Things were a lot better than the first day,but they could be a lot better than what they were today on Day Two of the Hero Indian Open at the KGA. It sounds strange to say that,but that is how it is in golf. You just need to go out there,do the best and keep going back to do better than what you did last.
From weather to form and luck,things can change fast. We played in cool weather in the morning,but by afternoon it was raining and that made things tough for the players coming in late.
I had a three-over 74 on first day,which puts you in a danger zone,so that one-under 70 on the second gave me some chance to improve further over the weekend. Still I would say it has been disappointing because I have been steady without getting my breaks or slices of luck. I suppose golf teaches you that you go a long time without things coming your way and then the tide turns in your favour. Till then you need to keep going.
It was a no-frills round with two birdies and one bogey and rest pars. Yet it has left me way behind. Thats golf!
I started on the tenth and like the first round it was a birdie-start though it was from the first hole yesterday. Then for five of the next six holes,I created a lot of chances by hitting well and getting to the greens. But I missed the birdie putts and came back with just pars.
On the 17th I went into the hazard,took a penalty drop but hit a great second shot and holed a 15-18 footer for par. That was as satisfying as a birdie. On the very next hole I missed a 10-footer for birdie.
The first three holes on second nine,the front side of the KGA,were solid pars and on the fifth I missed a six-footer for birdie. But fortunately I did manage one on the sixth,where I hit my 3-wood and 8-iron to four feet and holed it. On the seventh,from the centre of the fairway I reached the green and three-putted for a bogey,which left me with a bad taste. The last two were pars,so a 70 it was.
When I came off the course,I felt the cut would fall at two or three-over. Now I need to focus on the last two days and pull myself up for a good finish. I want to remember the positives like the top-10 of last year,because in 36 holes you can change the scene a lot.
Up near the top,Richie Ramsay,playing with Shiv (Kapur) shot a second 66 and is sitting well at 10-under. Gaganjeet Bhullar was steady at two-under and he is now five-under and the best Indian. Shiv Kapur is at four-under,but the man to watch over the weekend could be Jyoti Randhawa,who after todays 68 is at two-under for 36 holes.