Chowrasia moves to tied fifth in Indonesia

PTI| Last Updated: Apr 25, 2014, 20:01 PM IST

Jakarta: Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia fired a flawless six-under 66 to climb to tied fifth at the halfway stage of the weather-hit CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters here today.

Chowrasia, who shot 71 in the first round, is now seven-under 137 for two rounds but three shots behind leader, Chinese Taipei`s Lin Wen-tang (64), USD $750,000 event. Anirban Lahiri added a 69 to his first round 70 and at five-under 139 he was tied ninth. Jyoti Randhawa (72-68), Rashid Khan (70-70) and Rahil Gangjee (70-70) were tied 16th, while Sujjan Singh (68-74), the best Indian on day one, was now tied 30th. Also making the cut were Arjun Atwal (70-74) in tied 46th place. Digvijay Singh (73-78) and Chiragh Kumar (77-77) missed the cut while Himmat Rai (73 and four-over through 15) was also likely to miss out.

Chowrasia with a birdie on third was one-under at the turn and then fired five birdies between 10th and 15th to get six-under. I am playing at least two good rounds each week and often when I am hitting well I am not putting as well. When the putter does work, the scores show. Hopefully I can get together four good rounds and be in contention on Sunday, said Chowrasia, a two-time winner of co-sanctioned events with Europe.

Lahiri, three time winner on Asian Tour, had four birdies and one bogey.
Up on top, Lin took advantage of a well-rested break and fired a sparkling eight-under-par 64 to take the second round clubhouse lead.

Inclement weather brought the day`s action to a halt at 5pm (local time) and 19 players will now have to return to Royale Jakarta Golf Club to resume their round at 6.45pm (local time) on Saturday.

Australian rookie Cameron Smith continued to impress in what is only his second start on the Asian Tour by carding a 67 to trail Lin by one while a grieving Nicholas Fung of Malaysia held back his emotions and battled to a 69 to share third place with Thailand?s Chapchai Nirat.