Panchkula: Vijay Kumar of Lucknow continued his red-hot form and turned in a brilliant six-under 66 to open up a five-stroke lead after the second round of the Haryana Open here on Friday.
He totalled 13-under 131 at the Panchkula Golf Club, while Sri Lanka`s Anura Rohana is in second place with a total of eight-under 136.
Mukesh Kumar posted a 67 to share third place at seven-under 137 along with Ashok Kumar and Bangladesh`s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, both of whom shot scores of 70.
Chandigarh`s Harendra Gupta, Balwinder Singh Mattu of Jalandhar and Amardip Sinh Malik are tied sixth at six-under 138.
Harendra Gupta shot a 66 in round two was the best score of the day along with Vijay Kumar`s 66.
C Muniyappa is placed tied ninth at five-under 139 while Gaganjeet Bhullar`s second round 68 placed him tied 17th at one-under 143.
Vijay Kumar built on his first round effort by firing eight birdies against two bogeys on Thursday.
Vijay made a solid start and picked a birdie on the first hole. He picked up another shot on the fifth and continued to have a field day as he bagged more birdies on the seventh, eighth, 10th, 11th and 12th.
He bogeyed the 15th after finding the bushes but came back strongly with a chip-in for birdie on the 17th. A bogey on the 18th meant he closed the day with a round of 66.
Anura sank five birdies and three bogeys.