Chandigarh golfer Sujjan Singh was tied 53 rd with a score of six -over 150 on the second day of the Solaire Open being played at Manila. Rahil Gangjee dropped two crucial bogeys in the last three holes but still moved into contention to move into the top-10 at tied ninth.
At 144 he was par for two rounds and only two shots behind the foursome leading the field at two-under in a low-scoring event at the Wack Wack course,which is proving to be tough for scoring. Gangjee was one of the four Indians to make the cut,with Abhinav Lohan riding a birdie spree of four in a row from 15th to 18th. He carded 71 and totalled three-over 147 in tied 29th place. Sujjan Singh rallied from a first round 79 to card 71 in second and at six-overt to be tied 53 rd.
Also making the cut was Himmat Rai,who shot 33 with five birdies and one double on front nine and then went to 43 on back nine. He is tied 64th at seven-over. Missing the cut were Chiragh Kumar (72-78) and Ajeetesh Sandhu (76-81). Chinese Taipei star Lin Wen-tang (73) was tied with Thai duo Thammanoon Sriroj (69) and Kwanchai Tannin (71) and Australia’s Matt Jager (72) on two-under-par 142 after a blustery day.
Gangjee said,”I’m extremely happy. This golf course can get to you so you need to relax,stay calm and call upon all your experience so that you can prevail. I’m not really surprised to be in contention but Im glad. As I said,you have to hit the golf ball in the correct places and hit the drivers on the fairways.”
He added,”My hitting has been good for the last couple of years. I have no complains at all. The putting is much better now. I’ve been working on my rhythm and stroke. In fact,Ashok Kumar was helping me last week and he has done a good job. My putter has been going a little bit out so I’ve been working on getting it a little bit squarer on the plane.”