Chopra fires brilliant 68, moves to 18th place

May 31st, 2008 - 6:40 pm ICT by admin  


Dublin (Ohio), May 31 (IANS) Indo-Swede golfer Daniel Chopra fired the day’s second best card of four-under 68 as he leapfrogged from a lowly 78th to tied 18th at the midway stage of the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club. On a day when the grey skies and ankle deep rough severely tested the golfers, Chopra started Friday with a series of four pars, before finding an eagle on the fifth. Another birdie on ninth saw him turn in three-under. A birdie on 12th was sandwiched between bogeys on 11th and 13th and then he had back-to-back birdies on the 14th and 15th. He closed with three more pars for a superb 68.

It was a brutal test of golf Friday. Tough roughs and slick greens led to only three players breaking 70. But Johnson Wagner turned in the day’s best 67. Twenty players couldn’t break 80.

Mathew Goggin birdied four of the first five holes before coming back with a wild ride of birdies and bogeys that saw him card an even-par 72. It gave him a share of the lead with two-time champion Kenny Perry, who recovered from a rugged start for a 71.

Goggin is the 36-hole leader for the first time on the PGA Tour but after being bogey-free through seven holes, he made only two pars the rest of the way.

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