Randhawa tied fifth at midway stage Portugal MastersOctober 17th, 2008 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS
Villamoura (Portugal), Oct 17 (IANS) Jyoti Randhawa overcame a bogey-bogey start to close in with a two-under 70 that put him at eight-under 134 and in tied fifth place, with a lot of players yet to complete the second round in the Portugal Masters Friday.The clubhouse leader Stuart Manley, who had led the first round with a 65, shot a 68 in second round and was 11-under 133. He was two ahead of Magnus Carlsson 966) and Paul Lawrie (65). Alvaro Quiros, who had played just 13 holes in second round was also at nine-under.
Jean Francois Lucquin (69), Felipe Aguilar (68), Greg Bourdy (67) and Mark Foster with one more hole to play were with Randhawa at eight-under.
Randhawa, who shot a flawless six-under 66 in the opening round, looked in big trouble with two bogeys in first two holes, but he quickly recovered in fourth, fifth, eighth and ninth to turn in two-under. On the back nine, he birdied 10th and 12th, but also dropped shots on 11th and 14th and closed with four straight pars for a 70.
A good finish in top-five will boost Randhawa’s chances of making the Volvo Masters in Spain in two weeks time.
In the first round, Randhawa compiled his 66 with three birdies on either side of the turn and was tied second, just one shot behind leader Manley of Wales.
Shiv Kapur shot an even par-72 with one birdie and one bogey and he was tied 47th. With seven more holes to play in second round, Kapur was on the bubble at one-over for the tournament as he was one-over through 11 holes.
“I enjoyed playing in the sun. The greens and the golf course you can’t have it better. It`s beautiful, fantastic.”
“You can really go for it in a few places, but have to be a little careful because the water comes into play a lot of times. As long as you are hitting it well, it’s a good scoring golf course.”
Randhawa, currently 64th in the Order of Merit ranking, needs to get into top-60 to play the Tour Championships. The event is all the more special as it will be the last time, the Tour championships will be played at Valderrama, before the ‘Race to Dubai’ takes overt.