Faldo series: Chikka two behind leader, Rashid further backBy IANS
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
SHENZHEN - Indias Rashid Khan who arrived at Mission Hills bidding to become the first golfer to win the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final for three years in a row, shot a round of 74 and was four behind the leader, Malaysias Gavin Green who shot a 70.
While Khans challenge for a hat-trick was stalled for a while, another Indian prodigy, S Chikkarangappa, was just two shots behind the leader.
Khan the current Singapore Amateur Champion, started with five straight pars over the testing 6,577-yard Faldo layout but dropped shots at the 197-yard par-3 sixth and the 454-yard par-4 9th to go out in 38 before coming home in level par 36 with a birdie at the last.
Green, 16, his countrys national amateur champion, warmed up for the Grand Final by competing in last weeks Maybank Malaysian Open on the European and Asian Tours and he put that experience to good use with a fine round that included two birdies on an outward half of level par 36 and another four as he came home in 34.
Boys Under-21 : Hsieh Chi Hsien (Chinese Taipei) and Brent Sumampong (Philippines) 70, Yao Xue Feng (China) 74.
Boys Under-18 : Rashid Khan (India) 74, Khalin Joshi (India) 75, Fahmi Reza (Indonesia) 77.
Boys Under-16 : Gavin Green (Malaysia) 70, S Chikkaranggappa (India) 72, Masamichi Ito (Japan) 75.
Girls Under-21 : Thidapa Suwannapura (Thailand) 72, Chien Pei Yun 77, Holly Clyburn (England) and Yoko Ogawa (Japan) 78.
Girls Under-16 : Liu Yi Chen 73, Vivienne Chin (Malaysia) and Shi Yu Ting (China) 80.