Chowrasia slips to tied 12th after Rd 2 of Hong Kong Open
Hong Kong: At tied 12th, SSP Chowrasia (69)
remained the highest-placed Indian but it was Jeev Milkha
Singh who brought home the best card among his compatriots --
a three-under 67 -- in the second round of the Hong Kong Open
golf tournament here today.
Chowrasia was six-under 134 overall after picking up two
birdies against a lone bogey at the Hong Kong Golf course.
Jeev, meanwhile, stroked in five birdies against a couple of
bogeys to leapfrog 40 places to tied 54th with a total of
"I feel my game is getting better, my putting and driving
have improved as well. I was practically struggling with my
games over the past one year but now it`s getting better. So
I`m pretty happy," an elated Chowrasia said.
Jyoti Randhawa was a stroke adrift of Chowrasia after he
too turned in a 69 to go down six places to tied 22nd.
Randhawa got off to a brilliant start and made the turn
at two-under before things turned worse. The back-nine
comprised two bogeys, against a lone birdie, as Randhawa
slipped down the leaderboard.
A mid-round slump also prevented Shiv Kapur from building
on a good start as he carded a second successive two-under 68.
With a birdie-hat-trick from the second to fourth hole,
it was a perfect start to the proceedings for Kapur but three
bogeys between the fifth and 15th hole brought him back to
However, Kapur managed to recover in time for
back-to-back birdies on the closing holes to gain six places
on the leaderboard and be tied 34th with a total of four-under
Further down, Rahil Gangjee turned in an even-par card to
be three-under overall at tied 43rd.
Overnight tied 16th with an opening round of 66,
Gaganjeet Bhullar had a tough day as he only found bogeys,
stumbling to four for a card of four-over 74 that left him
tied 83rd with a total of even-par 140.
Gaurav Ghei (74) and Anirban Lahiri (72) were tied 110th
with a total of three-over 143.
After the poor three-over 73 in the opening round, C
Muniyappa carded a slightly improved one-over 71 but he still
slipped a rung to tied 119th at one-over overall.
Digvijay Singh followed him a stroke behind at tied 123rd
after returning a one-under 69.
At the top, there was a four-way tie for the lead with
French Gregory Bourdy (67), Dutch Robert-Jan Derksen (68),
Chinese Liang Wen-chong (65) and South African Charl
Schwartzel (66) totalling nine-under after two rounds.