TERRY Pilkadaris’ brave run at the brutally difficult Indian Open has faltered in the third round, the veteran dropping four shots to par in the 13 holes he completed before play was suspended.
Pilkadaris began the day at 1-under the card, one of only 11 players in red figures through 36 holes and just four shots from the lead.
But the West Australian added his name to the list of victims of the DLF Golf and Country Club on day three when he opened with back to back bogeys and added three more, alongside a lone birdie, before darkness stopped play.
Pilkadaris and Wade Ormsby were the only two Australians to survive the cut which came at 6-over, the highest on the European Tour since the 2016 US Open which was also 6-over.
Australians Todd Sinnott, Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend and Brett Rumford were all among that number, Sinnott the only one of the four not to return a score in the 80’s.
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Sinnott posted rounds of 74-79 while Fraser shot 82-73, Hend 73-82 and Rumford 74-82 on a golf course which saw 48 rounds in the 80’s recorded over the first two days.
Just 11 players remain in red figures with 42 golfers still to complete round three.
Pilkadris currently sits T23 at 3-over for the tournament while Ormsby is two shots further back and T36 with two holes left to play in his third round.
While the bulk of the field have found the going tough in New Delhi the leaders have figured the course out to a degree with three players sharing the lead at 6-under.
Defending champion S.S.P Chawrasia and England’s Eddie Pepperell were part of a three way tie after 36 holes and both are 1-under for the day through 11 to maintain a share of top spot.
They’ve been joined by Spain’s Carlos Pigem who is 4-under for his third round while Malaysia’s Danny Chia, part of the lead group at 5-under at the halfway mark, has dropped five shots on day three to plummet to a share of 12th.
Another Malaysian, Gavin Green, produced some fireworks Saturday when he reeled off six consecutive birdies from the fifth and at 5-under for the tournament through 17 holes is just one off the pace.
Co-leader Pepperell said the course was a relentless test with every shot requiring 100 per cent focus to avoid disaster.
"The greens are firm, the pin positions are tricky,” he said.
“The greens are like something you would find at Disneyland. It's difficult. The fairways are tight, there's no let-up.
“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 players will return to the course at 7am local time to complete round three.