Sunday, 20 March 2016
Anirban Lahiri  (Getty Images)
Anirban Lahiri (Getty Images)

Defending champion Anirban Lahiri picked up three shots in the early stages of the final round of the Hero Indian Open to heap the pressure on overnight leader SSP Chawrasia.

Chawrasia came into the final day with a two-shot advantage over Australian Terry Pilkadaris at 14 under and, while he made a solid start with three pars, playing partner Lahiri started birdie-birdie-birdie to get within one stroke of the lead.

A two-time European Tour winner last season, Lahiri is the highest ranked player in the field this week but Chawrasia has some pedigree around Delhi Golf Club with ten top tens in 16 appearances, including two wins.

Lahiri made gains on the first and second and when Chawrasia failed to take advantage of the par five opener for the first time this week after finding the trees, his mind may have drifted back to last season when his countryman overturned a seven-shot deficit here to beat him in a play-off.

Lahiri then rolled in a third birdie from 35 feet on the third and all of a sudden he was just a single shot off the lead.

That was one shot clear of Pilkadaris, who joined Chawrasia in parring the opening three holes.

Another Indian, Rashid Khan, had a birdie on the first to get within three of the leader, one clear of French trio Grégory Havret, Sébastien Gros and Julien Quesne, Brazilian Adilson da Silva and South Korea's Jeunghun Wang.

Englishman Chris Paisley had set the early clubhouse target at six under after a highly impressive 66 that was his best round on The European Tour since August.

He opened with a birdie and then eagled the eighth before making further gains on the 13th, 14th and last.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1CHAWRASIA, S.S.PIND18-15
T2WANG, JeunghunKOR18-13
T2LAHIRI, AnirbanIND18-13
T4QUE, AngeloPHI18-12
T4DA SILVA, AdilsonBRA18-12
T6HAVRET, GrégoryFRA18-10

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