Phuket Championship: Veer Ahlawat shoots 67 to lie tied-sixth, Rashid tied-11th after halfway stage
The young Indian golfer Veer Ahlawat again played a steady round to emerge as a top Indian at the tied-6th position after the halfway stage of the Phuket Championship.
Ahlawat, who was the best-placed Indian before the commencement of the day two campaign, shot a moderate 3-under 67 on the second day to remain at the driver’s seat of the Indian contingent.
Three-time PGTI Order of Merit champion Rashid Khan shot the best round as an Indian to climb up from overnight tied-41st to tied-11th at the US$1,000,000 prize money event.
Bio Kim of South Korea retained his top spot and booked his seat for the weekend action with a two-stroke lead thanks to his exceptional 8-under 62 in first and 4-under 66 in the second round.
C Dejpiratanamongkol carded 3-under 67 in the second round to remain in contention. While the Australian Travis Smyth, who was at the joint-second place after day one, lost his momentum and shot a dreary 4-over 74 to end his halfway journey at the tied-22nd position.
Among other Indians, Chikkarangappa S (69) was tied-22nd, Khalin Joshi (71) was tied-30, and Karandeep Kochhar (72) was tied-54th, while the veteran Shiv Kapur (74) was at the tied-63rd spot.
Udayan Mane, who was tied-4th alongwith Veer after the first round, had a disappointing second day of 5-over 75 at the Laguna Phuket Course to slip down to tied-115th position.
Jeev Milkha Singh and SSP Chowrasia were among the noteworthy Indians who missed the cut out due to not so good performance at the Laguna Phuket golf club.