Gangjee best as four Indians make cut at Manila

Manila: It was tough day out there for the Indians as only four of the eight who started survived the midway cut at the ICTSI Philippine Open on Friday.

Rahil Gangjee, who was close to missing the cut after a first day 75, shot a two-under 70, one of the few under-par rounds to leap up to tied 17th at the halfway stage.

On a tough day also making the cut among Indians were Digvijay Singh (71-75), Anirban Lahiri (73-76) and Sujjan Singh, who squeezed inside the line with a birdie on the 18th for a card of 76 after a first round 74.

The fairways are narrow and missing them or the greens can prove costly. There were also swirling winds adding to the problem.

The other four Himmat Rai (73-78) at seven-over, Ajeetesh Sandhu (76-76), Chiragh Kumar (74-78), and Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-78) at eight-over missed the cut that came at six-over.

Singapore`s experienced Mardan Mamat produced a masterful two-under-par 70 in tough conditions. Chasing a third Asian Tour victory but first since 2006, the veteran tamed the notorious Wack Wack Golf and Country Club’s East course with two birdies against no bogeys to lead American Ben Fox and local hopes Antonio Lascuna and Ferdinand Aunzo with his two-day total of five-under-par 139.

Lascuna battled to a 71, Aunzo shot a 70 while Fox scrambled to a 73 in Asia’s oldest national championship to lie on 142. Korea?s Mo Joong-kyung, Filipino teenager Miguel Tabuena, Chinese Taipei’s Lu Tze-shyan and American rookie Sam Cyr were amongst those bunched on 143 going into the weekend rounds.

Only 10 players are in red figures at the halfway stage, with the cut set at six-over-par 150 which saw 79 players making it through to the weekend rounds of the USD 300,000 tournament.