Peterson breaks Indian stronghold #PanasonicOpenIndia

New Delhi, Nov 3: American Paul Peterson broke the Indian stronghold by firing a bogey-free eight-under-par 64 to take the second round lead at the Panasonic Open India on Friday.

Peterson, who is making his debut at the Panasonic Open India this week, started the day five shots back of the lead.

But he made his move quickly by carding four birdies for an outward 32 before adding another four in his inward-nine to compile a two-day total of 11-under-par 133 at the Delhi Golf Club.

India’s Shiv Kapur had his near-flawless card marred by a double-bogey six on the par-four three which moved him down to second place having taken the clubhouse lead in the morning.

Shiv Kapur of India

Shiv Kapur of India

Shamim Khan, who is currently leading the money list on the domestic circuit, signed for a 69 to take third place while S.S.P. Chawrasia remained in contention for another Panasonic Open India victory after returning with a 69 for a share of fourth place with compatriot Divyanshu Bajaj at the US$400,000 event.

Play was suspended due to darkness at 5.30pm (local time) with two players- Aman Raj and Feroz Singh Garewal set to resume their rounds at 8am on Saturday morning.

The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.

Did you know?

  • Peterson is making his debut appearance at the Panasonic Open India this week.
  • The American enjoyed a tied-eighth finish at the Indonesia Open last week.
  • He came through the Asian Tour Qualifying School in 2014 and claimed his first title on the European Tour at the 2016 D+D REAL Czech Masters.
  • Shamim Khan is one of the leading money earners on the PGTI money list. He has 14 domestic wins and won the Order of Merit in 2012.
  • The Delhi Golf Club is Shiv Kapur’s home course. He also welcomed the latest addition to his family, his daughter Veda in August.
  • S.S.P. Chawrasia won the Panasonic Open India 2014 and has six Asian Tour victories. Five of them have come from home soil.

Players’ Quotes

 ”I’ll be very happy if I can do the same for the first two rounds. If 20-under-par isn’t good enough for a win, then hats off to the person who beats me” – Shiv Kapur

Paul Peterson (Usa) 64 (-8), Total 133 (-11)

It feels good to see my putts rolling in and being able to hit some good shots especially the par-fives. I managed to hit three of the par-fives in two and that was the key for scoring especially on the par-fives. It was good to score well on the par-five. I was really consistent and hit a lot of fairways and greens. It would have been even better if I holed more putts. They were a little slower but I’ll make some adjustments tomorrow. I’m happy to be where I am.

Shiv Kapur (Ind) Second round 69 (-3), Total 134 (-10)

All things considered, I did well today. I played my opening nine holes (10-18) pretty solid and I didn’t miss a shot. Although, I made one bad swing at the third as I was trying to do too much with the shot. I was trying to turn the ball around the corner, but I hit it into the bush and made double bogey. But, I felt that I hung in there quite well for the rest of the round and didn’t let it slip away. I scored a birdie on 8th and par on 9th, so there’s positive momentum going into the weekend. During the press conference I mentioned that 15-under-par is the winning score, but looking at the way the leading golfers are playing, it will probably even more. Going into the weekend, I’ll be very happy if I can do the same for the first two rounds. If 20-under-par isn’t good enough for a win, then hats off to the person who beats me.

S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) Second round 69 (-3), Total 136 (-8)

I carded three-under-par today and five-under-par yesterday, so I’m really happy at the moment. I hit some bad shots today, but I was able to recover well. At the 16th, I drove left into the bush, chipped out and managed to hit the green from 207 yards. Then, I sunk a 20-feet putt to save par. For sure, that hole boosted my confidence for the rest of the round.

Shamim Khan of India

Shamim Khan of India

Shamim Khan (Ind) Second round 69 (-3), Total 135 (-9)

I had an exceptional front-nine as I was four-under through five holes and five-under through eight holes. But then missed some short putts on the back-nine that resulted in two bogeys. I hit it pretty close on the front-nine and left myself birdie putts from a range of seven feet on four occasions. The best birdie of the day was the 15-footer on the third. My putting was quite consistent. I need to improve on my tee shots if I have to have a chance here. I have a good platform for the last two rounds, just need to keep the errors out from here on.

Divyanshu Bajaj (Ind) Second round 68 (-4), Total 136 (-8)

I’m feeling great about my game. I’ve been playing well in the second half of the year, evident from the good finish at the TAKE Solutions Masters. Weekend strategy? Well, I just want to play my game, keep out of trouble and hopefully I’ll be in a good position come Sunday.

Leading scores after round 2 of the Panasonic Open India 2017 being played at the par 72, 6935 Yards Delhi GC course (am – denotes amateur):

133 – Paul PETERSON (USA) 69-64.

134 – Shiv KAPUR (IND) 65-69.

135 – Shamim KHAN (IND) 66-69.

136 – S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) 67-69, Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 68-68.

137 – Ajeetesh SANDHU (IND) 64-73, Honey BAISOYA (IND) 69-68.

138 – Akshay SHARMA (IND) 68-70, Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA) 67-71.

139 – Zamal Hossain MOLLAH (BAN) 69-70, Amardip MALIK (IND) 68-71, Karandeep KOCHHAR (IND) 71-68, Sudhir SHARMA (IND) 69-70, Chiragh KUMAR (IND) 68-71, Manu GANDAS (IND) 72-67, Om Prakash CHOUHAN (IND) 70-69, Scott BARR (AUS) 68-71.

140 – M. DHARMA (IND) 70-70, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 69-71, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 70-70, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 68-72, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 73-67, Rashid KHAN (IND) 71-69.

141 – Mukesh KUMAR (IND) 72-69, Arnond VONGVANIJ (THA) 71-70, Veer AHLAWAT (IND) 71-70, Steve LEWTON (ENG) 68-73.

142 – Kapil KUMAR (IND) 73-69, Gaurav GHEI (IND) 71-71, Khalin JOSHI (IND) 70-72, Mithun PERERA (SRI) 73-69.


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