Panchkula’s Angad Cheema was on a roll, as he bettered his opening round six-under-65 to score seven-under-64 in second round to take the lead at 13-under-129 at the half-way stage in the Telangana Tourism-promoted Golconda Masters golf championship on Friday.
Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi, who also fired a 64, Gurgaon-based Veer Ahlawat (66), who sank two eagles on day two, the seasoned Mukesh Kumar (66) of Mhow and Ahmedabad-based Udayan Mane (66) were placed in that order following the leader.
The 28-year-old Cheema has been phenomenal in this edition of the tournament, as he has a comparatively better conversion rates on the pars.
Angad was two-under through seven holes but picked up five shots which included an eagle on the par-5 10th. With an eagle and two birdies he was four-under for the day on the par-5s.
“I’m nine-under on the par-5s over the first two days and that has put me in a great position. I’ve taken advantage of the fact that the par-5s here are short and reachable. I’ve managed to keep the errors out and not dropped any bogeys.,” he explained later, as said in a press release.
Khalin Joshi (69-64), who finished runner-up at the Golconda Masters last year after losing to Ajeetesh Sandhu in a playoff, took a big leap from overnight tied 19th as a result of his flawless 64. His round featured an eagle on the 10th and five birdies.
Veer Ahlawat (67-66) was one-over through the first five holes but then produced two eagles, both from long range, four birdies and two bogeys to close the day with a 66. Ahlawat missed out on what could have been an incredible third eagle when his 20-feet putt on the eighth hit the flag stick and got deflected.
Mukesh Kumar (67-66) and Udayan Mane (67-66) also carded scores of 66 to take a share of second place along with Joshi and Ahlawat.
Round one leader M Dharma of Bengaluru slipped to tied 10th after a round of 72 took his total to six-under-136. PGTI Order of Merit leader Syed Saqib Ahmed, another Bengalurean, was placed tied 32nd at one-under-141.
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