SSP Chawrasia cards 69 to stay in lead on day two of Tata Steel Tour Championship
Jamshedpur, December 17, 2021
Veteran SSP Chawrasia returned a 3-under 69 and with a two-round total of 12-under 132 stayed put in the lead of the Rs. 1.5 crore Tata Steel Tour Championship here on Friday.
Twenty-one-year-old Karan Pratap Singh of Faridabad, playing only his second season as a professional, shot a blistering 65 to climb two spots to second position at 11-under 131.
Pune-based Udayan Mane, the 2019 champion, moved into tied third at 10-under 134 following his round of 66. Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar also shared third place courtesy his second round of 67.
Bengaluru’s M Dharma produced the day’s best score of eight-under 64 to be tied 16th at five-under 139.
Chawrasia (63-69), the first round leader by four shots, was quick off the blocks on Friday with birdies on the second, third and fourth.
The Kolkata-based Chawrasia three-putted from 15 feet for a bogey against the run of play on the sixth. The two-time Indian Open champion then bounced back with some excellent wedge shots that resulted in birdies on the ninth, 11th and 13th.
He then struggled over the final stretch after some erratic shots that led to a double-bogey on the 15th and a bogey on the 18th but did manage a birdie on the 16th.
"I began well but missed a lot of putts today compared to yesterday that led to losing the momentum later in the round. I did make a good come back at the turn but the missed chance on the 15th was another disappointment," said Chawrasia
Karan Pratap Singh (68-65), who has two top-10s this season, had eight birdies and a bogey during his round. Karan landed it within six feet for four of his eight birdies. He also salvaged birdies with a couple of brilliant up and downs from the bunker on the 12th and 16th.
Shubhankar Sharma (67-71) slipped six spots to tied eighth at six-under 138 after posting a 71 while Sudhir Sharma of Greater Noida fired a hole-in-one on the 10th during his round of 70. Sudhir too was in tied eighth.
Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa (73), was tied 47th at one-over 145. Joining Chikka in a share of 47th place were Indian golf legend Jyoti Randhawa (74) and Jamshedpur-based professional Karan Taunk (74).
PGTI Order of Merit leader Karandeep Kochhar (75) of Chandigarh was tied 55th at two-over 146. Kurush Heerjee (77), the second player from Jamshedpur in this field, was tied 69th at seven-over 151.