New Delhi, Oct 12 (UNI) On a day of mixed fortunes for the Indian golfers, unheralded Shamim Khan kept the host's challenge alive as he shot superb 69 to be placed joint fourth, with a two round aggregate of seven-under-par 137, at the halfway stage of the 500,000 dollar Hero Honda Indian Open here today.
Pre-tournament favourite Jeev Milkha Singh was last to make the cut which as applied at two-over-par 146. In all 73 Golfers made the cut which included 5 Indians.
Chinese Taipei's Chang Tse-peng, fired a brilliant seven-under-par 65 to jointly lead with overnight leader Chapchai Nirat of Thailand who returned a five-under-par 67 that included seven birdies and double bogey, on 11-under-par 133.
Another opening round joint leader David Gleeson of Australia shot four-under 68 to be at the third place, while Korea's HUR In Hoi carded one-under 71 to share the joint fouth place with Shamim.
Another Indian in the fray, Bangalore-based Rahil Ganjee also did remarkably well as he carded a stunning five-under 67 to move up 30 place and finish joint sixth with a two round total of six-under 138. He started on a wrong note as he missed the shot on his first hole but then had brdies on fifth and eighth before boging the ninth to end up at par 36 whille going out.
However, on his way back he fired an eagle on 14th and in between had birdies on the 11th, 15th, 17th and 18th. A bogey on 16th somewhat spoiled his journey.
Twentyeight-year-old local pro Shamim, who was joint seventh after day one, hit four birdies on the third, fourth, 11th and 18th, while he missed a shot on the eighth to move up the leader board by three places.