Veer Ahlawat shoots career-best 10-under 62 to grab clubhouse lead at rain-suspended players championship
Veer Ahlawat played an extraordinary round of 10-under 62 that made him the clubhouse leader by a massive seven shots on the rain-suspended second day.
Ahlawat, who won the Servo Masters in 2019, playing his first competitive event in six months, continued his rich vein of form on the PGTI this season with his first two rounds of 67 and 62 and going bogey-free on day two.
The 25-year-old Veer had posted seven top-10s on the tour before the season had to take a forced break due to the rise in Covid cases in India and the subsequent lockdown.
Noida’s Amardeep Malik struck a solid seven-under 65 with eight birdies and a bogey to be placed second in the clubhouse at a total of eight-under 136.
Out of a total field of 124, only 59 players completed their second round on Thursday due to the delayed start. The remaining 65 players with unfinished second rounds will resume play at 0700 hrs local time on Friday.
Veer Ahlawat, who was overnight tied second and two off the lead after round one, admitted to getting over some early nerves before getting into his groove as he restarted his season at Panchkula.
Veer said, “I’m proud of this effort as it’s my lowest ever score. My previous best was eight-under. I was a little nervous to begin the week as I’m playing an event after six months since I didn’t play on the PGTI last week due to personal reasons.
Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh (68-69) was third in the clubhouse at seven-under 137, while Harendra Gupta (71-67), another Chandigarh-based professional, was fourth in the clubhouse at six-under 138.
Round one leader Yashas Chandra of Mysuru was even-par through nine holes to be at a total of seven-under when play was suspended at 1830 hrs local time on Thursday due to fading light.