British Masters: Jeev shoots hole-in-one, shares lead

September 27th, 2008 - 12:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Belfry, Sep 27 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh turned in a champagne performance with a rare hole-in-one en route to taking a share of the lead in the second round of the Quinn British Masters. Jeev, three-under through 12 holes, still had six holes to play as the game was suspended Friday due to darkness.

Jeev, who was given a magnum of champagne for his effort, was the third player in the day to have a hole-in-one. Others were England’s Phillip Archer, who also aced the 177-yard seventh, while Spaniard Alvaro Quiros sank his tee shot to the 208-yard 12th. On Sunday the nearest to the pin at the 12th wins a Jaguar car.

Jeev shared the lead with defending champion Lee Westwood, who had completed his round and stood at six-under for two days.

It was also a good day for 2005 Asian Tour rookie of the year Shiv Kapur, who added a 71 to his opening 72 to sit in 24th position on 143. Kapur is hoping for a good finish to give him some breathing space as he is presently ranked 110th on the European Order of Merit where the top-115 will retain their cards.

Jyoti Randhawa was in danger of missing the cut as he was five-over for the tournament with five more holes to play. After a three-over 75 on first day, he was two-over through 13 holes on second. He was tied 87th.

Jeev bogeyed the first but birdied the second only to drop a shot on the fourth. He birdied the sixth and then aced the seventh to go two-under. Another birdie on the 11th brought him to three-under for the day and six-under for the tournament. One hole later play was called off due to darkness.

Jeev has already won two titles this year in Austria and Japan.

Kapur survived a double bogey on the sixth, as he found a birdie spree with three in four holes from the 10th. He shot a 71 and was one-under 143 for two days in tied 24th place.

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, a two-time Asian number one, also rose into contention with a 68 which included six birdies as he moved into tied third place and just one behind the leaders heading into the weekend rounds.

There was a fog delay of more than three hours in the morning, bur Westwood - one of the early starters - finished his second round in 70 to add to his opening 68 for a six-under-par total of 138.

The day was marked as “Pink Friday” with the players helping to raise money for breast cancer charities. The day was organised by the promoters, International Sports Management, who also manage Darren Clarke, who lost his wife to cancer.

Westwood led in the clubhouse by one from Scotland’s Marc Warren, Spaniard Alejandro Canizares and Thai Thongchai Jaidee.

Colin Montgomerie improved 12 strokes on his opening 81, but on six over was looking at his seventh missed cut of the season, while Darren Clarke is heading for an early exit as well at seven over with seven to play.

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