Chowrasia takes lead, Bhullar fourth at Thailand Open

March 6th, 2009 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS  

Phuket, March 6 (IANS) Indian golfer Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia fired a blemish-free eight-under 62 to assume the mid-way lead at the $500,000 Singha Thailand Open at the Laguna Phuket Golf Club here Fiday.
Chowrasia, who had a two-day tally of 12-under 128, was followed by Welshman Rhys Davies, who had a 64 and was placed one stroke behind the leader at 11-under 129.

In a tournament where Indians have been dominant, Gaganjeet Bhullar threw in his hat with a third-round 66 placing him at the sole third position at ten-under 130.

David Brandson (Australia) was placed fourth at 131 while Udorn Duangdecha (Thailand) and Time Steward (Australia) were tied for the fifth position at 132.

The cut was applied at one-under 139.

Chowrasia was placed 17th after an opening round 66. But Friday he scorched the Laguna Phuket Golf Club course to set himself up for what would be his first win of the season.

Chowrasia’s was an error free round. A tenth tee started, the 30-year-old played his first three holes to par before getting down to business with a birdie on the 13th.

It was very clear right from when Chowrasia sent the ball soaring off the tenth tee box that he was going to attack all through. The birdie on the 13th set the ball rolling and by the time he had made the turn, Chowrasia’s card was studded with three more birdies on the 15th, 17th and 18th.

Post the lemon-break, the birdie spree continued on the first, fifth, sixth and finally the eighth.

Big-hitting Bhullar, 20, was disappointed with his two bogeys on the seventh and 17th holes, where he three putted and drove into the water hazard respectively. But the young Indian was pleased to force his way into contention.

Among the rest of the Indian contingent, Anirban Lahiri occupied the tied-19th position courtesy at five-under 135, while the mighty trio of Amandeep Johl, Daniel Chopra and Jyoti Randhawa were tied-31st along with overnight leader Digvijay Singh at 136.

Overnight leader Digvijay just couldn’t find his feet on the course today with just two birdies overshadowed by three bogeys and a double bogey handing him a second round card of 73. Shiv Kapur and Himmat Rai were tied 42nd at 137.

Among the Indians who missed the week-end rounds were Gaurav Ghei, C Muniyappa, Arjun Singh, Rahil Gangjee and Chirag Kumar.

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