Indian golfer Vani Kapoor carded a 1-under 71 to sit one shot off the lead at T-2 after the third round of the Big Green Egg Open. As three-time Major champion Anna Nordqvist moved to 7-under, Kapoor was 6-under and tied second with Austria’s Sarah Schober (73) after 54 holes at the Rosendaelsche Golf Club.
Diksha Dagar, the other Indian in Top-5, shot 73 that included a rough patch with three bogeys in four holes from eighth to 11th. She slipped to T-5 but is only three off the lead and two behind Kapoor. Amandeep Drall (74) was T-30 and Ridhima Dilawari (77) slipped to 63rd.
Birdies on the fourth and tenth gave the 28-year-old Kapoor the lead at one point in the day, before a dropped shot on the 15th saw her fall back into a tie for second. A missed birdie putt on 18 summed up Kapoor’s day on the greens, but she is excited to play in the final group in an LET event for the first time.
“I left quite a few putts out there, I gave myself a lot of chances. I putted well but they didn’t go in the hole – I had two lip-outs and one stopped on the edge – but I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow,” Kapoor said.
“My accuracy is helping on this course, this course is tight and you need to hit fairways and greens here, and as long as I keep doing that the scores will keep coming. I’m really excited to be in the final group, I’m glad that things are falling together and I’m finally here, and I hope tomorrow goes well as well. To play with Anna will be amazing and I’m really looking forward to it.”
It was a return to form for Nordqvist at the start of the weekend, who overturned a six-shot deficit from the start of the day to take the ascendency, and she was delighted with her day’s efforts. Schober also sits on 6-under with 18 holes left to play, with the Austrian picking up four shots in her final four holes to card a third round score of 1-over 73.
Sitting one shot back on 5-under is Nuria Iturrioz, with the Spaniard rolling in birdies on 12 and 18 while dropping a shot on 15 to register a third round score of 1-under 71. In fifth place Kiwi Momoka Kobori sits alongside England’s Liz Young (71), German amateur Alexandra Frsterling (72), Dagar (73) and overnight leader Whitney Hillier (78), with the quintet all sitting on -4 after 54 holes.