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Kapil keeps lead with 68 in round two of golf meet

Kapil keeps lead with 68 in round two of golf meet
Kolkata, Dec 13 (SocialNews.XYZ) Delhis Kapil Kumar kept his lead for the second day running with a roller-coaster four-under-68 at the ICC RCGC Open Golf Championship 2019 Powered by Bharat Benz, a TATA Steel PGTI event, being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC) on Friday.

Kapil, searching for his maiden title, totalled eight-under-136 to be the halfway leader by one shot at the Rs 40 lakh event.

Mumbai's Anil Bajrang Mane (68) moved up one spot to second at seven-under-137 while Bengaluru's M Dharma was the big gainer moving up 24 spots to third position at six-under-138 as a result of his tournament-best score of seven-under-65.

 

A fog delay of 45 minutes in the morning meant that play started at 7.15 a.m. local time instead of the scheduled 6.30 a.m.

The cut was declared at five-over-149. Fifty one professionals made the cut for the weekend.

Kapil Kumar (68-68) had an eventful day in stark contrast to his first round effort as he drained eight birdies in exchange for four bogeys. The 27-year-old was accurate with his irons for the second straight day since he set up as many as five birdie putts from a range of six feet. Kapil, who comes from a golfing family with three of his cousins also competing on the PGTI, made his longest putt of the day, a 14-footer on the 14th.

Kumar's chipping let him down as he conceded all of his four bogeys as a result of poor chip shots. Nonetheless, Kapil put up a resilient display fighting back with a pair of birdies each time he dropped a shot.

Anil Bajrang Mane (69-68), ranked 64th in the PGTI's money list and battling to save his card for next season, had reason to rejoice on Friday when he returned a 68 to rise into contention.

Anil, struggling in the second half of the season due to a shoulder injury, played his irons and wedges well to set up three birdie putts within four feet. He also sank two birdies from a range of 18 to 20 feet. Mane's only bogey of the day came on his closing ninth hole.

M Dharma (73-65) made the big move on Friday with eight birdies and a bogey. A marked improvement in Dharma's tee shots on day two could be attributed to his decision to choose his two-iron over the driver. The 33-year-old currently in ninth on the PGTI Rankings landed it close through the round except on the seventh where he knocked in a 20-footer for birdie. Dharma also ended the day with a good up and down for a par save on the 18th.

Chandigarh's Akshay Sharma (70) was in fourth at five-under-139 while Gurugram's Ankur Chadha (73), the joint overnight leader, slipped to tied fifth at three-under-141.

Mohammad Sanju (71) was the highest-ranked Kolkata player as he joined Ankur Chadha, Sri Lankan Mithun Perera and Noida's Amardip Malik in tied fifth.

Kolkata's Sunit Chowrasia (72) was a further shot back in tied ninth at two-under-142.

Delhi-based rookie Kshitij Naveed Kaul, the highest-ranked player in the field being fourth in the PGTI Rankings, occupied tied 12th at one-under-143.

The prominent names that missed the cut were local favourite Shankar Das (six-over-150) of Kolkata and Gurugram-based rookie Priyanshu Singh (nine-over-153).

Source: IANS

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