Bhullar, Praegant joint leader at Gujarat Kensville Challenge

Gaganjeet Bhullar and Florian Praegant of Austria shared the lead after the second round of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge

Ahmedabad: Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar and Florian Praegant of Austria shared the lead after the second round of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge golf tournament here on Friday.

Bhullar added a two-under par to his overnight 70 but Praegant shot a one-under with a last hole birdle to finish along with the Indian at a 36-hole total of four-under 140.

The duo are being chased by overnight leader Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh who was just a stroke behind at 141.

Englishman Matt Ford shot the day`s best of four-under 68 to move up to joint fourth position along with India`s Abhishek Jha, and Englishmen Daniel Denison and Matthew Baldwin who all were tied at 142.

Beginning from the 10th, Bhullar was in full flow with birdies on the first two holes. A bad tee shot cost him a stroke on the 14th as he took the turn at one-under.

On the back nine, the 23-year-old fired two more birdies on the third and eighth and went over on the fourth to finish his round with a two-under.

"You have to precise with your tee shot as there are water bodies and out of bounds on almost every hole," said the lad from Kapurthala.

"It is a long course. The greens are tough as they are hard at the moment and are playing fast. I had trouble putting as I have recently changed my putter. This is the first tournament I`ve used it and it is a bit heavy. I was leaving my putts a bit short, but I think I am getting accustomed to the pace now," said Bhullar.
The other leader Praegant will also be looking for a victory here. It was in 2006 when an adventurous dive into the sea landed him with a broken neck and rendered him immobile for more than three months. But he came back strongly and earned a card on the main Tour.

Praegant birdied his opening hole and with a bogey on the 17th, he remained even par for the front nine. An eventful back nine saw him making three birdies on the third, fifth and ninth along with a double bogey on the sixth.

"Compared to the opening day I`m not as happy with my round today, as I only hit ten greens. Some of my tee shots went awry and my short game was also a little suspect, so the only reason I shot under par was because of my putter, which was working well. Hopefully it works for me as well over the next two days," he said.

"I don`t know much about Bhullar but I read in the papers that he`s one of India`s top players, so I`m looking forward to playing with him. But I`m just going to stick to my own game plan of trying to keep the ball in play," he added.

PTI