Ahlawat, Raj lead Players Championship at halfway stage

Posted on: 13-Feb-2020

Key Highlights- 

→ Khalin Joshi, Gaurav Pratap Singh shoot day’s best 64 to lie third and tied fourth respectively

→ Shubhankar Sharma’s 71 places him tied 35th 

{Press Release}: Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat and Patna’s Aman Raj emerged halfway leaders at 12-under-132 at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship 2020 presented by Eagleton – The Golf Resort. While Veer struck a 65, Aman returned a 67, as the duo held a one-stroke lead.

Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi carded the day’s best score of eight-under-64 to lie third at 11-under-133 at the second event of the 2020 TATA Steel PGTI season.

Shubhankar Sharma, the pre-tournament favourite and defending champion followed up his first-round 73 with a steady 71 in round two to occupy tied 35th place at even-par-144.

The cut fell at one-over-145 with 50 professionals advancing to the last two rounds.

Veer Ahlawat (67-65), a 10th tee starter, was rewarded for his accuracy off the tee as he collected five birdies on the back-nine including four on the trot from the 14th to the 17th. He moved to an imposing eight-under for the day with three more birdies between the first and the fifth including a chip-in on the third.

Veer said, “I hit a lot more fairways today as compared to round one so that set up the opportunities for me. My putting was also better than in the first round. I played well for most of the day but had a bad stretch towards the end.

Aman Raj (65-67), the first-round leader, managed to stay on top of the leaderboard for the second day running with a round that featured eight birdies and three bogeys. His round was highlighted by his precise approach shots on the 11th and 13th that landed within a couple of feet of the pin to set up birdies.

Khalin Joshi’s flawless 64 included an eagle-two on the sixth where he found the hole with his lob wedge shot from 105 yards.

Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh also shot the day’s best 64 to be tied fourth at 10-under-134 along with Delhi’s Himmat Rai who fired an error-free 66.

Shubhankar Sharma recovered well after a double-bogey on the first hole as he added five birdies at the cost of two bogeys to his card.

Indian hockey legend Dilip Tirkey too missed the cut as he totaled 18-over-162.

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