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Randhawa, Muniyappa face exit, Weather hits Ballantine C`ship

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 17:43

Jeju Island (Korea): Gaganjeet Bhullar could not even start his second round, while Jyoti Randhawa and C Muniyappa are set to make an early exit from the weather-hit Ballantine`s Championship golf tournament after returning identical two-over 74 today.

Bhullar, who had opened his account with a strong
four-under 68, remained indoor as inclement weather hit the
USD 2.9 million showpiece event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour,
European Tour and the Korea PGA.

In fact, the opening round fog disruption, where almost
six hours of play was lost, left officials with no choice but
to reduce the tournament to three rounds so as to ensure a
Sunday finish.

Among other Indians in fray, Delhi golfer Shiv Kapur
(143) followed his opening round 70 with a one-over 73 to lie
provisional 44th.

It is, however, going to be end of all roads for the
Indian quartet of Randhawa (146), C Muniyappa (147), Himmat
Rai (158) and Anirban Lahiri (162) who are set to fall outside
the cutline which would be set at 144.

Randhawa managed only two birdies in his round of 74,
which had four bogeys in it.

Muniyappa also needed a sub-par card to hang around but
he too dropped four bogeys, as against a couple of birdies, to
crash out.

Thailand`s Thongchai Jaidee kept up his title defence by
carding five-under 67 to take a share of the clubhouse lead.

Argentina`s Tano Goya posted a 70 to move atop the
leaderboard alongside Thongchai on a two-day total of
eight-under 136.


First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 17:43
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