Four Indians make the cut at Jakarta golf

August 29th, 2008 - 9:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Jakarta, Aug 29 (IANS) Only four Indians survived the midway cut at the Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational golf here Friday.Sixth overnight, Gaganjeet Bhullar, runner-up here last year, had two double bogeys, two bogeys and just one birdie in his five-over 77 that saw him slip to tied 56th but he made the cut on the bubble.

The best Indian after two rounds was Rahil Gangjee (70) whose round included an eagle on par-5 sixth besides three birdies and three bogeys. He was lying 41st, up from overnight 65th, while Anirban Lahiri (72) and Himmat Rai (74) also survived the cut right on the line. Like Gangjee they were both tied 56th at one-over 145.

The Indians who missed the cut included Harmeet Kahlon (148), Naman Dawar (150), Gurbaaz Mann and Ranjit Singh Rathore (both 151). Amandeep Johl withdrew after the first round.

Malaysia’s Iain Steel fired a steady six-under-par 66 and grabbed the second round lead. Steel, with two top-10 finishes this season, tackled the tricky conditions at the Damai Indah Golf and Country Club for a nine-under-par 135 total.

Filipino Mars Pucay was a stroke off the pace when he carded the lowest round of the day with a 65 to lie in a tie for second place. Also in the mix in second spot was opening round leader Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei who was even-par for the day alongside Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant who recorded a 69.

Lin had previously led the opening round before play was suspended Thursday due to lightning. A total of 15 players had returned on course early this morning to complete their opening rounds.

But it was Steel who took charge in the second round when he enjoyed a bogey free day with six birdies.

After a 64 in the opening round, Chinese Taipei’s Lin battled the windy conditions at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course on the way to a 72 today.

Former Asian Tour No.1 Thaworn is eyeing his second title this season when he remained in contention after a 69.

Defending champion Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines shot a 69 and was on the mark in a tie for 56th position.

A total of 69 players made the weekend rounds.

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