Bangkok: Anirban Lahiri blasted his way to the day’s best card of eight-under 64 to rocket to tied third position behind Spanish star Sergio Garcia (65) and US Open winner Justin Rose (68) at the end of the second day of the $1 million Thailand Golf Championships.
Lahiri’s flawless round included six birdies and an eagle, while Garcia had five birdies and an ace with no bogeys and Rose landed an eagle and three birdies against one bogey.
He was two shots behind Garcia, who has his girlfriend on the bag, and Rose.
Lahiri was at nine-under 135 and shared the third spot with overnight leader German Alex Cejka (71) and Frenchman Alexander Levy (65), while the flamboyant American Rickie Fowler came into his own with six-under 66 to be at 6th spot.
Sujjan Singh, who has been Lahiri’s roommate for the past few weeks on the Asian Tour, turned in a three-under 69 with five birdies, four of them on back nine, against two bogeys to get to seven-under 137 in tied seventh place.
Sujjan had classy company in world No. 3 Henrik Stenson (67), Asian Tour Money list leader, Kiradech Aphinbarnrat (68) and former Avantha Masters winner, Andrew Dodt (65).
Gaganjeet Bhullar (73) fought back courageously despite running into a unlucky triple bogey on par-4 14th, where he found his drive into an embankment of an bunker and had to struggle his way to a seven.
He finished with a birdie on 18th to stay in the picture at five-under 139 and in tied 11th place alongside Thailand’s young Arnond Vangvanij (74) and two others.
As the cut fell at one-over, only four of the 12 Indians who started the week, made the weekend.