Daniel Chopra leads Nationwide Tour championships

Charleston (US): Daniel Chopra fired a record-breaking 10-under 62 with one of the most immaculate putting displays in the second round to take a share of the lead at the midway stage of the Nationwide Tour Championship.

Chopra, who is sitting precariously in the 24th place on the Money List -- the top-25 make the PGA Tour next year, went into the overdrive with a brilliant show.

He followed his modest first round 72 with a stunning 62 in second.

Chopra, winner of the Fresh Classic earlier in the season, one-putted 16 times and shares the lead with Jason Kokrak, a two-time winner, who has 67-67 in two rounds going into the weekend in the USD 1 million event.

Roberto Castro is at 8-under 136 after his second straight round of 4-under 68.

Danny Lee, winner of the WNB Golf Classic this fall, shot a 65 and heads a group of three players at 7-under 137.

The 37-year-old Chopra, who learnt to play golf at the Delhi Golf Club, had six birdies on the trot in his first six holes.

"It was a dream start. The first six holes I just played flawlessly. Every shot was just about perfect. When you get on a little dream run like that everything seems easy," he said.

He was seven-under 29 for the front nine with just 10 putts. His only two-putt came from 25 feet on the par-5, sixth hole for birdie. Placed at seven-under through eight, Chopra was in sight of history for the second time this year.

Earlier this year at the Fresh Express Classic, Chopra was 10-under through 17 holes on the par-70 TPC Stonebrae course but bogeyed the final hole for a nine-under 61.

"I got a little protective with my score. I was trying to guide it out there a little bit and that never works. Maybe I got a little bit aware of it (shooting a 59) and was a tad apprehensive," said Chopra.

He made the turn and settled for five pars to open the back nine before returning to a more aggressive mode that resulted in birdies on three of his final four holes.

Chopra is looking to return to the PGA Tour, where he has won twice, once each in 2007 and 2008.

"I`ve been in this same position all year long," said Chopra, winner of the Fresh Express Classic back in April.

"I felt that one good tournament would get me into safe territory but that hasn`t happened yet. Hopefully, come Sunday I will be in a position of worrying about winning a golf tournament instead of being in the top-25," he added.

Kokrak, No 4 on the Nationwide money list, is assured of a PGA TOUR spot in 2012. But a win will earn him a full exemption for his third win this year and an exemption into The Players Championship.

This year he won Albertsons Boise Open and Miccosukee Championship in Miami earlier this month.


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