Nuh, Haryana, 30-03-2022
Rory Hie continues in the lead after a resilient 69 at Gurugram Challenge 2022 TATA Steel PGTI – ADT hosted by Classic Golf & Country Club
Dodge Kemmer, Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan in tied second; Manu Gandas and Abhijit Singh Chadha are best-placed Indians in tied fourth; Pawan Kumar fires day’s best 63
Indonesia’s Rory Hie continued in the lead following a resilient second round of three-under 69 at the Gurugram Challenge 2022 TATA Steel PGTI – ADT hosted by Classic Golf & Country Club.
The 33-year-old Rory (63-69), the first round leader by two shots, now leads by one stroke at a total of 12-under 132.
American Dodge Kemmer (67-66) shot a 66 to be placed tied second at 11-under 133 along with Thailand’s Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan (66-67) who returned a 67 on day two of the US$75,000 PGTI and Asian Development Tour (ADT) joint sanctioned event.
Manu Gandas and Abhijit Singh Chadha carded scores of 66 to be the best-placed Indians in tied fourth at a total of 10-under 134 along with Benjamin Follett-Smith of Zimbabwe and Ira Alido of the Philippines.
India’s Pawan Kumar fired the day’s best score, a sizzling nine-under 63, to move up 55 spots to tied eighth place at nine-under 135.
The halfway cut fell at three-under 141. Sixty-one professionals made the cut including 40 Indians.
Rory Hie had a poor start as he dropped bogeys on his first two holes, the 10th and 11th. However, his chipping and bunker shots got him back in the game as he collected six birdies thereafter at the cost of just one more bogey.
Rory said, “I’m glad that I was able to turn it around and salvage my round after a bad start. I was happy to end my round with two birdies on the last three holes. My best birdie was on the seventh where I hit a terrific drive and made a long putt.
“The conditions were easier today as the wind wasn’t that strong. But I didn’t create as many birdie chances today since I didn’t hit my iron shots as close as I had done in round one.
“When I got to the course I realized that I hadn’t put my 2-iron in my bag. I forgot it at the hotel and instead carried my 3-iron. So tomorrow I’ll make sure that I carry my 2-iron in the bag as it would be more useful for me at this course.”
Dodge Kemmer, lying overnight tied eighth and four off the lead, too had a slow start with a bogey on the first hole. Kemmer, an Asian Tour regular, then began reading his putts well as he birdied the seventh and ninth before getting on a run with four consecutive birdies from the 11th through the 14th. He added two more birdies and a bogey on the last three holes.
Dodge said, “My putting came on from the 11th. I sank a long putt there and thereafter hit my wedges close and drained a few more long birdie putts. One needs to be on the right side of the greens here in order to create scoring opportunities.”
Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan chipped-in for eagle on the 18th during his round of 67 that kept him in contention.
Abhijit Singh Chadha made five straight birdies during his round of 66. Manu Gandas, who also fired a 66 to share fourth place with Chadha and two others, made a long eagle putt from just off the green on the third.
Pawan Kumar attributed his top-notch effort of 63 to his much improved hitting and chipping. Pawan had two tap-in birdies on Wednesday and landed it within five feet on four other occasions. The 37-year-old, who made 17 greens in regulation on day two, closed his round in style with a chip-in for eagle on the 18th.
India’s Karandeep Kochhar, also sharing eighth place, had an incredible run of six consecutive birdies during his round of 64.
India’s Rashid Khan was in tied 24th place at six-under 138 following his 71 on Wednesday.
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