Gaurav Pratap Singh rose to the occasion on Thursday with a seven-under 63 to be in joint lead with Ashok Kumar at nine-under 131 on Day Two of the DDA Open.
Gaurav Pratap started from the 10th and went on a rampage with three straight birdies on the 11th, 12th and 13th. He added another birdie on the 18th to go four-under at the turn. A good par save from the bunker on the first raised the 26-year-old’s confidence and he went on to collect three birdies on the third, fourth and eighth.
“I’ve been hitting it really well since the second half of the first round. I only struggled with my hitting in the first half of Round One. My putting has also been consistent. I converted a few tricky four feet putts for birdie today. One of my best birdies today came on the eighth where my chip hit the flag,” said the free-spirited Gaurav. Ashok (63, 68) made five birdies and three bogeys in the second round.
The cut was declared at two-over 142, which meant 56 professionals and two amateurs made the cut.
Kaymer surges ahead of mcdowell in Dubai
Dubai: Martin Kaymer got the best of Graeme McDowell in their battle for the European money title Thursday, shooting a 5-under 67 to take a five-shot lead over his rival after the first round of the Dubai World Championship.
Kaymer was two strokes behind first-day leader Robert Karlsson, whose 7-under 65 matches last year’s lowest opening round. The 41-year-old Swede held a one-shot lead over 19-year-old South Korean Noh Seung-yul.