Selangor (Malaysia): Looking to add to his two Asian Tour titles, Gaganjeet Bhullar moved to tied sixth with a round of two-under 70, even as Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant surged into a three-shot lead after the third round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters here on Friday.
Bhullar was seven-under through three days and six shots behind leader Thaworn Wiratchant (68), who is at 13-under. In second place was Jesper Kennegard (67) at 10-under.
Also making the cut and showing signs of a good finish was Himmat Rai, who carded a one-under 71 to move to five-under for three days and he is tied 20th, the same as Rashid Khan (71) and Kunal Bhasin, the Indo-Australian, who also shot a 71.
Vikrant Chopra (74) slipped from overnight ninth to 30th after a round of 74 that placed him at three-under for 54 holes. Ajeetesh Sandhu (74) was tied 45th, down from tied 20th overnight. Chiragh Kumar, Feroz Ali and Gaurav Ghei missed the cut.
Bhullar opened with a birdie on first, but gave away a bogey on third. He birdied three in a row from fifth to seventh and then came another bogey on ninth to turn in two-under 34. On the back nine, he birded and bogeyed twice and ended with a 70. Bhullar had 68 and 71 on first two days.
Himmat had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine, and then had one bogey and two birdies on the back nine in his 71. He shot 70 and 70 on first two days.
A superb four-under-par 68, courtesy a stunning inward 31, pushed the 45-year-old Thaworn on the brink of a record 14th Asian Tour title at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club in the RM1.2 million (approximately USD 395,000) tournament.
Swedish rookie Jesper Kennegard moved into second place after an impressive 67 while second round co-leader Michael Tran of Vietnam slipped back to third with American Jonathan Moore, the reigning Asian Development Tour (ADT) number one, and Filipino newcomer Jhonnel Ababa. They are five shots behind leader Thaworn.
After two birdies through seven holes, Thaworn, Asia's number one in 2005, dropped three shots on the eighth and ninth holes before fighting back in style. A 60-foot monster putt for birdie on the 10th got him back on track as he raced clear of the field.
The unorthodox swinging Thaworn won the Queen's Cup in June to match countryman Thongchai Jaidee for the most wins on the Asian Tour.