Chandigarh, March 29 2008: Mukesh Kumar fired a bogey-free 68 in the third round of the Centurion Bank of Punjab Open Golf Championship 2008 to extend his lead to five strokes. Mukesh is looking good for his third title of the 2007-08 PGTI season as his total reads twelve under 204. Gaganjeet Bhullar who shot 71 on Saturday is five strokes behind Mukesh in second position at seven under 209. Vijay Kumar is in third position as he trails Bhullar by one stroke. Mukesh Kumar (67, 69, 68) was the leader for the third consecutive day after his third round effort of four under 68. On the front nine, the professional from Mhow made eight pars and a birdie on the second. He then picked up the pace on the back nine with birdies on the 13th, 17th and 18th. "I’ve led for three consecutive days of a tournament after a very long time and it feels great. My putting was good on the front nine today even though my hitting was quite ordinary. I then got aggressive on the back nine and as a result picked up some birdies," said Mukesh. He added, "It’s not going to be easy tomorrow despite the fact that I have a big lead. The players behind me, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Vijay Kumar and Harendra Gupta are quite capable of shooting very low scores on the final day so I cannot afford to relax." Gaganjeet Bhullar (69, 69, 71) is placed second heading into the final round. His total moved to seven under 209 after he carded one under 71 in the third round. Bhullar sank birdies on the sixth, 13th and 17th and dropped bogeys on the first and ninth on Saturday. Bhullar said, "I started with a bogey on the first and then struggled on the front nine. I did not hit my irons well today and also did not hole many easy putts. I hope to have a far better round tomorrow." Vijay Kumar (69, 69, 72) lies third at six under 210. Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta (71, 72, 68) and Delhi’s Manav Jaini (71, 70, 70) are tied fourth with an overall score of five under 211.Another Chandigarh-based professional Sujjan Singh (71, 75, 67) is tied sixth along with C Muniyappa (69, 70, 74). The two have a total of three under 213. Gurbaaz Mann’s 66 on Saturday was the best round of the tournament so far. He had shot 73 and 75 in the first two rounds. Mann is currently placed tied eighth as his total stands at two under 214. The Chandigarh golfer was one under at the turn having made birdies on the third and sixth and a bogey on the ninth. He then had an incredible back nine as he sank four consecutive birdies from the 11th to the 14th and another one on the 16th. Arjun Singh (72, 74, 70) is tied 10th at even par 216.Digvijay Singh (76, 72, 70) is in tied 17th position at two over 218. Harmeet Kahlon (71, 72, 75) and first round leader Ashbeer Saini (67, 73, 78) joined Digvijay in tied 17th place.