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Delhi golfer leads Day 2

Delhi’s Vinod Kumar finally rose to the challenge on Friday, scoring an impressive four under-67 and leading the tables at the end of Day Two of the 11th Tata Open Golf tournament. The event is in progress at the Golmuri and Beldih golf courses.

Defending champion Kumar, who lagged behind at the seventh spot on Thursday, displayed some impressive play on Friday to breeze ahead of Om Prakash of Mhow and Sri Lanka’s Mithun Perera who are jointly tied for the second spot at six under-137. The golfers,a s per rule, switched courses on Friday.

On Friday, the cut was fixed at two over-145, after which 56 professionals and one amateur qualified for Day Two’s play. The only amateur to have qualified was Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk who had ended Day One tied on the 44th position.

Later during the day’s play, last week’s PGTI winner Kumar showed his class despite not making the best of starts. He missed a one-foot birdie putt on the second hole and his tee shot on the par-4 fourth ended up in the green-side bunker, from where he managed a birdie. He followed that up with a 15-feet birdie putt on the seventh hole.

The 32-year-old golfer, who is currently placed 11th on the Rolex Rankings, missed a chip for eagle on the ninth hole and he had to be content with a birdie. He then landed within four feet of birdies on his 10th and 13th hole as well, with his lone bogey for the day coming on the 17th hole after missing a chip putt.

“The win last week has lifted my spirits. I was in good form. The only disappointment is I missed some short putts,” Kumar said.