Manila, The Philippines, 14-03-2014

Chowrasia one shot behind leaders at Solaire Open

India’s SSP Chowrasia (68-68) registered a second straight 68 to lie third at the halfway stage of the US$300,000 Solaire Open in the Philippines. Chowrasia’s six-under-136 total placed him one shot behind the joint leaders, the Filipino duo of Angelo Que and Miguel Tabuena.

Chowrasia, winner of two events co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, turned in another consistent round after making changes to his putting stance.

“My putting was good. I really struggled with my putting in the last few months but I made a small change in my putting stance. Now my hand is positioned slightly in front instead of behind,” he explained.

“There’s no secret to my good scores. No doubt, the course is very challenging and it reminds me of the courses in Europe but the weather there is obviously colder! I like to play on windy courses because I hit my balls really low. Unfortunately, I had one bad drive (out of bounds) on the fifth hole for a double bogey,” said Chowrasia.

Rahil Gangjee (70-74) was the other Indian to make the cut. He was placed tied 47th at two-over-144 after his second round of 74.
The halfway cut was set at three-over-145 with a total of 69 players making the weekend rounds.

Sujjan Singh (eight-over-150), Himmat Rai (10-over-152) and Abhinav Lohan (11-over-153) were the three Indians who missed the cut.

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