Perera joins Kochhar at top

CHANDIGARH:Karandeep Kochhar stayed in pole position to take the title at his home course after shooting a 5-under 67 in Round 2, but host Jeev Milkha Singh missed the cut in the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational here today.

Perera joins Kochhar at top

Karandeep Kochhar tees off as Jeev Milkha Singh looks on during Round 2. TRIBUNE PHOTO: RAVI KUMAR

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 18

Karandeep Kochhar stayed in pole position to take the title at his home course after shooting a 5-under 67 in Round 2, but host Jeev Milkha Singh missed the cut in the Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational here today.

The 20-year-old Kochhar made five birdies in his flawless round to get to 12-under for 36 holes. Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera caught up with Kochhar after shooting the second-best round of the day, a 7-under 65, which included eight birdies and a bogey. “I was just very confident within a radius of six to seven feet on the greens,” Kochhar said. “I made a couple of clutch par putts on the fourth and seventh that kept my round going. I hit better tee shots today as compared to Round 1 even though I returned a higher score. I know it’s important to stay in the moment and not get too ahead of myself in order to have a shot at the title this week.”

Course record

Perera and Kochhar led a group of five players, including local favourite Ajeetesh Sandhu and Rashid Khan, by three shots. Khan made a leap of 23 places after shooting the best round of the tournament so far, an 8-under 64. Khan, who is currently leading the 2019 Order of Merit, made six birdies and an eagle on the par-5 2nd hole. “I found most of the greens today and made a lot of up and downs,” Khan said. “When I began the round, I told myself to just keep the ball in play. I’m delighted to have equalled the course record,” he added.

Sandhu made four birdies and a bogey in his round of a 3-under 69. Delhi’s Himmat Singh Rai and Madhya Pradesh’s Om Prakash Chouhan shot matching 69s, while Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja shot a 68 to stay in contention at tied-3rd.

Aadil, Sujjan make big jump, Randhawa static 

Panchkula’s 18-year-old Aadil Bedi mixed eight birdies with three bogeys to shoot a 5-under 67 and climb 41 places to tied-14th at 4-under alongside veteran Jyoti Randhawa and home favourite Sujjan Singh. Sujjan also went 5-under to climb 41 places, while Randhawa shot his second successive 70 to climb three spots.

Jeev Milkha Singh’s tournament ended after a 5-over 77 saw him drop 53 places to tied-90th and miss the cut that fell at even-par 72. Jeev’s round was undone by a triple-bogey on the 613-yard par-5 7th hole, and he could manage just one birdie while making three bogeys as well.

Defending champion S Chikkarangappa shot a 68 to climb 33 places to tied-22nd at 3-under. Rory Hie (70) of Indonesia was a shot back at tied-27th.

Third ace

Ludhiana’s Pukhraj Singh Gill made a hole-in-one on the eighth, but the 23-year-old missed the cut after shooting a 79. This was the third hole-in-one of the tournament, with Thangaraja and Martendeya Sinha having achieved the feat on Day 1.

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