CJ Cup: Shubhankar Sharma shines with day's best 8-under 64, moves up by 45 places on leaderboard
Shubhankar Sharma blazed through the first nine in 6-under 30 on way to carding an 8-under 64, leapfrogging 45 places to be T-26 by the third round of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on Saturday.
Jeju Island: Shubhankar Sharma blazed through the first nine in 6-under 30 on way to carding an 8-under 64, leapfrogging 45 places to be T-26 by the third round of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on Saturday.
It was the day's best card and saw Sharma zoom from T-71st to T-26.
Sharma, who shot 74-75 on first two days and was 5-over for 36 holes, is now 3-under for 54 holes but as much as 10 shots behind the leader, Brooks Koepka (67).
Koepka, who can become World No 1 with a win this week, is 13-under 203, while Ian Poulter (68) is tied for second place with second-round leader Scott Piercy (72) with 9-under 207.
The third round sizzler brought a huge smile on Sharma's face.
"Really happy with the way I played today. I knew before starting that I had to go low to have any chance going into the weekend. Even for a good finish I had to go low today.
"I had four birdies in the first five after starting from the tenth. That's always good when you're 4 under after five. Then I made two more on the 17th and the 18th to go out in 6-under. I actually had a great start. Made two-three putts on the front nine (of the course), but still pretty happy with the 8 under."
As for any specific part of the game clicking, Sharma said, "I think everything just kind of turned around for me. Today I was in a better zone today compared to the first two days, I didn't get agitated with myself. I still hit a few bad shots, but I was very, very calm on the course and I think that's what kept me going."
There were six golfers tied for fourth, including Rafa Cabrera Bello (65) and first-round leader Chez Reavie (70). The others were Pat Perez (68), Cameron Smith (67), Jamie Lovemark (68) and Gary Woodland (68).
Current World No 4 Justin Thomas shot a 71 and is at 1-under, 11 strokes behind Koepka and tied for 43rd.
Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, fired a one-under par 70 to stand on five-under 208 after 54 holes at Torrey Pines with Hughes, who fired a 68, and Henley, who saved par from a bunker at 18 to shoot 71.
The 26-year-old Spaniard remains an oddsmakers favorite this week at Torrey Pines as he chases his first major victory two weeks after being forced to withdraw from the Memorial with a six-stroke lead through 54 holes.
The 26-year-old Castren, who started the day two shots back, finished at 14-under 274 at the Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco.