Harendra Gupta maintains lead after second round of PGTI golf

June 20th, 2008 - 4:40 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, June 20 (IANS) Harendra Gupta remained on top with a three-stroke lead after round two of the PGTI Players Championship at Royal Calcutta Golf Club here Thursday. Gupta, the round one leader, shot four under 65 to take his tournament total to seven under 98.

Round two could not be completed as play started two hours behind schedule, as the course remained soggy following overnight rains. Twenty-seven players are yet to finish the second round out of a total field of 108.

While Harendra Gupta led the field among the 81 golfers who finished round two, Ashok Kumar was three strokes behind him in second place. Ashok’s total moved to four under 101 after he carded two under 67 in the second round.

The second round will now be completed Friday morning before the cut is made. The third round will commence thereafter.

Harendra Gupta made it to the top of the leaderboard as a result of his bogey-free 65. He had fired three under 33 in the first round. Gupta’s second round included birdies on the seventh, 12th, 14th and 15th.

“My hitting and putting were excellent today. I have recently worked on my irons that seemed to pay-off today. I was particularly happy with a long 26 feet putt that I made today for a birdie on the 12th. I hope to continue my good form over the next two days,” said Gupta.

Delhi’s Ashok Kumar, now placed second at four under 101, got birdies on the third, ninth, 16th and a bogey on the 18th.

He said, “A lot depends on my putting from here on as I was finding it difficult to read the speed of the greens. However, my hitting was good as I hit most of the fairways.”

Kolkata’s Rahil Gangjee (34, 69) and Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh (35, 68) are currently tied third at two under 103.

Ranjit Singh from Kolkata, Vishal Singh, Chiragh Kumar, Digvijay Singh, Manav Jaini, Dayal Singh, Anirban Lahiri and Rahul Ganapathy are all in tied fifth place with an identical total of one under 104.

S.S.P Chowrasia (35, 70), Arjun Singh, Shankar Das, Uttam Singh Mundy, Vinod Kumar, Mohd. Siddikur Rehman and Divyanshu Bajaj were all tied 13th at even par 105.

Chowrasia’s round included birdies on the second, 12th, 14th, and bogeys on the third, fourth, 10th and 18th.

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