Randhawa makes the cut, Valk cards 11 under 61 in second round

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Three time winner and defending champion Jyoti Randhawa displayed steely nerves as he shot three under 69 on a day when unheralded Dutchman Guido Van der Valk fired 11 under 61 in the one million Dollar Hero Honda Indian Open Golf here today.

China's Lian Wen-chong had an uneven round of one under 71 but he stayed leader with a five stroke lead over his nearest rival Daniel Chopra who had a two under par 70 round.

Opening day's second placer Jeev Milkha Singh was bit unlucky as he shot in the bushes on his last hole and ended the day with two over 74 and with a two round total of 139 (65,74) was clubbed at joint 17th place along with three others.

Jyoti Randhawa, who was joint 92nd yesterday climbed up to reasonably safe 48th slot with some gutsy display as he fired four birdies while dropping two strokes in his round to aggregate 143 (74, 69). Giving him company was former champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand who shot one over 73 (70, 73).

The cut was applied at one over 145 and 81 golfers made the cut for the money round.

Daniel Chopra started cautiously but on the eighth hole he dropped two strokes to go out two over 38, however on the back nine he steadied himself and fired four birdies, on 12th, 14th, 17th and 18th for four under 32 and ended the round at two under 70.

First round's joint third placer Lucknow's Sanjay Kumar failed to reproduce yesterday's form when he had carded 66 and finished the second round at par 72. He fired three birdies but had equal number of bogies too. He was sat crowded joint 6th place.

Local golfer Ashok Kumar was in fine form as he came up with five under 67 and with two round total of 7 under 137 to move up to joint third place.

Gaurav Ghei found his touch and he scored three under 69 and with a total of 138 he ended joint 6th along with another Indian Harinder Gupta.

Another Indian who hogged the limelight but on the opening day but fumbled today was Karanjit Sandhu, a joint 10th placer after first round with 66, shot two over 74 and slipped down the leader board with an aggregate score of 140.

The surprise package of the day was Dutchman Guido Valk who was lying 129 after the first round and no body had thought that he will go into the third round. But he surprised everybody with sterling display.

He started with an eagle and then shot four birdies on his way out and coming back he hit five birdies and with 61 he climbed up to joint 6th place.

Winner of the Indian Master in February this year SSP Chowrasia, who had first round score of two over 74, began with a bang firing an eagle on the first hole frittered away the advantage as he dropped three strokes on the 11th. He looked like salaving his position as he shot hat trick of birdies-on the 13th, 14th and 15th but again messed up the thing with a bogey on the 16th and double bogey on the 18th to end the day with par 72 round and failed to make the cut.

Another former champion Feroz Ali did well to have one under par 71 round but his opening day score of 78 proved his undoing and he also could not make the cut.

However, Former champion Mardan Mamat of Singapore was lucky to have made the cut as he carded his second successive par 72 round to finish joint 61.


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