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Golfer Sandhu surges ahead with second-round 68 at Digboi

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Digboi (Assam), Nov 18 (IANS) Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu surged ahead with a second round of four-under 68 at the IndianOil SERVO Masters Golf 2021 being played at the Digboi Golf Links.

The 24-year-old Sandhu (66-68), placed three off the lead in tied second position after round one, had a slow start to the day but made big gains on the back-nine to move his total to 10-under 134 on day two.

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Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana shot the day’s best score of six-under 66 to rise to tied second at nine-under 135 along with Harendra Gupta (68) of Chandigarh. The cut was applied at even-par 144 — fifty professionals made the cut.

Earlier in the day, the start of play was delayed by 45 minutes due to fog. The play got underway at 6:45 IST. The 18 players who could not finish their first round on Wednesday, came out and completed their round in the morning. The second round began simultaneously.

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Among those who completed round one on Thursday morning was Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, who shot a 66, to join Sandhu and Shravan Desai of Ahmedabad in tied second, three shots behind the leader Anshul Patel, another Ahmedabad golfer.

In round two, Sandhu, a two-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour, was even-par for the day through 10 holes having made a birdie and bogey before he hit his stride with four birdies between the 11th and 18th.

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Sandhu came close to holing out his chip for eagle on the 11th and almost drove the green on the par-4 14th. The 2019 PGTI Feeder Tour Order of Merit champion then played two more accurate wedge shots that led to birdies on the 15th and 18th.

Anura Rohana (69-66) fired the day’s best score of 66 to climb 11 spots to tied second. Rohana, who was even-par for his first 11 holes of the day, went on a birdie-spree with five straight birdies from the third till the seventh as he converted some long putts and made a chip-in on the sixth. He closed the day with another birdie on the ninth.

Harendra Gupta (67-68), lying overnight tied fifth, moved up three spots to joint second after posting a 68. Gupta, a former champion, began the day with a bogey on the first before rallying with five birdies thereafter including a chip-in on the third and birdies on three of the four par-5s.

Om Prakash Chouhan (70) of Mhow was placed fourth at eight-under 136 while M Dharma (68) of Bengaluru and Bangladesh’s Md Akbar Hossain (69) were both in tied fifth place at seven-under 137. Round one leader Anshul Patel shot a 76 to slip to tied 10th at five-under 139. The only local golfer to make the cut was Deepraj Chetia (69-71) who ended the day in tied 15th at four-under 140.

–IANS

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