Rashid Khan tied 10th at Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters


Shah Alam (Malaysia) : Indian golfer Rashid Khan, who turned a professional after the Asian Games last year, scored three-under 69 and rose to tied 10th place in the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters golf here Friday.

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Khan was the best Indian, while Jyoti Randhawa, former Asian tour No. 1, slipped from sixth to 16th following a disappointing 72 and was six-under for three rounds.

Rashid, a member of the silver medal winning Indian team as an amateur at last November’s Asian Games, shot three-under 69 to move to seven-under in tied 10th place.

Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat putted great to take a two-shot lead with one round to go. The 18-year-old Panuphol, shot five-under-par 67 to get to 13-under 203. He was followed by Antonio Lascuna of the Philippines (66).

Rashid Khan said: “I’m playing on a sponsor’s invite. Whenever I have a chance I’ve got to try to make full use of the playing opportunities on the Asian Tour. The bogey on last hole was disappointing. I bogeyed both par fives.”

Three Indians – Gaurav Ghei (71), Sujjan Singh (74) and Himmat Rai (72) – were tied 28th while Anirban Lahiri (74) was tied 50th and Gaganjeet Bhullar(74) was tied 63rd.

Randhawa said: “Putting let me down. The greens are too fast. I can’t get the speed. Sometimes it was too hard, sometimes it was too soft. It was a lack of touch. I’ve not played for a month, so you just lose your feel around the greens.”