Thai Poom Saksansin in lead as Indians dominate leaderboard at Take Solutions Masters golf
Thailand’s Poom Saksansin is in the lead at Take Solutions Masters golf followed by Indians Khalin Joshi and Sujjan Singhother sports Updated: Aug 04, 2017 20:18 IST
It seemed like the Thai, Poom Saksansin, is in love with the Karnataka Golf Association Course as he is with dosa and chicken tikka, a dish which he admits he can eat until weeks till he is bored! In an almost repeat of his first-round heroics, the 24-year-old added a 4-under 67 to his overnight 64 to march into the money-making rounds armed with a four-shot lead in the $300,000 Take Solutions Masters here on Friday.
Barring the visitor, the leaderboard was dominated by the Indians (seven in the top-10 and 21 in the top 31), led by local heroes. Khalin Joshi was in the sole second position after signing a 4-under par card, while Rahil Gangjee, who shot the day’s best of 5-under 66, Viraj Madappa, and S Chikkarangappa were tied for the third position along with Sujjan Singh and Indonesian Rory Hie, all carding an identical score of 6-under 136. Syed Saqib Ahmed and Divyanshu Bajaj were tied for the eighth place along with Malaysian Danny Chia.
Amongst the notable names who missed the cut were Malaysian Gavin Green, Jeev Milkha Singh, Rashid Khan and C Muniyappa after the cut was applied at 3-over 145.
Saksansin who rarely finds time to soak in the sights and sounds of the country he visits while living out of the suitcase, began his second round from where he had left off. Although he found the KGA a little short in terms of the yardage, but that worked as an advantage in disguise as the diminutive pro was left with shorter irons to work, giving him ample birdie opportunities.
Making three birdies in the first four holes of his return journey, Saksansin was set for a high score. However, the headwinds tied him down and he was content not to lose a shot. The first and only bogey in his 36-holes came on the par-4 17th, where he misread the line from short distance. However, he promptly resurrected it with a closing birdie, which he almost holed for an eagle. “It was difficult to control the ball under the weather conditions. I am happy to see myself at the top and hope to keep it the same way,” said the leader who will play with his friend-turned-city guide Khalin.
Homegrown boy Khalin who incidentally won his last title as an amateur at this course, hit as many as 17 greens in regulation but failed to convert into birdies as much as he wanted to. With two birdies and as many bogeys in his first half, the 25-year-old turned the heat on his return journey. With successive birdies on the first two holes and a similar feat one hole later, Khalin was in the reckoning. Although he missed a few birdie chances from close, he ensured that there was no further dent in his scorecard.
Top scores after 36 holes:
131 Poom Saksansin (THA) (64, 67); 135 Khalin Joshi (IND) (68, 67); 136 Sujjan Singh (IND) (67, 69), Viraj Madappa (IND) (66, 70), Rory Hie (INA) (69, 67), Rahil Gangjee (IND) (70, 66), Chikkarangappa S. (IND) (68, 68); 137 Syed Saqib Ahmed (IND) (67, 70), Danny Chia (MAS) (70, 67); Divyanshu Bajaj (IND) (66, 71)