Jeev 11th, Jyoti, Chowrasia make cut at Dubai Classic

January 31st, 2009 - 6:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Jan 31 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh had a great start and a great finish but stuttered in between to be tied 11th at the midway stage of the 20th Dubai Classic golf here Saturday. In a tournament hit by fog delays, Dubai-based Swede Henrik Stenson, and a former champion, was pipped to the lead by young Rory McIlroy who was boosted by closing hole eagle.

While Jeev, Jyoti Randhawa (tied 33rd) and S.S.P. Chowrasia (tied 55th) made the cut, Shiv Kapur missed it by one shot.

Jeev with a second round of 68 that had eight birdies and four bogeys was five behind Mcilroy who had rounds of 64 and 68. Stenson (68, 65) was tied second at 11-under with South African Louis Oosthuizen and Dubai based Henrik Stenson at 12 under par.

Jeev birdied second, third and fifth, but dropped a shot on sixth, only to pick up another on ninth to turn in four-under. Then he had a roller-coaster of a back nine with birdies on 11th and 13th and bogeys on 14th and 15th. But the Asian Tour No. 1 pulled himself up with birdies on 17th and 18th to finish at 68 and a total of seven-under 137.

Jyoti recovered from his first round 73 and carded a 68 in second to be at three-under 141 in tied 33rd. Jyoti was even par after nine holes, but birdied four on the home stretch to haul himself up.

Chowrasia made the cut on the line with two birdies on his last three holes after staring from the 10th. Chowrasia carded 74 and 69 to be at 143 and just make the cut, which came at one-under.

Kapur who suffered a heart-breaking quadruple bogey on the 18th in first round after being four-under through 17 had another agonising day in second round. He seemed to have recovered from that shock as he was two-under through 12 holes in second round after birdies on first and second. He had started on tenth. But bogeys on fourth and fifth had him on the edge again as the cut looked at one-under. He birdied the eighth to come to one-under, but dropped a shot again on ninth and made an early exit from the event.

The 19 year old McIlroy sensationally eagled the final hole as he drained a 25 foot putt at the last after safely playing his approach to the left of the flag with a precise six iron to move a shot clear of the rest of the field.

Abu Dhabi and Qatar runner-up Oosthuizen picked up seven shots on the back nine which included a hole in one to card a seven under 65 to move alongside Stenson.

The Swede only lives a few minutes from the Emirates Golf Club and the 2007 champion enjoyed a well deserved rest Saturday morning after firing a bogey-free second round 65 on day two.

After the second rounds were finally completed after six hours were lost to fog over the last two days, the third round will be played from two tees and in a three ball format in an attempt to finish as many rounds as possible by Saturday evening.

Justin Rose joined Australian Richard Green tied for fourth at ten under after carding a second round 66.

On Friday, 1997 champion Green leapt up the leaderboard with a bogey-free nine under par 63.

Frenchman Grégory Havret (68) sits alone at nine under, with Robert Karlsson (71), World Number two Sergio Garcia (66), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño (70) and The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship winner Paul Casey (68) a shot further off the pace.

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