PGTI Players Championship: Trishul Chinnappa holds on to lead, Sudhir Sharma breaks course record at Chandigarh

Bengaluru’s Trishul Chinnappa held on to the lead for the second
day in succession but it was Greater Noida-based golfer Sudhir
Sharma’s exquisite eight-under-64 that hogged the limelight in
round two of the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship, here
Wednesday.

The 31-year-old Sudhir’s magnificent effort eclipsed the
long-standing course record at the Chandigarh Golf Club (CGC) and
saw him return to form after a long gap.

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On day two, Sharma climbed
44 positions to tied fourth at eight-under-136. Chinnappa’s
three-under-69 gave him a one-shot lead at 10-under-134 at the
halfway stage of the Rs 30 lakh event.

The second position was
shared by Patna’s Aman Raj (68) and Bangladesh’s Md Dulal Hossain
(68) at nine-under-135. The previous course record of 65 was broken
after 13 long years as it was first set by legend Mukesh Kumar in
2006.

Thereafter, it was matched by the likes of Gaganjeet Bhullar,
Gaurav Ghei, Ranjit Singh, Shiv Kapur and Chinnappa.

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Chinnappa had
equaled it on Tuesday during the first round of the ongoing event.

The cut came down at even-par-144 with 57 professionals progressing
to the last two rounds.

Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (67) and
Kolkata’s Shankar Das (68) were both tied fourth along with Sudhir
at eight-under-136. Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane slipped from
overnight tied second to tied 10th at five-under-139 as a result of
his 72 on Wednesday.

The trio of Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, Harendra
Gupta and Aadil Bedi, were the best-placed among the Chandigarh
golfers as they occupied tied 12th spot at four-under-140. Jyoti
Randhawa (71) was a further shot back in tied 19th.

Local amateur
Sanju Kumar made a hole-in-one on the 14th during his round of 74.
However, he missed the cut since he totalled six-over-150.



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