Shubhankar lies fifth at Open de Espana; Rafa leads the field

Madrid, Oct 10 (Golf news) Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma carded a sedate one-under 70 in the third round to slip two places to lie tied fifth at the ACCIONA Open de España here.

Sharma, who shot 67-64 on first two days, had just two birdies against one bogey in the third round to lie at 12-under.

He shared the fifth place with overnight leader Wil Besseling (72), Alexander Levy (65) and Richard Bland (64).

Sharma, who has been showing good signs over the past few weeks, is looking at his first Top-5 or better in this season and also a comfortable place in the Top-60 for Race to Dubai's World Tour Championships later in the year.

Sharma birdied seventh and 14th and dropped a shot on 11th.

Rafa Cabrera Bello carded a bogey free 64 to take a two shot lead into the final round. The former World Top-50 player moved to 17-under.

Cabrera Bello has won this event at every age level from under-seven to under-18 as an amateur but now a win as a professional event would rank very highly in his list of career highlights.

Fellow Spaniard Adri Arnaus and Frenchman Julien Guerrier were his nearest challengers after rounds of 67 and 66 respectively, a shot clear of England's Jack Senior.

Overnight leader Wil Besseling, England's Richard Bland, Frenchman Alexander Levy and Shubhankar Sharma were then five shots off the lead.

Home favourite and World Number One Jon Rahm was at 11-under after a 72 alongside Dane Lucas Bjerregaard, Scottish trio David Drysdale, Grant Forrest and Marc Warren, and English pair Matthew Jordan and Ross McGowan.

Also Read : Sharma lands two eagles in second round, moves to 3rd place in Spain

News Source : PTI


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