A birdie start was hardly the inkling of a bumpy back nine in store and Jeev Milkha Singh found himself lying at tied 69th after beginning his campaign at the 91st PGA Championship with a mundane two-over 74.
Jeev had a sedate front nine where birdies on the first and seventh holes more than made up for the stroke he dropped on the fourth.
It was on his way back that Jeev hit a snag.
He began his back nine journey with a bogey and dropped two more shots on the 16th and 17th holes, failing to sink a single birdie on this treacherous stretch of the Hazaeltine National Golf Club.
Himmat rises, Ghei misses cut
Himmat Rai surged to the tied 12th spot with a brilliant five-under 66 but veteran Gaurav Ghei fell wayside after turning in a three-over 74 in the second round of the Queen’s Cup golf tournament.
Among other Indians, Anirban Lahiri (68) was tied 21st with a total of three-under 139. Rahil Gangjee (70) and C. Muniyappa (70) shared the 43rd spot with totals of even-par 142.
Bhullar takes lead
Gaganjeet Bhullar remained on course for the title, carding a second successive three-under 69 to lead the pack by two strokes after the third round of the PGTI Players Championship.