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Chadha and Ashbeer lead in Faldo Series Asia Grand final

India`s Abhijit Chadha will take a one shot lead into the final day of the fifth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final after firing a second round 69 at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China.



Shenzhen: India`s Abhijit Chadha will take a one shot lead into the final day of the fifth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final after firing a second round 69 at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China.

Chadha is at two-under 142 and will be playing alongside compatriot Ashbeer Saini in the third and final round.

Ashbeer, the 17-year-old from Punjab, is one shot behind after adding a second round 71 to his first round 72.

Both players are hoping to become the second Faldo Series Asia champion from India after two-time winner Rashid Khan who won in 2008 and 2009 and turned professional in 2010.
The 19-year-old Chadha, a member of the Indian team that won silver at the Asian Games in November, got off to the best possible start with three birdies and an eagle in his first seven holes on his way to a three-under 69.

Overnight leader Jin Daxing, 18, of China struggled to a 75 after his opening 69 but is only two shots off the lead on level par.

Defending champion Masamichi Ito of Japan lies in fourth place on two over par after a second 73.

The best card of the day was brought by Hong Kong`s Terrence Ng with a score of four-under, followed by Abhijit with a score of three-under Chadha, who played with an upset stomach, looked like opening a big lead till his double bogey on the 17th.
Starting from the 10th he birdied the 10th, 12th, and 16th and eagled the 14th to go five-under for the day and four-under for the tournament.

The double on 17th cost him two shots but he kept the lead. He leads by one shot and in his own category he is five clear.

Ashbeer had a steady round with four birdies and three bogeys and finished one-under today as well as for the tournament to be in the sole second.

Trishul also improved considerably over his score of 5 over yesterday to finish one-over today. Overall he is placed fourth in his group six behind the leader.

Ankur had a forgettable day with a score of 84 for a total of score of 158.

Among girls, Vani also improved considerably over her performance to finish the day two-over and take her overall score to 156.

Heading the challenge for the Faldo Series Asia girls` title is China`s Wu Sha and Liu Yi-Chen of Chinese Taipei, both at five-over 149.

As many as 79 golfers from 17 different countries are at Mission Hills for the fifth edition of the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final.

The largest ever line-up includes representatives from 14 Asian countries, including 21 golfers from mainland China, besides others from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and England.

PTI

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