Bhullar leads, Randhawa's 68 places him second

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Gurgaon, Sep 19 (UNI) Favourite Jyoti Randhawa returned a four under 68 in the second round to move into second place with an overall score of four under 140 while overnight leader Gaganjeet Bhullar carded an even par 72 in rainy and windy conditions to take his total to five under 139 and retain the lead in the Rs 80 lakh DLF Masters Golf here today.

Shamim Khan is currently in third place at two under 142. The cut was declared at nine over 153. Fifty five professionals made the cut. In round three and four all of these professionals will not only compete for the individual crown but will also team up with amateurs to compete for the team championship.

Each team will comprise of two professionals and one amateur and the team score will be calculated by taking into account the two best scores out of three on a hole-by-hole basis.

Bhullar had a relatively quieter round today. He started with a double bogey on the 10th and thereafter managed just two birdies on the 11th and eighth. On the eighth, the Kapurthala lad hit his tee shot in the rough on the left. He then reached the green with his fourth shot and two-putted.

Jyoti Randhawa (72, 68) recorded the best round of the day to climb from overnight tied seventh to second. Randhawa's four under 68 in round two moved his total to four under 140. The European Tour regular brought all his experience to the fore to defy the wet conditions by shooting a low number.

Randhawa was two over after four holes having made bogeys on the 12th and 13th but he came back well by sinking birdies on the 16th, 17th, fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth.

Shamim Khan (72, 70) is third at two under 142 while Arjun Singh (71, 72) is a further stroke behind in fourth.

Harmeet Kahlon (68, 76), Mukesh Kumar (72, 72), Ajeetesh Sandhu (70, 74) and C Muniyappa (72, 72) are all tied fifth at even par 144. Ashok Kumar (72, 73) and Harendra Gupta (71, 74) are both tied ninth at one over 145.

Gaurav Ghei (75, 71) and Rahul Ganapathy (73, 73) have an identical total of two over 146 and are placed tied 13th. Shiv Kapur (76, 78) missed the cut by one stroke, having totalled 10 over 154 for the first two rounds.

''I didn't hit the ball well today. I missed a few fairways and my tee shots were not as accurate as they were on day one. I also missed a couple of short putts for birdie on the 13th and 14th.

Both these putts were inside 10 feet. The course is playing tough due to the rain and wind and it will be difficult to shoot low scores if the conditions remain the same over the next two days,'' said Bhullar.

''I'm very satisfied with my performance because I shot 68 despite the tough conditions. The golf course was playing twice as long today. I wasn't very focused yesterday but today I felt I was getting back into my rhythm. I also played the par 5 holes really well,'' opined Randhawa.


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