Randhawa, Chowrasia make the cut, Bhullar misses it
Crans Montana (Switzerland): Seasoned Jyoti Randhawa and SSP Chowrasia made the cut, but Gaganjeet Bhullar dropped bogeys on the last three holes to exit at the halfway stage of the Omega European Masters golf tournament.
Randhawa and Chowrasia turned out to be the only two Indians to make the halfway cut in testing conditions at the jointly sanctioned event between Asian and European Tours.
Randhawa (68-73) is one-under and tied 46th, while Chowrasia, winner of two jointly sanctioned events in his career, shot 71 and 71 to be even par and tied 58th.
A total of 81 golfers made the cut.
However, woes on the last stretch of the Crans Montana course once again proved to be Bhullar`s problem.
Bhullar, who had dropped a bogey and double bogey on 17th and 18th -- though he started from tenth -- dropped bogeys on 16-17-18 on the second day.
From three-under after 15 he finished at par and missed the cut by one.
Earlier Anirban Lahiri, had the biggest swing from 66 in first round to 81 in second to miss the cut. Also missing the cut were Himmat Rai (71-74), Shiv Kapur (73-73) and Digvijay Singh (78-73) and Chiragh Kumar (77-77).
Frenchman Julien Quesne produced four birdies in his last holes after starting at the tenth to reach nine under.
Quesne, who claimed his maiden European Tour title at March`s Open de Andalucia Costa del Sol, he fired seven birdies and an eagle in a 65 that earned him a one shot lead over Danny Willett.
Willett went round in 67 for a second straight day. The Englishman was victorious at the BMW International Open in June.
Scot Paul Lawrie still has the opportunity to record back to back victories as he sits third on seven under. Lawrie, part of the European Ryder Cup Team and the winner of last week`s Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, picked up five shots in a front nine 31, before mixing two birdies with as many bogeys on the way home.