New Delhi - Defending
champion SSP Chawrasia jointly held the lead at the weather-hit Hero
Indian Open in New Delhi on Saturday along with Eddie Pepperell of
England and Spain's Carlos Pigem.
With over four hours of play lost to thunder and lightning on days
one and two, the three leading players will return on Sunday morning to
finish the third round.
Chawrasia and Pepperell reached six-under with seven to play when
darkness descended, while Pigem will face a putt on the 12th green when
play resumes at the DLF Golf and Country Club on Sunday.
Malaysian Gavin Green was a shot off the lead with one hole to play in fading light.
Chawrasia, the five-time Asian Tour winner who was leading overnight,
missed a short putt to bogey the second but bounced straight back to
maintain his position at the top.
"I stuck to the same game-plan that I had for the first two rounds," said Chawrasia, 38.
"I just wanted to hit straight, keep the ball in play and keep giving myself chances all the time."
After five opening pars, Pepperell dropped a shot on the sixth before
back-to-back gains on the eighth and ninth moved him back to the top of
"The greens are firm, the pin positions are tricky... It's difficult.
The fairways are tight, there's no let-up," said the Englishman.
"You need to hit good shot after good shot. I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing. I've got a game-plan."
The event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour for the
third straight year, carries an enhanced prize purse of $1.75 million.