Muniyappa Makes a Move

Fri 09 Oct 2009

Muniyappa Makes a Move


New Delhi, October 9: Asian Tour rookie C. Muniyappa of India led the local challenge when he recovered from an early bogey to charge into the second round clubhouse lead at the Hero Honda Indian Open on Friday.

Muniyappa, who earned his tour card at Qualifying School in Thailand earlier this year, fired a three-under-par 69 for a two-day total of nine-under-par 135  at the US$1.25 million full field Asian Tour event at the DLF Golf & Country Club.

Another Indian, Digvijay Singh, posted a second consecutive 68 to take second place on 136 while Singapore-based Unho Park of Australia is three strokes back in third place on 139.

Australia's Marcus Both and Filipino Antonio Lascuna are a further stroke back on 140.

Muniyappa, who started on the back nine, managed to bounce back from a bogey on the 14th hole, when he holed two consecutive birdies in his next two holes to make the turn in 35.

He then added another two birdies on his inward nine to take an early one-stroke lead.

Also starting from the back nine, Singh kept alive his hopes for a maiden Asian Tour title when he posted three straight birdies from the 14th hole after dropping one shot on the 12th.

The 37-year-old held his nerve going into the back nine and holed two more birdies on the first and sixth holes to return with a 34 to remain in contention for his career breakthrough on the Asian Tour.