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Bhullar takes one shot lead in Fiji

Bhullar chasing 9th Asian Tour victory and European Tour status (Photo: PGA of Australia)
India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar, an eight-time winner on the Asian Tour, takes a one-shot lead into the final round of the Fiji International at Natadola Bay, the ahead by one over Victorian Terry Pilkadaris, West Australian Jarryd Felton and Queenslanders Andrew Dodt and Jake Mcleod.

30 year old Bhullar, whose last win came at the Macau Open last year, recorded the equal best round of the day (69) on a day when only four players broke 70 to take the lead heading into tomorrow’s final round.

“I had a great start to the day,” said Bhullar. “I started with two good birdies and then I kept on hitting the ball really well and the ball was in play throughout the round.  I think today my striking was really, really good.  Despite the windy conditions, I kept the ball in play, and actually I holed a lot of really tricky putts today. 

“Looking at the scores, it wasn't an easy round of golf today.  Wind was howling, it was gusty, especially on the back nine. But yeah, I'm glad I played well today and it's good to be back in contention. It's never easy to play in this kind of situations, but I remember the last tournament I won was in Macau and it was really, really windy. 

“So of course I do have a lot of positive memories playing in this kind of situation. Golf is an individual game.  You just have to stick to your own routine and the process.  I think that's going to be my game plan tomorrow.”

36-hole leader, Ben Campbell, could only manage a round of 77 but he is still just two shots from the lead while tournament marquee player Ernie Els is within striking distance and just three shots from the lead after his equal best round of the day 69.

Birdies at his final two holes brought Els into calculation for tomorrow’s final round and will ensure the event gets the coverage it is seeking world wide as the South African chases his first win anywhere in six years.

“It's been a while (to be in contention), so it's very nice,” said Els.  “We're having a good week, myself, my daughter, my wife.  We're enjoying Fiji.  And the locals have been wonderful, everyone's been great.  So it's nice to play a tournament and actually, as I said, have a sniff at it tomorrow.

15 players are within five shots of the lead suggesting tomorrow’s final round will be a real shootout and with European Tour status at stake for many it could well be a career changing day for someone.

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