Gujarat Open: Om Prakash Chouhan holds the top position at the halfway stage

Gujarat Open: Om Prakash Chouhan holds the top position at the halfway stage

The day one leader Om Prakash Chouhan carded 3-under on day 2 to gain a massive seven shots lead at the halfway stage of Gujarat Open Golf Championship 2021.

Five-time Pgti Tour champion Chouhan smashed a brilliant 9-under 63 on the first day and had a steady second round of three-under-69 to hold his top position on the leaderboard with a good two rounds total of 12-under 132 at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens Golf Club in Ahmedabad.

Karandeep Kochhar and Tapy Ghai grabbed joint second position after carding a total of five-under-139 on the first two days of the Rs. 30 lakh event.

Delhi’s Sachin Baisoya fired the day’s best score of 67 to be tied fourth at four-under-140, with Arjun Prasad (72) of Delhi and Kolkata’s Rahil Gangjee (72).

The halfway cut was declared at five-over-149. Fifty-four professionals and one amateur made the cut.

Om Prakash Chouhan managed to hit four birdies with only one bogey in his 3-under 69 on day 2 of the inaugural Gujarat Open championship.

Om Prakash Chouhan

“It was a much better ball-striking day for me as compared to round one, even though my score doesn’t seem to reflect that. It was a kind of round that kept the momentum going for me.” said Chouhan.

Rookie Jairaj Singh Sandhu of Chandigarh, who made a dream debut with a 66 in round one, slipped five spots from his overnight tied second to tied seventh at three-under-141 after a round of 75 on Wednesday. The others in joint seventh were Kolkata’s SSP Chawrasia (71), Delhi’s Rashid Khan (72), and Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa (72).

Udayan Mane (72), who calls Kalhaar Blues & Greens one of his home courses, was managed to find 29th place along with Bengaluru amateur Aryan Roopa Anand (72). Anand was the only amateur to make the cut.