Khalin Joshi leads Golconda Masters second round

Khalin Joshi clinched a two-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard of the Golconda Masters golf championship after the second round on Thursday.

Bengaluru's Khalin Joshi in action during second round of the Golconda Masters in Hyderabad.   -  special arrangement

Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi posted a four-under-67 to hog the limelight in Round 2 of the Vooty & Haldi-Golconda Masters golf championship at the Hyderabad Golf Club here on Thursday.

Joshi clinched a two-shot lead as his half-way total stood at 11-under-131. Gurugram’s Veer Ahlawat fired a 68 to move into second place at nine-under-133. Shamim Khan produced the day’s best score of 63 to rise to tied third at eight-under-134.

The three others in joint-third were Kolkata’s Shankar Das, Bengaluru’s Trishul Chinnappa and Chandigarh’s Angad Cheema. The halfway cut was declared at one-over-143 and 55 professionals made the cut.

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Khalin Joshi (64-67), who was tied second and one off the lead, got off to a flying start today with a birdie blitz on the first three holes where he played his wedges to perfection. 

The 27-year-old former Asian Tour winner landed his lob wedge approach from 44 yards within an inch of the pin on the second hole.

“I had a terrific start and was in good ball-striking form. However, I feel I could’ve played better as I didn’t really capitalize on the start," Joshi said later.

“The two bogeys on the par-3s were quite disappointing and so were the two three-putts. But, I put together a solid back-nine and made good of a lucky break on the 15th, he said.