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Chawrasia opens two-shot lead at Hero Indian Open

S.S.P. Chawrasia holds a two-shot lead after three days at the Hero Indian Open.
S.S.P. Chawrasia holds a two-shot lead after three days at the Hero Indian Open. ( Getty Images )

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Sometimes you don't need to put on an insane performance to catch the leader. Sometimes, the leader will come back to you.

That was the case Saturday for S.S.P. Chawrasia at the Hero Indian Open.

Chawrasia posted a solid 68 in the third round, surging past 36-hole leader Terry Pilkadaris, who came in with a Saturday 73 at Delhi Golf Club. Chawrasia moved to 14 under, two ahead of Pilkadaris.

Chawrasia, the 37-year-old native son, lost in a playoff to Anirban Lahiri at this event last year and has overall been a runner-up four times at the Indian Open.

So you'd better believe a victory Sunday would mean a lot for the three-time Asian Tour winner.

“Honestly, the Hero Indian Open is a very important tournament for me, and for sure I want to win it because I have finished second over here four times,” Chawrasia said. “If I win this one, then 100 percent sure I am going to play in the Olympics."

Chawrasia pounced right away Saturday, as four birdies in his first eight holes moves him out ahead while Pilkadaris, 42, alternated birdies and bogeys. Chawrasia closed with 10 pars to solidify his cushion.

Lahiri and Rashid Khan, both fellow Indians, sit in a tie for third after the third round.

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