Kumar shines with 66 at #PanasonicOpenIndia

Fri 06 Nov 2015

Kumar shines with 66 at #PanasonicOpenIndia

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incredible india logoDelhi, November 6: Home favourite Chiragh Kumar fired a solid six-under-par 66 to race into a three-shot lead in the on-going second round of the US$400,000 Panasonic Open India on Friday.
The 31-year-old had to recover from a poor start to shoot nine birdies to lead on 11-under-par 133 at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC).
Overnight leader Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka, searching for a first Asian Tour win, slipped back to second place following a 70 which included a double bogey on the 13th hole.
Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman, a two-time Asian Tour winner, stayed in contention after battling to a 70 to share third place with Thailand’s Pawin Ingkhapradid (68) on a 138 total.
The in-form Kumar fired six straight birdies from hole 15 to recover from a poor start where he was two-over after five. He added three more birdies on his homeward nine but dropped a disappointing bogey on the last when his four feet par putt stopped short of the hole.
Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka
“I told myself to not let the poor start get to me. I missed a short birdie putt on the 14th hole and I kept telling myself to move on. Everything fell into place after that so I’m glad I missed that putt!
“I wish I holed a few more birdie putts and finish higher than I did. Being patient is something that comes with age, maturity and some experience. You keep grinding it out until the round is over,” said Kumar.
Things are looking up for Kumar on and off the course as he became a father eight months ago with the arrival of his daughter. He also finished tied second at the Venetian Macao Open three weeks ago to secure playing rights for the 2016 Asian Tour season.
“I made my fair share of birdies so I can’t complain. All my birdies were close. It has been a while since I’ve been in the lead. There’s a long day and night ahead so let’s see what happens,” said the Indian, whose best result on the Asian Tour is second at the 2011 Hero Indian Open.
Perera, who is the son to Nandasena, a famous name on the old Asian circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, was disappointed not to build on his opening round lead.
He double bogeyed the 13th hole when his approach shot from the fairway bounced into the bushes but recovered nicely by shooting four birdies on his back nine to stay within three shots of Kumar.
“At Delhi Golf Club, one shot can take away a good round. I played quite well except for the double bogey on the 13th hole. I was on the fairway but my second shot bounced into the bush which was disappointing,” said Perera, who lost in a three-way play-off last year.
“I played better golf compared to yesterday but overall it was a mixed day. I hit a lot of my shots close to the hole but couldn’t hole the putts. I won’t worry about the next two days. I’ll try to get more red numbers and see where it leads me,” he added.
Ends.