Ghei, Bhullar, Chowrasia make the cut, four others fail

Beijing, Apr 18 (UNI) Gaurav Ghei fired 69, the best amongest the Indians, and along with Gaganjeet Bhullar, and SSP Chowrasia made the cut while their four other compatriots fell by the wayside in the US$ 2.2 million Volvo China Open Golf here today.

Rahil Gangjee, Shiv Kapur, Amandeep Johl and Digvijay Singh failed to make it to the money making round after the cut was appiled at four over 148.

Gaurav Ghei (76, 69) ensured he was the only Indian who shot a red number in the second round. As result of his solid round, the 2007 Pine Valley Beijing Open championhip, made a huge leap on the leaderboard, climbing from overnight tied 98th to tied 29th.

Ghei's front nine on day two was punctuated by a birdie on the sixth and a bogey on the eighth. On the inward nine, Ghei started with a flourish as he birdied the 10th, 11th and 13th. He then bogeyed the 15th before picking up another birdie on the 17th.

Bhullar carded 75 in round two and slipped from overnight tied ninth to tied 23rd. The Kapurthala lad lies eight strokes behind the current leader, Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera (67, 69) who has a two-round total of eight under 136.

Bhullar followed up his first round 69 with a 75 this afternoon.

He started round two with a bogey-birdie on the first two holes and then made another bogey on the ninth. The big-hitter showed signs of recovery on the back nine as he knocked down a birdie on the 13th.

However, the 19-year-old did not close the round as he would have liked to, dropping a double bogey and a bogey on the 17th and 18th respectively. He now heads into the weekend rounds with a total of even par 144.

SSP Chowrasia (74, 73) has an overall score of three over 147 for the first two rounds. He occupies tied 50th place at the moment.

Chowrasia who teed-off from the 10th, had a relatively quiet first nine, dropping a double bogey on the par four 14th and following that up with a birdie on the 18th.

On his second nine, Chowrasia fell back after he made bogey-birdie- bogey-bogey on the fourth,fifth, sixth and seventh holes. But the Emaar MGF Indian Masters champion closed day two on a high by sinking birdies on the eighth and ninth.

Rahil Gangjee ended the tournament in tied 77th (six over 150) after returning scores of 77 and 73. On Friday, Gangjee sank birdies on the fifth, ninth, 13th and bogeyed the fourth, 14th, 15th and 17th.

Shiv Kapur took his total to fourteen over 158 when he turned in a second consecutive 79. He finished the tournament in 144th position.

Amandeep Johl (80, 81) finished with a score of seventeen over 161 for the tournament to be tied 147th. Digvijay Singh (83, 80) finished two strokes behind Johl in tied 150th place.


Story first published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 19:05 [IST]
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