Bhullar stays ahead in Macau Golf Open

Macau: Gaganjeet Bhullar of India maintained his overnight advantage in the early stages of the second round in the 2012 Venetian Macau Golf Open here Friday, shooting a three-under-par 68 to lead 144 players.

After the fireworks of his opening round where he shot a superb 63, Bhullar was a bit more subdued in his second round with four birdies overcoming an opening bogey, reports Xinhua.

The 20-year-old newcomer Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand moved into contention with an impassive bogey-free 66 for second place while countryman Thongchai Jaidee was a further shot back after a 68 alongside Filipino star Angelo Que, Bangladeshi Siddikur and Kieran Pratt of Australia.

"Not as good as yesterday but considering the conditions right now, it`s not a bad score," said Bhullar.

"I could have done much better but there is a lot of golf left. I hit the ball good but had some bad luck."

Bhullar was delighted to maintain his form which has seen him win once and finished second and ninth in his last five starts.

"It always feels good to play in the lead group week after week," he said.

"It proves the standard of golf is improving. It`ll be nice. I`m looking forward to playing on the weekend. I`ll take the same strategy as the first two days. I`m just going to stick to my routine and my process and see what happens this weekend," said the three-time Asian Tour winner.