Lahiri, Shubhankar pull of comebacks to make second round

Anirban Lahiri holed a 15-footer on the ninth, his closing hole in the second round, to somehow make the cut at the John Deere Classic golf tournament.

Anirban Lahiri of India plays his shot on the sixth hole during the second round of the John Deere Classic.   -  GETTY IMAGES

India’s Anirban Lahiri holed a 15-footer on the ninth, his closing hole in the second round, to somehow make the cut at the John Deere Classic golf tournament in Silvis, Illinois on Friday.

Another Indian Arjun Atwal, who was invitee in the event, missed the cut with rounds of 69 and 72.

Jhonattan Vegas, the sixth player in as many rounds on the PGA TOUR to post 62, took a one-stroke lead into the weekend.

Andrew Landry was placed second after posting a 65 in the second round.

Lucas Glover made an albatross on Par-5 10th and shot 64 to get to 11-under and was placed third.

Lahiri, who has been struggling with his scoring this season, hit 8 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation. His six-under 65 after a first round of three-over 74 got him to three-under 139 and he somehow squeezed in at tied 67th place.

Shubhankar stages dramatic comeback

Indian golf ace Shubhankar Sharma shrugged off an average first round score to make a dramatic comeback in the second round of the Aberdeen Investments Scottish Open in North Berwick, Edinburgh on Friday.

Sharma looked a different man on the day as he made the cut with a score of 66 (5- under par) in the second round after a par score i.e. 71 on Day 1.

On the other hand, S.S.P Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar couldn’t make the cut and ended the day at T-124 and T-154 respectively.

Englishman, Lee Slattery was the leader as he sat at the top tied with South African, Erik Van Rooyen and Austrian, Bernd Wiesberger at the score of (14- under par) after Day 2.

Shubhankar started the round in style with three birdies on the first nine holes. Things seemed even better when a birdie on the 11th hole finally gave him the belief that he can make the cut on a very tough day.

From 12-17 holes, Sharma was able to keep the projected cut score within touching distance and finally a birdie on the 18th which was an amazing 45 feet putt ensured that he will be going through to the final two days of the tournament.

Sharma had a bogey free round 2 ending with an overall score of 137 (5-under par) after day 2 of the event making a jump of 54 places to keep the Indian challenge alive. Sharma’s scores are 71(par) and 66 (5-under par) after round 1 and 2 respectively.