Johl best placed Indian at Worldwide Selangor Masters

August 7th, 2008 - 9:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Petaling Jaya (Malaysia), Aug 7 (IANS) Amandeep Johl continued to be the highest ranked Indian in the field after he fired two over 73 to be placed tied 33rd on the rain-hit second day two of the Worldwide Selangor Masters Thursday. Amandeep Johl (69, 73) slipped from overnight tied 12th to tied 33rd but continued to be the highest-placed Indian with a total of even par 142. Johl birdied the fifth, 10th, 11th and bogeyed the seventh, 12th, 15th, 16th and 18th.

Gaurav Ghei (69, 74) finished the day in tied 47th with a total of one over 143. Ghei’s second round was marked by three birdies, three bogeys and a triple bogey.

Himmat Rai was playing at four under par for the day after 15 holes and was in tied 53rd when play was suspended due to rain.

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee charged into the clubhouse lead at nine under 133 after breaking the day-old course record with a superb eight-under-par 63 in the second round. He had shot 70 in the first round.

An afternoon downpour which started at 1.40 p.m. local time forced officials to abandon play for the day at 4.15 p.m. Only 58 players completed their second rounds, with the rest of the field to resume their rounds Friday morning.

Rai had an exceptional day which enabled him to climb from overnight tied 120th to tied 53rd. Rai was four under for the second round after 15 holes. He had a magnificent run of three consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th, 15th. This was followed by two more birdies on the third and sixth. His lone bogey came on the fifth hole. The 21-year-old now has an aggregate of two over as he had fired 77 in the first round.

Anirban Lahiri, who carded 74 in round one, is also tied 53rd. He was one under in the second round after having played just three holes.

Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh occupies tied 67th place. Ranjit could complete only three holes Thursday and was two over for the day. He had returned 72 in round one.

Gaganjeet Bhullar’s three holes in the second round yielded a score of three over. He is now tied 91st having shot 73 Wednesday.

Gurbaaz Mann (76,75) slipped to tied 124th with a total of nine over 151.

Harmeet Kahlon (71), Digvijay Singh (75), Rahil Gangjee (77) and Kolkata’s Ranjit Singh (80) could not begin their respective rounds while Arjun Singh (77) withdrew from the event.

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