India’s SSP Chowrasia shot the lowest round of the week with a third round 65 on a perfect morning for scoring in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
The two-time winner of the Avantha Masters in his home country moved up from the cut line into joint fifth place with a brilliant round on moving day.
A four birdie burst from the second helped him reach the turn in 32 and then another brace of birdies followed immediately after turning for home. A birdie four on the long final hole gave him a seven under par 65 - two shots better than the previous lows of the week from Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson on day one and yesterday’s 67 of Fernando Gonzalez-Castano.
At five under par he had moved within three shots of Rose’s lead well before the final pairings teed off.
“I’ve played this course many times now and every time I play a bit better,” he said. “It’s a very long course so I’ve tried to increase my distance a little bit. The main thing is chipping and putting so I’ve worked hard on my short game. If you hit straight, any course you can play well.”
Chowrasia has been struggling with a wrist injury after a hard week of practicing and changes to his swing but is keeping it at bay with the help of physio and painkillers.
He has a long wait to see where he ends up at the end of the day but hopes to be well placed for the final day.
“Maybe I’ll be top ten,” he said. “It will be a nice challenge tomorrow. The field is very good so let’s see.”