Golf: Harendra Gupta fires 64 to emerge second round leader

By Harpal Singh Bedi/NetIndian News Network

Faridabad, July 24, 2019

Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta fired a blistering eight-under 64 to emerge leader by four shots at 10-under 134 after the second round of the Tata Steel PGTI Feeder Tour event at the Aravalli Golf Course in Faridabad here today.
Nine-time winner Gupta’s stunning round featured two eagles-twos, six birdies and a double-bogey.
There was a three-way tie for second place at six-under 138 between first-round leader Chandigarh-based rookies Amrit Lal (72) and Shabeg Singh Kooner (69) and Sri Ganganagar’s Sandeep Singh (69). 
Delhi’s Sachin Baisoya carded an error-free seven-under 65 to take a share of fifth place at five-under 139 along with another Delhi golfer Jaiveer Singh Atwal (72).  
Gurugram’s Kushal Singh sank two eagle-twos during his round of 70. He ended the second round in tied 10th at three-under 141. The two local  golfers, Abhinav Lohan (four-under 140) and Ramesh Kumar (one-under 143) were placed tied seventh and tied 12th, respectively.
The cut was applied at six-over 150. Thirty-eight golfers made the cut for the third and final round.
Harendra Gupta (70-64), who was overnight tied ninth, leapfrogged the rest of the field on Wednesday thanks to his outstanding wedge play. Harendra was one-over through four holes after a double-bogey on the fourth where he hit a poor bunker shot and followed that up with a missed putt from two feet.
However, Gupta then made a tremendous recovery that began with birdies on the eighth and ninth. He landed his approach within inches of the flag on the ninth. A couple of quality chip-putts earned him two more birdies on the 11th and 12th.
The seasoned Harendra finally enjoyed a fantastic finish picking up five shots on the last three holes. On the 16th he holed his second shot from 65 yards and on the 17th he again holed his second shot, this time from the bunker, from 30 yards, to pick up consecutive eagle-twos.
Gupta capped the round with another terrific wedge shot from 120 yards on the 18th that resulted in a four-feet birdie conversion.
Harendra said, “My wedge play today was probably the best it has ever been. It was unbelievable to make two eagle-twos in succession and then back it up with another birdie right at the end. It was a remarkable recovery considering I was one-over through the first four holes.
“I’ve not had a very consistent season so far so this round will do me a world of good. I’ll need to be accurate with the tee shots in the final round as the fairways are narrow and the rough is up.”

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