by sportswire4u.blogspot.com (Balbir)
PANCHKULA, MARCH 31
Anirban Lahiri of Bangalore dominated round two of the Aircel PGTI Players Championship presented by Panchkula Golf Club as he posted a seven under 65 to take the joint lead along with Brazil’s Adilson Da Silva. Da Silva, who shot a 71 on Thursday, is tied for the lead with Lahiri at seven under 137.
Naman Dawar of the Delhi Golf Club is one stroke off the pace in second position.
The cut went at six over 150. Fifty-five professionals made it to the money rounds.
Anirban Lahiri’s (72-65) classy 65 featured as many as nine birdies against two bogeys. He was in superb hitting form as he kept landing it close enough to set up relatively easy birdie putts. Lahiri, a six-time winner on the Aircel PGTI, however, was unfortunate to miss out on a couple eagle putts from eight feet. The Bangalorean chipped-in for birdie on the 17th.
“The hallmark of my round today was my outstanding driving. Even though the wind was pretty strong, I managed to hit it very straight and far.
“I made a good start with a birdie on the 10th but was in some trouble when I hit my tee shot out of bounds on the 11th. However, I made a fantastic recovery on the 11th as I got away with a bogey with my second ball. That really set the tone for the rest of the round,” said Lahiri, who climbed from overnight tied 24th to joint first as a result of his second round effort.
Adilson Da Silva (66-71) climbed from overnight tied second to join Lahiri as the co-leader after he came up with a 71 that included six birdies and five bogeys. The man from Santa Cruz, Brazil, hit it well but struggled on the greens with 33 putts in all.
Da Silva said, “The wind was blowing in the opposite direction as compared to the practice round and the first round. Thus it was an altogether different course for me today since I am playing here for the first time. Nonetheless, I still found the fairways and greens.
“The putting, however, left a lot to be desired as I made three-putts on three occasions and also missed a number of short putts.”
Delhi’s Naman Dawar (67-71) is placed third at six under 138 while Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta and overnight leader Rashid Khan of Delhi are a further stroke back in tied fourth.
Gaurav Ghei, Mukesh Kumar and Raju Ali Mollah occupy tied sixth place at four under 140.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, Shamim Khan and Sudhir Sharma lie tied ninth with matching totals of three under 141.