Sujjan takes nine-shot lead in Indonesia

Pasuruan: Sujjan Singh shot the best round of his career with a nine-under 63 to extend his lead by nine shots at the Taman Dayu Championship today.

Starting from the 10th tee, Sujjan benefitted from a hot putter as he turned in 29 highlighted by five straight birdies from the 14th hole at the Taman Dayu Golf Club and Resort.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (76-70) squeezed into the cutline with a second round 70 in tied 48th place but Gurbaaz Mann (79-72) missed it despite a second round 72.

Sujjan`s two-day total of 17-under-par 127 was also a new record on the Asian Development Tour (ADT), replacing the previous record of 13-under-par 131 set by Siddikur at the 2011 Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters.

Local favourite Rory Hie returned with a 70 for 136 to lie in second place while Anura Rohana of Sri Lanka and Michael Moore of Australia were a further shot back.

Sujjan was blemish free in a round of nine birdies as he credited a hot putter for his incredible round.

"My putter was on fire on my first nine (started from the 10th tee) and after I holed my birdie putt just off the green on the 17th hole, I told myself I`m just going along for the ride and enjoy myself today. It was magical.

"I don`t think I ever had a better round of putting in my life. I don`t even know what score I shot until I submitted my card, so only God knows how many putts I made!" he said.

Playing on a sponsor`s invitation, Sujjan rewrote the one-day-old course record, which he set in the opening round, but he is still not thinking of a victory yet.

"The course is in amazing condition. I`ve had a hot week and great greens to back me up. You still can`t think about the big `W`, we have two more days to go and a long road ahead," said the 31-year-old.

The halfway cut was set at two-over-par 146 with a total of 57 players qualifying for the last two rounds.

PTI

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