Jeev moves to tied 17th in Cologne golf

September 13th, 2008 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Cologne, Sep 13 (IANS) India’s Jeev Milkha Singh, braving an ankle injury which continued to hamper him, shot a second round of 70 to move upwards into the 17th place at the midway stage of the Mercedes-Benz Golf Championship here.Jeev Milkha (73, 70) was the highest-placed Indian at one under 143 here Friday, a good move upwards from his overnight 31st place.

Jeev, currently 64th in the world and aiming to get into the top-50, sank birdies on the first, fourth, seventh and 10th but also dropped bogeys on the 14th and 16th.

“I am playing well, though the ankle is yet to heal fully. Hopefully, it will happen soon,” said Jeev.

Among other Indians, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia added a 76 to his overnight 79 and is now tied 71st at 11-over 155 after round two. Things did not happened for Jyoti Randhawa who shot a 83, one of his worst international rounds and at 16-over 160 is 77th.

Daniel Chopra added a 76 to his 78 and was 10-over and is tied 60th.

Robert Karlsson of Sweden led the field after a second round 69 left him a shot clear of Jean-François Lucquin. The Swede’s three under par effort at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Cologne took him to eight under for the tournament at the halfway stage.

Karlsson, a shot off the overnight lead, posted birdies at the third, fifth and seventh in an impressive front nine 33.

The Swede could only manage one birdie at the 13th on the way in and that was erased by a bogey at the par five 15th.

But European captain Nick Faldo will no doubt have been delighted with Karlsson’s form ahead of next weekend’s Ryder Cup.

Lucquin, fresh from his maiden European Tour win at the Omega European Masters, had led overnight with Richard Finch after an opening 66.

Finch failed to build on his impressive first round and a one over par 73 saw him drop back to five under for the tournament and fourth place.

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