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Bhullar stays ahead of field

Jakarta: Gaganjeet Bhullar stayed ahead of the field even though he still had two holes to play from his second round at the weather-disrupted Indonesia Open, here, on Friday.

Bhullar, who won the first Asian Tour title of his career in Indonesia, moved from seven-under in first round to 10-under after 16 holes in the second. Bhullar was playing partner Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, who had nine-under with two more holes to play.

They will return on Saturday to complete the second round alongside 52 other players.

Thailand’s Prom Meesawat showed no signs of disappointment from a play-off defeat two weeks ago when he shot a second round five-under-par 66. The burly Thai put himself in a strong position to win a second Asian Tour title since 2006 after compiling a nine-under-par 133 total, at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course, at the Damai Indah Golf.

SSP Chowrasia was in excellent form, shooting five-under 66 to move to tied 13th alongside Sujjan Singh, who was also at five-under with seven holes to play.

Anirban Lahiri (71-68), Jyoti Randhawa (69-70), Abhinav Lohan (70-70), Himmat Rai (73 and four-under through 14), Chiragh Kumar (74-67), Shiv Kapur (72 and two-under through 15) and Rahil Gangjee (75-69) looked likely to make the cut. The lone Indian in danger was Ajeetesh Sandhu (73 and three-over through 16 holes).

Thai stars Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant, both former Indonesia Open winners, fired a 67 and 64, respectively, for identical 134s in the morning before play was abandoned due to lightning threats.

Two-time Major champion Retief Goosen of South Africa moved up the leaderboard with a 65 to tie with Mardan Mamat (69) on 137 at the $750,000 Asian Tour event.

Prom turned in one-over-par 37, but marked a sensational comeback when he chipped-in from 25-feet for birdie on hole two. He immediately holed four straight birdies and added another birdie on the eighth hole to set the clubhouse target. (PTI)