MP Cup golf Day 2: Halfway through, Khalin seizes the only leader with two strokes in advance

Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi became the lone leader with a combined score of nine under 135 after the Rs 70 lakh MP TATA Steel PGTI Cup matchday two game at Delhi Golf Club on Wednesday.

DGC is back on the golf map after a gap and in the last edition of the Asian Tour event, Khalin became the champion. It looks like the Bengaluru boy started from what he left on Wednesday in 2018. Confident in the put, Khalin hit a 66-under-six studded with seven birdies and a bogey to climb six places and take lead with a combined score of 135 under nine at the halfway point. On day one, Khalin was tied for seventh at three under 69.

Veer Ahlawat of Gurugram (72-65) shot the best score of the day of 65 to gain 37 places and move to second tied at seven under 137. Sri Lanka N Thangaraja (70-67) and the first round co- leader Manu Gandas (67-70) of Gurugram and Chikkarangappa S (67-70) of Bengaluru were also tied for second place with Veer.

The cut was increased to two out of 146. Fifty-two professionals and one amateur made the cut. Tokyo Olympian Udayan Mane missed the cut after his two-round score was 10 of 154 while star Jyoti Randhawa retired due to injury. Udayan also missed the Golconda Masters season opener in Hyderabad last month.

Khalin started the day off with a 15-foot birdie conversion on the first while adding two more birdies and a bogey on the front nine to complete the two-under turn for the day. The quadruple PGTI winner started to gain momentum on the back nine with an excellent approach shot from 140 yards on the 11th who landed inches from the pin for a birdie tap-in. He followed it up with a 15-foot putt for a 12th stop.

The 29-year-old finished the day with three more birdies on the last five holes. He shot another outstanding 130-yard approach on the 15th that narrowly missed the hole and gave him an easy birdie putt.

“My confidence comes from the fact that I putts well and that my corner play was great. I feel good about my game right now. I have fond memories of this course winning an Asian Tour event here in 2018. But the greens in the DGC are totally different now and it is now a striker course, something that I do. appreciate, ”Khalin said.

Veer not only went without error, but he did 16 greens in regulation and birdie.

“I feel that my course management is much better at DGC now than before. I play more carefully with my tee shots and try to attack with my approach shots. I also felt I could have gotten lower because I didn’t capitalize on all of the par-5s by birdies on just two of the four par-5s, ”said Veer.

Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa and Gurugram’s Kartik Sharma were tied for sixth at six under 138.

PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar of Chandigarh was tied for eighth at five under 139.

Rashid Khan of Delhi, the overnight co-leader, slipped to tie 12th at four under 140 after a round of 73. Indian star Shiv Kapur shot a 67 to be tied for 15th at three under 141. Another Featured attraction SSP Chawrasia was tied for 34th at one in 145. First round co-leader Ajay Baisoya of Delhi was tied for 42nd at two of 146.

The only amateur to make the cut was Arvind Khanna of Delhi Golf Club who was tied for 42nd at two out of 146.

Players Championship golf Rd 1: Yashas Chandra with 7-under 65 sets the bar at Panchkula

Yashas Chandra MS from Mysuru only turned professional in 2018 and lost an entire year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. On his third visit to Panchkula Golf Club on Wednesday, the 26-year-old continued his love affair on his favorite course with an under-65 top seven in the first round of the Rs 50 lakh TATA Steel PGTI players’ championship .

On his first two visits here in 2018 and 2019, Yashas finished in the top 20 and 10, respectively.

As a rookie, Yashas won the PGTI Emerging Player of the Year award in the first year herself and placed 11th at the Golconda Masters in Hyderabad last week.

On a windy day in the first lap, Yashas started off with pars and backed up with a brilliant ride and chipping, scored four straight birdies from fifth out of the first nine, and was bogeyless all day. Of the last nine, Yashas won three more birdies, including a 30-foot conversion on the 18th.

“I have played well at PGC in the past and it helped me take the lead today. I finished fourth here in 2019 after shooting a seven under one of the laps. I also did three eagles in my first lap at the same event. I was hitting him well, so I kept landing him near the green on par 5s and made some good chips from there to create chances. The wind didn’t give me too much of a problem because it was one way and it didn’t spin, ”Yashas said of his performance.

During the lockdown during the pandemic-infused lockdown, Yashas was at home and instead of worrying about Covid-19, he put on a training net. “I set up a practice net in my backyard and focused on my daily shots and shots. Above all, it kept me in touch with the game and contributed to my good hitting the ball since the season resumed last week, ”he said of how he managed to beat the blues of Covid.

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan of Delhi, two-time Asian Tour champion and reigning PGTI Order of Merit winner, was tied for second at a score of under 67, with Sunit Chowrasia of Kolkata and Veer Ahlawat. by Gurugram.

Rashid had six birdies and a bogey in the second over his 67 years, including a 15-foot birdie conversion in the ninth. Sunit also had six birdies and one bogey while Veer Ahlawat had seven birdies against two bogeys.

“I am trying to find my swing. My ball flight is generally high, but I’ve kind of hit it low over the past few months. It seems to have worked to my advantage today as weak ball flight helps in such windy conditions. After a good result last week (where Rashid was tied for second with seven others), I hope to continue my momentum in this event.

Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh shot a 68 for fifth place while eight players are tied for sixth at 69, including current PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar, Abhijit Singh Chadha and Chandigarh’s Amritinder Singh, Chikkarangappa S and M Dharma from Bengaluru and Shankar Das from Kolkata, Om Prakash Chouhan from Mhow and Kartik Sharma from Delhi.

Defending champion Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh and Manu Gandas of Gurugram, winner of PGTI in Hyderabad, both tied for 26th with scores of 72 while Tokyo Olympian Udayan Mane was tied for 68th with 17 others.