Gaganjeet Bhullar, Ashok Kumar in the joint lead
2010-09-18 05:32:28 - Nksagar-Sagar Media Gurgaon, Sept 17, 2010:
Gaganjeet Bhullar and Ashok Kumar share the lead at nine under 135 after round two of the DLF Masters 2010. While Bhullar fired a solid 67 on Friday, Ashok produced the best round of the day, a brilliant seven under 65. Himmat Singh Rai is two strokes behind the leaders in third place and Jyoti Randhawa is fourth at six under 138.The cut was declared at five over 149. Fifty-three professionals made the cut.
Ashok Kumar (70-65) carded his best score of the year to climb from overnight tied ninth to joint first place on Friday. The professional from the Delhi Golf Club made an amazing nine birdies in the second round thanks to his fantastic hitting. He also had two bogeys.
Ashok said, “My iron-play was excellent today. I hit it within eight feet
on most holes and thus earned as many as nine birdies. I also made a 25 feet putt for birdie on the 11th. This is a great round for me considering the fact that I have been out of action due to a wrist injury for the last four months. Today’s round has given me a lot of confidence as far as my hitting is concerned.”
Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar (68-67) turned in a card of 67 to share the lead along with Ashok. Bhullar sank an eagle on the ninth besides making five birdies and two bogeys. The Kapurthala golfer continued his good hitting form as he made 16 greens in regulation for the second successive day.
“I fell just short of my goal of six under for the day. My putting was inconsistent but hitting was immaculate. I hit it close through the round and made eagle on the ninth courtesy of a five-iron second shot from 215 yards that landed within five feet of the pin. I also converted a 20-footer for birdie on the seventh,” said Bhullar.
Himmat Singh Rai (68-69) of the DLF Golf & Country Club is placed third at seven under 137. His round of 69 on Friday included an eagle on the par-four 15th where he holed his second shot from 75 yards.
Jyoti Randhawa (67-71) made 11 pars before dropping a bogey on the 12th. He followed that up with birdies on the 15th and 18th to sign off with a one under 71.
Randhawa said, “I’m very satisfied with my round today even though I made just two birdies. I did a good job in sticking to my routine. I missed only one putt for par. I was not very accurate off the tee and as a result I did not hit enough fairways. However, I got some momentum going after my first birdie of the day on the 15th.”
Mukesh Kumar, Anirban Lahiri, Gaurav Pratap Singh and Vinod Kumar lie tied fifth at five under 139.
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