India's Rashid Khan maintained his two-shot lead at the end of the third round of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open as Bangladesh's Sajib Ali kept himself in the hunt six shots adrift yesterday.
The 28-year-old Rashid (65-66-70) kept hopes of his 11th title alive with his second flawless round of the tournament as his total score read 15-under-par (201) at the 40-lakh-rupee event.
Indian rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul also returned a 70 at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club on Friday to be on the leader's tail at 13-under-par (203) while Udayan Mane produced the day's best score of 65 to climb to third place at 12-under-par (204).
Sajib was the only Bangladeshi golfer, among the 16 who have made the cut, inside the top 10. The 30-year-old settled for a one-under yesterday to be tied at 10th at nine-under-par (207).
Rashid, who won the last of his 10 titles in December 2018, said: “My short-game wasn't that good today. However, I stuck to my task and still managed a decent two-under. Importantly, I've dropped just one bogey in the tournament so far and kept the errors out and that adds to my confidence going into the final round.”
Defending champion N Thangaraja of Sri Lanka was tied at 12th at eight-under-208 while Bangladesh's Dulal Hossain and Mohammad Nazim were tied at 17th and 19th with aggregate scores of seven-under-par (209) and six-under-par (210) respectively.