Kanishk continues his winning spree, advances to 3rd round

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Chandigarh, Jan 17 (UNI) Seventeen-year-old Madan continued with his giant killing spree by ousting second-seed Shahid of Bangladesh to advance to the third round of the 107th LG ALL India Amateur Open at the 72-par Chandigarh Golf Club here today.

Kanishk Madan, seeded 15th, won with a convincing margin of 4 and 3 to set up a pre-quarterfinal clash with 15th seed Mithun Perera who snuffed out the challenge of Malaysian Edmund Jonathan by a similar margin.

Malaysian Mohd Arie, seeded 32, ousted top seed Jamal Mollah of Bangaldesh with a 3 and 2 victory to enter the pre-quarterfinals. He will now cross swords with 16th seed Chi-Hsien Hsieh of Taipei who was a one-up winner over Malaysian Haziz Hamizan. Gangan Verma ranked 39th, shocked seventh seed Abhijit Chadha 3 and 2 while Manav Das stopped the Jaipur lad Aditya Singh 6 and 5.

With some good approach shots, Kanishk made two successive birdies on the first two holes to take a 2-0 lead as his opponent Shahid made bogey and par respectively.

Shahid made a par on the next to reduce the margin. Kanishk whose main aim was to make pars stuck to his plan and occasionally making a birdie which gave him a distinct advantage over his fancied opponent whose putter went cold along with the weather.

Making a birdie on the seventh, Kanishk went 4-up.

Each of them won a hole on the next two holes but with a birdie on the 12th Kanishk took a decisive 5-up lead.

Shahid once again reduced the margin on the 14th hole with a birdie and could have won the next hole after having made a par on the par-4 15th. But Kanishk who was on the edge of the green chipped-in to save par and end the match on the 15th hole itself. Mohd. Arie who is one of the top juniors of Malaysia went on the offensive mode right from the start and reaped fruits. The lead changed hands only on a couple of occasions in the initial stages of the match but once he got in the groove, he controlled the match throughout and held on to his lead to win on the 16th hole.

Results (Round-2) (Prefix indicate seeding): 32-Mohd. Arie (MAS) bt 1. Jamal Mollah (Bangladesh) 3&2; 18- ChieHsien Hsieh (TPE) bt 48-Haziz Hamizan (MAS) 1-up; 8-Pawan Kumar (IND) bt 40-Rashid Khan (IND) 1-up; 24-HS Kang (IND) bt 9-Amanjyot Singh (IND) 2-up; 4-Rahul Bakshi (IND) bt 36-Mohd. Shekawat (Bangladesh) 4&3; 20-Jasjeet Singh (IND) bt 52-Sudhir Sharma 5&4; 37-Arshdeep Tiwana bt 60-IK Ponappa 3 &1; 21-Navtez Singh (IND) bt 12-Tarun Ghogale (IND) 4&3; 31-Kanishk Madan (IND) bt 2-Shahid (Bangladesh) 4&3; 15-Mithun Perera (SL) bt 18-Edmund Jonathan (MAS) 4&3; 39-Gagan Verma (IND) bt 7-Abhijit Chadha (IND) 3&2; 42-Manav Das (IND) bt 55-Aditya Singh (IND) 6 &5; 62-Siddharth Seth (IND) bt 35-Ashbeer Saini (IND) 2-up; 14-Abhishek Jha (IND) bt 19-Tao Hung (TPE) 1-up; 6-Vikran Rana bt 27-Mohd. Safdar Khan (Pak) 4 &3; 11-Chandradasa (SL) bt 22-Simarjeet Singh (IND) 5&4.

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