responded well by compiling a three-day total of 13-under-par 203 to stay ahead of the chasing pack by two shots at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
American David Lipsky, who finished second at the Maybank Championship in 2017, made his move by signing for a 67 to take second place on his own. Australia’s Scott Hend and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond are at in third place together with Maximillian Kieffer of Germany.
Hend, a nine-time Asian Tour winner, is seeking his first win since 2016 while Jazz is chasing his fourth Asian Tour victory and second in three months. They both head into the final round three shots back of Elvira.
Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman enjoyed his best round of the week so far by carding a 68 to move inside the top-10 to take a share of ninth place alongside South African Louis De Jager and the English pair of Andy Sullivan and Ross Fisher.