Sharma lies 53rd as Pepperell takes lead in British Masters

Shubhankar Sharma. File Pic

The Belfry, UK, May 15: Shubhankar Sharma had an action-packed closing with birdies on 15th and 18th but also had two bogeys in between in his card of 1-under 71 in the third round of the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett. Sharma, the only one of the four Indians in the field to make the cut now has rounds of 73-71-71 for a total of 1-under 215 and lies T-53rd.

Sharma birdied third and fifth and raised hopes of a good day as he moved up. A bogey on the ninth was a step backward but after five pars, he finished with two birdies and two bogeys in the last four holes.

SSP Chawrasia, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Gaganjeet Bhullar had missed the cut earlier on.

England’s Eddie Pepperell’s bid to win the British Masters a second time got a boost as he carries a one stroke lead into the final round. Pepperell, who won this title in 2018 at Walton Heath, carded a four under par round of 68 on the Brabazon Course to sign for a 10-under par total.

Pepperell is one stroke ahead of a packed leaderboard which includes six players in a share of second place. That bunch included Italy’s Edoardo Molinari (64), the lowest round of the week and moved to 9-under. He was joined on that number by compatriot Guido Migliozzi.

Also on nine under are the Scottish duo of Calum Hill and Robert MacIntyre, and South Africa’s Dean Burmester and Adrian Meronk of Poland.

Tournament host Danny Willett is just three strokes behind Pepperell after a third round of 68 which included seven birdies.

For each birdie Willett makes this week, tournament title sponsor Betfred will donate £1,000 directly to Prostate Cancer UK, the 2016 Masters Champion’s choice of official charity. So far, the 33-year-old has raised £16,000 after 16 birdies across his first three rounds.

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