Korean Lee stays ahead #BBO

Thu 11 Feb 2016

Korean Lee stays ahead #BBO

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Dhaka, February 11: Overnight co-leader Soomin Lee of Korea stayed in the title hunt after carding a second round two-under-par 69 to maintain his clubhouse lead at the ongoing US$300,000 Bashundhara Bangladesh Open on Thursday.
The 22-year-old Korean, who enjoyed a tied-second place finish last year, mixed his card with five birdies against three bogeys for a mere one-shot lead on nine-under-par 133 total at the Kurmitola Golf Club.
Chikkarangappa S.of India Chikkarangappa S.of India
Indian duo Chikkarangappa S. and Shubhankar Sharma soared into a share of second place following respective rounds of 66 and 68 rwhile Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert rediscovered some of his best form after posting a 69 to stay two shots off the pace at the second edition of the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open.
Local talent Shakhawat Sohel is currently the best-placed Bangladeshi following a splendid 66. He trails by three shots alongside India’s Rahil Gangjee (67) and Mithun Perera (70) of Sri Lanka while home favourtie Siddikur Rahman settled a further three shots back after battling to a 71.
Lee was disappointed not to emulate his opening round magic but took it in his stride as he is still in a prime position to mount a weekend charge for his breakthrough title.
“I kept trying out there. I started from the 10 and made my first birdie of the day on 12 where I sank a 25-footer putt. That got my game going. I told myself to keep trying to make good shots like how I did yesterday. It didn’t happen which was disappointing but I thought overall, my game was still good. Only my iron-play wasn’t as sharp as yesterday,” Lee said.
“I still have two more rounds to go. I just want to enjoy myself. I want to focus on my golf and not think about winning. Knowing that I’ve played well on this course before definitely gives me a bit of confidence. Hopefully I can remain consistent for the next two rounds,” added Lee, who is playing in his second year on the Asian Tour.
Shubhankar Sharma of India Shubhankar Sharma of India
Chikka had a slow start to the round where he nailed only one birdie against eight pars to turn in 34. He dropped a shot on 10 but bounced back gallantly with a birdie-birdie-eagle starting from 12 and closed with another birdie on 18 after sinking a 25-footer.
“I was playing alright on the front nine. I stumbled with a bogey on 10 and I didn’t hit a good drive on 11 but the turning point came on the 12 where I holed a 15-footer for birdie and then made a second straight birdie on 13 before chipping in for eagle from just off the green on 14,” said the 22-year-old India.
“I am just going to stick to my game for the next two rounds. I have been in contention before and I just want to stick through it. It’s all about being patient, stay calm and relax. I just want to enjoy myself out there,” Chikka added.
Shubhankar marked his otherwise perfect card with a double-bogey on 12 but was still delighted to put himself in contention for a maiden win on the region’s premier Tour.
“I played better yesterday but today was good too. I got off to a good start with a birdie on 10 but made a double-bogey on 12 after hitting it into the bunker and duffed two shots from there. I just told myself to forget about the double-bogey and move on from there,” said the 19-year-old Indian.
“I told myself to try and get as many birdies as I can. Overall, I think I played really good these two days. I am very happy with where I stand right now. My driving and putting were pretty solid. I just need to work on my irons right now. Driving is very important on this course. If you can hit it straight, you can give yourself more opportunities for birdies,” added Sharma.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand
With the Olympic Games looming in July where golf will be reintroduced as a medal sport, the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open will be a good opportunity for players in the region to earn their spots in Rio de Janeiro with the Official World Golf Ranking points on offer.
Ends.
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