Wentworth (Britain), May 23 (IANS) Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia, the lone Indian to make the cut at the BMW PGA Championship on the European Tour, slid down the leaderboard with four bogeys on the back nine to drop from overnight tied 12th to tied 39th at the end of the third round of the championship.
Chowrasia, who opened with an excellent 67 on the first day had a 73 on the second and slipped to 76 on the third day. He is now three-over 216.
The leader is Chris Wood, the 22-year-old from Bristol, who had a shot to win The Open Championship last July. Wood takes a two-stroke lead into the final day of his first BMW PGA Championship.
Wood was two shots clear of Robert Karlsson, who after being three-over after two rounds, felt he would miss the cut and flew to Nice in Monaco. But he flew back when he learnt he had made the cut on the line and then went on to shoot a stunning nine-under 62.
He had five birdies on the front nine and four on the back nine and went up to tied second with first round leader, Danny Willett (70).
Karlsson could become the first man ever to win a European Tour event having made the cut with nothing to spare.
That is something Rory McIlroy did in the US earlier this month.
After 54 holes, Wood is on the eight-under-par mark of 205, with Karlsson up from 63rd to joint second with another 22-year-old Englishman making his debut in the event, first round leader Danny Willett.
Luke Donald’s 72 dropped him from halfway pacesetter to fourth, while defending champion Paul Casey and Padraig Harrington are part of a five-way tie for fifth, but now five shots adrift.