Dubai Moonlight Classic: Diksha Dagar lies T-28th midway through second round

Leona Maguire shoots a 75 to slip after having registered a course record eight-under-par 64.

Diksha Dagar takes a shot on Day One of the Dubai Moonlight Classic. Photo: Getty Images

Diksha Dagar hung in with a gritty display at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic, the world's first professional day-night golf tourney, at the Faldo golf course here on Thursday.

Dagar was positioned tied-31st after the first round. She had shot two-over 74 as Leona Maguire, the Ladies European Tour rookie, shot a course record eight-under-par 64.

On Thursday, as the second round began, Dagar moved up to T-28th, registering par through 12 holes. Leona finished her second round with a 75 to slip.

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Dagar was the winner of the Investec Women's South African Open in March, 2019.

Midway through the second round, Esther Henseleit of South Africa added 66 to her first-round 69. She shared the lead at nine-under with Spain's Nuria Iturrios, who shot 67-68.

Maguire carded nine birdies and one bogey, completing her evening round by making a 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole under the LED lights set against the glittering Dubai Marina skyline.

Iturrios, the new LET No. 1, is tied-first. Iturrios had clinched her second Lalla Meryem Cut title in four years on Sunday.

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