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Poor day for Indians as Jyoti, Shiv slip down the leaderboard

New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) It was an uneven day for the Indians as overnight leader Jyoti Randhawa and Shiv Kumar slipped down the leaderboard, Arjun Atwal and Digvijay Singh kept the hosts hopes alive while Ireland's Damien McGrane emerged second round leader after a three-under-par 69 at the EMAAR-MGF Indian Masters here today.

In all 14 Indians were among the 70 golfers who made the cut which was applied at 3 over par 147.

Jyoti Randhawa had a dismal second round of 5 over 77 which saw the title contender Indian to slip to tied 15th slot with an two round total of 142.

Another Indian, Shiv Kapur, who hogged the lime light yesterday with four under 68 had a disastrous round of 6 over 78 and with a total of 146 (68,78) he went tumbling down to joint 56th place.

Worst was to follow as Jeev Milkha Singh failed to make the cut. The famed Indian pro carded his second successive five over par 77 round and with a total of ten over 154 ended at joint 102 slot.

However, it was left to Arjun Atwal and Digvijay Singh to bring some cheers for the home crowd.

Atwal and Digvijay Singh both tied at joint 17th place yesterday, again fired identical two under par 70 for the second day running which propelled them to joint 6th place with an aggregate of 4 under 140 each.

Unheralded Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia also excited the crowd with another steady one under par 71 round. He had shot two under in his first round and with a total of 3 under 141 he was lying at joint 12th place.

He had two bogeys and equal number of birdies but fired an eagle on the eighth to go out with 34 and while coming back he had one bogey to end with 37.

Chowrasia was happy to be playing on one of his favourite courses in India as he hopes to improve on his 71 over the weekend.

''It's been great and the putting has been the key for me so far.

I don't find much of a difference playing in India and in other countries but this is definitely one of my favourite courses. It is short and narrow which suit my style of play so I hope to score better tomorrow,'' he said.

Jyoti was totally off colour today and came up with a worst performance on his favourite course. He started Disastrously hiting a bogey but he soon recovered with a birdie.

But disaster struck him when he had triple bogey on the sixth. He hit a birdie on the eight to end with three over 39 while going out.

He failed to improve on his return in which he dropped two strokes to end the highly forgettable round at five over.

Gaurav Ghei had the best round amongst the Indians. He shot five under 69 and that took his two round total to 144. He along with Amandeep Johl, who shot one under 71 were at tied 33 with identical total.

Harmeet Kahlon also had three over 75 and was at joint 45th with 145 (70,75) five over.

Giving Shiv Kapur company at joint 56th place was another Indian, C Muniyapa, who returned five over 77 for two round total of 146 (69,77).

Ali Sher (77,70), Randhir S Ghotra (74,73), Shamim Khan (73,74) and Rahul Ganpathy (76,71) also moved into the money making round.


Story first published: Friday, February 8, 2008, 21:13 [IST]
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