Jeev fires 64 to lie tied 7th after RD 2 at Singapore Open

Singapore : Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh fired a scintillating seven-under 64 to lie tied seventh before darkness led to suspension of play in the second round of the USD six million Barclays Singapore here on Friday.

The 2008 Singapore Open winner, Jeev sank as many as eight birdies against a lone bogey to take his two-day total to eight-under 134 at the Tanjong course with 28 golfers yet to complete their round.

Rahil Gangjee also surged ahead to tied 26 after bringing home an improved card of four-under 67, while Digvijay Singh carded a successive two-under 69 to share the tied 40th spot with Gaganjeet Bhullar, who scored three-under 68.

Shiv Kapur turned in an identical 68 to lie tied 55.

Jeev said the Serapong course is more challenging and it would be a tough task to score there for the next two days, where the final rounds are to be played.

"I`m glad I managed to hole a few putts out there on Friday. I hit the ball pretty well in Tanjong and in fact I hit it pretty well at the Serapong too. But that course is more
challenging and I made up today on the Tanjong course," said Jeev, who carded one-under 70 on the Serapong course on Thursday.

"It has worked for me. I went out there on the Tanjong and it was a scoring course. 64 on any day, on any golf course is great and I`ll take that anytime.

"Starting off a one-under from Serapong which is a tough course and I`m happy with that too. I left a few out there but there are two more days left and I`ll see what comes my way," he added.

The Chandigarh golfer picked up birdies at the third hole before hitting a birdie hattrict from the sixth to the eighth holes but an eighth hole bogey pulled him a bit.

On his back nine, Jeev once again fired birdies at the first, second, third holes on the trot and then picked up another one on the 16th hole to end the day on a high.

Among others Indians, Arjun Atwal (70), Ashok Kumar (71), Jyoti Randhawa (75), Shamim Khan (75), Manav Jaini (75), C Muniyappa (75), SSP Chowrasia (76), Gaurav Ghei (78), Anirban Lahiri (81), Vinod Kumar (83) and Himmat Rai (67) missed the
cut which was set at three-under 139.

Mukesh Kumar, who was at the 12th hole with a total of three-over, was stranded along with 28 other golfers for the day and is likely to miss the cut as well.

At the top, Adam Scott of Australia put himself in a strong position of securing an unprecedented third Barclays Singapore Open title with a brilliant six-under 65 for a
12-under 130 at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Adam had won the tournament in 2005 and 2006.

Two strokes behind him was title holder Ian Poulter of England with a sizzling eight-under 63.


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