Delhi golfer Rashid Khan and Shankar Das share the lead after round two even as defending champion Om Prakash Chouhan (77-78) missed the cut at the The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) Players Championship being played at the Oxford Golf and Country Club,in Pune on Wednesday.
Rashid shot a five-under-67,the day’s joint best score,to join Shankar at the top of the leaderboard at seven-under-137. Shankar fired a two-under-70.
Om Prakash Chouhan totaled 11-over-155 after the first two rounds. Bangalore’s Anirban Lahiri is one stroke off the lead in tied third along with the Delhi duo of Shamim Khan and Vinod Kumar. The cut was declared at three-over-147 and 50 golfers made the cut.
Shankar (67-70),the overnight leader,made a solid start in round two with seven straight pars. Shankar rolled in a 10-footer for his first birdie of the day on the eighth. A brilliant chip set up a birdie for Shankar on the ninth and took his score to two-under for the round. But two poor shots on the 13th led to a bogey for the soft-spoken golfer.
Shankar closed the day on a high after securing a birdie on the 18th. He hit an astonishing approach shot from 115 yards out on the 18th that hit the edge of the hole and lipped out.
Four consecutive birdies
Rashid (70-67),who was overnight tied third,began the day with a bogey on the 10th but then rallied with four successive birdies from the 13th through the 16th. He knocked in a 10-feet putt on the 13th and followed that up with a 15-feet conversion on the 14th.
Rashid,who finished second in the 2012 Rolex Rankings,kept up the good work with clinical chip-putts for birdies on the 15th and 16th. He picked up two more birdies on the fifth and ninth to end the day with a laudable 67.
“I hit 15 greens in regulation on both days but I grabbed more chances on the greens in the second round. The weather conditions were much better today as it just drizzled for a brief spell in the morning. I felt more comfortable on the course today and thus shot a lower number,” said the Delhi golfer.