Rahil Gangjee turned in a brilliant finish with four birdies in last four holes to zoom to the top-10 after the second round of the Rex Hospital Open Golf tournament on the Nationwide Tour in Raleigh.
The Kolkata golfer, playing his rookie season in the USA moved to six-under 136 and tied 10th place. The card of five-under 66 was his best this season.
Gangjee, who is looking to settle down at the highest levels in the game, opened with a birdie but then had a string of pars till the 11th and spoilt by one bogey on eighth.
A birdie on 12th changed things and then from 15th to 18th, he went on an overdrive with four birdies for a stunning five-under 30 on the back nine.
Gangjee is four shots behind the leader, Scott Brown, the 28-year-old from South Carolina, who carded a course record-tying nine-under 62 in the first round of the same event last year.
Last year’s event saw the final round washed away. Brown’s 132 is one better than Martin Flores (67) and Kyle Thompson, winner at this event in 2007, carded a 66 and is tied third at eight-under with Ryan Armour, runner-up last week at Melwood Prince George’s County Open.
However, Daniel Chopra, winner of the Fresh Express Classic on Nationwide Tour this season, missed the cut with rounds of 70-72 as the cut came at one-under.
Jeev 10th in Italy
Jeev Milkha Singh carded a superb six-under 66 to move to tied 10th after the second round of the Italian Open golf championships. However, his fellow Indians — Shiv Kapur (74-67) and SSP Chowrasia (73-73) — missed the cut.
Jeev, who arrived late (on Wednesday evening) for the tournament as his son had fallen ill, played without a practice round. He is now nine-under through two rounds in a tournament, which he says is going to be a low-scoring one.
“I have played blind in event before without a practice round and I have good memories of doing that at the Austrian Open, which I won (in 2008),” said the Indian ace. “It is a good golf course and the scores are going to be low, so it is nice to shoot a good card,” he added.
Jeev is three behind the leader Robert Rock, who is at 12-under but has never won on the European Tour.
Rock (68) is one clear of first round joint-leader Chris Wood (69) and Dutchman Joost Luiten (67) at the Royal Park I Roveri.