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Randhawa lone Indian to make cut

Fanling: World No. 1 and defending champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open on Friday after he suffered a nightmare with the putter and double bogeyed his final hole.

Jyoti Randhawa, however, made the cut. He hit a 70 and his total of two-under 138 at the par-70 saw him placed at tied 20th. He is the lone Indian to qualify.

Himmat Rai (68-75), Shiv Kapur (69-75), Gaganjeet Bhullar (71-76) and SSP Chowrasia (76-72) missed the cut, while Digvijay Singh and Chiragh Kumar withdrew after first round cards of 80 each.

McIlroy four-putted the 10th green, his last of the tournament, to cap a frustrating two-over-par 72 round which gave him a total of five-over 145, 14 shots behind leader Michael Campbell.

“I had a great start getting it to four under and in a position from which I might have even won the tournament but then it all went on the slide,” Northern Irishman said. “Now I am going to work on few things with my putter before playing in Dubai next week,” added the 23-year-old.

New Zealander Campbell holds a one-shot lead over the field after seven birdies in a second-round 64 that took him to nine under for the tournament. (Agencies)