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Steady Rafick takes the lead

other Updated: Dec 10, 2010 00:12 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
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Consistently inconsistent. That is how Rafick Ali Mollah sums up his golf in the last three years. The 41-year-old from Kolkata has failed to stitch a decent performance through one full round in the last two years and that showed in his conservative approach on the back nine at the Bombay Presidency Golf Club.

On Thursday at the CG Open, Rafick had six birdies on the first 10 holes and almost a hole-in-one on the 10th and one would have expected him to extend his lead. But the experienced golfer took a safety-first approach.

The ploy worked as Rafick became the second golfer in two days to equal the course record with a seven-under-63 to open up a two-shot lead over overnight leader Karanjit Singh, who fired a 69 to finish the day at eight-under-132

"I was playing well in patches over the last few months and therefore could not produce any good scores. I'm glad that I've been able to put together a solid round after a long time," said Rafick, who has finished in the top-10 twice this season.

Despite the bogey-free round on Thursday, Rafick insists his priority would be not to drop shots over the next two days, claiming it was a tough course.

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