Classic Golf Resort, Mewat, Haryana, 27-02-2013
Mukesh Kumar seizes the lead with a sublime 67
Mukesh Kumar of Mhow went ahead by one stroke in round two of the PGTI Players Championship at the Classic Golf Resort in Mewat, Haryana after firing a five-under-67. Mukesh thus took his total to nine-under-135. Delhi golfers Shamim Khan and Rashid Khan are one stroke off the lead in tied second.
Mukesh Kumar (68-67), the winner at PGTI’s last event in Chandigarh last week, climbed from overnight tied fourth into the sole lead thanks to a sublime 67 on Wednesday. Mukesh sank a 10 feet putt for his first birdie of the day on the second hole. He followed that up with a birdie putt from five feet on the fourth. Kumar missed a two feet putt to drop his only bogey of the day on the fifth. He landed it within seven feet for birdies on the sixth, seventh and 15th and found the green in two to set up a birdie on the par-5 14th.
Mukesh said, “I hit it really close today, having landed it within seven feet on as many as four occasions for birdies. I also grabbed my opportunity on the par-5 14th. I continue to be in good form with the putter. It’s going to be a low-scoring week since there is not much rough on the course. Therefore, a score of nine-under at the halfway stage gives me a very good chance.”
Round one joint leaders Shamim Khan (66-70) and Rashid Khan (66-70) dropped to tied second place after firing matching scores of 70. Shamim and Rashid have tournament totals of eight-under-136.
Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa S and Greater Noida’s Mandeo Singh Pathania are in tied fourth at seven-under-137.
The cut was declared at one-over-145. Fifty-one professionals and one amateur made the cut.
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