Braving the trying conditions,Ranjit Singh of Chandigarh continued with his impressive form as he was in joint lead along with the Delhi duo of Rashid Khan and Manav Jaini after round two of the PGTI Players Championship being played at the Classic Golf Resort in Mewat,Haryana. The three golfers have identical totals of six-under-138 at the halfway stage.
The cut was declared at three-over-147. A total of 51 professionals and three amateurs made the cut.
Ranjit (68-70),yet to win his maiden title,came up with a gritty performance for the second day in succession to find himself at the top of the leaderboard. His round of 70 on Wednesday featured five birdies and three bogeys.
Ranjit,who was overnight tied fifth,said,”I’ve been hitting my tee shots to perfection and my putting has been very consistent. However,I need to improve on my approach shots and chipping if I have to stay in contention this week.”
Rashid Khan (67-71) produced two birdies against a lone bogey in his second round. Rashid thus held on to his overnight joint lead. Rashid said,”My hitting has been very poor over the last two days. I’m in a strong position at the moment due to my good form with the putter. I need to keep the ball in play and try to hit more regulations.”
Manav Jaini (67-71) also held on to his overnight joint lead after he made four birdies and three bogeys in the second round.
Maniram Sharma of Karnal and Gurgaon-based amateur Abhishek Kuhar were one stroke behind the joint leaders in tied fourth place.
Chandigarh’s Gurbaaz Mann fired a hole-in-one on the 17th on his way to a second straight 70 that placed him tied sixth at four-under-140. Shamim Khan of Delhi,Mhow’s Om Prakash Chouhan,Gaurav Pratap Singh of Noida,Lucknow golfer Sanjay Kumar and Gurgaon-based amateur Shubhankar Sharma joined Gurbaaz Mann in tied sixth place.