Chandigarh golfer Ranjit Singh was sharing the tied 13th spot along with five more golfers with a score of one-under 143 on the second day in the PGTI Eagleburg Open being played at the Eagleton Golf Resort near Bangalore. Another Chandigarh golfer Harendra Gupta was sharing the 30th spot along with eight more players with a score of one over 145. Local favourite Anirban Lahiri sizzled with an awesome 10-under-62 to seize the lead in round two. Lahiri’s two-day total stands at nine-under-135. Lucknow’s Sanjay Kumar fired a five-under-67 on Wednesday to be placed second at eight-under-136.
Anirban Lahiri (73-62) was off to a flying start in round two as he had a 30-feet eagle putt on the opening 10th where he managed to extract a birdie.
The 26-year-old went on to convert 15-footers for birdies on the 11th and 12th. Anirban’s chip for eagle missed the hole by a whisker on the 15th where he picked up his fourth birdie of the day. Lahiri carried on the good work on his second-nine as he collected birdies on the first, third, fourth and fifth. He nailed a 20-feet putt on the third and a 12-footer on the fifth. The three-time Asian Tour winner recovered well from the bunker to salvage a birdie on the seventh before landing his chip within inches of the pin for his last birdie on the ninth. He thus signed off with a near-perfect bogey-free round. Incidentally, Lahiri also holds the record for the joint lowest-to-par score in a single round ever recorded in India, thanks to his round of 12-under-60 posted a couple of years back in Greater Noida.
“It was pretty close to a dream round. I didn’t miss a single green today and had eight one-putts. I felt good about my hitting as I did not hit bad golf shots unlike the first round. I was very calm through the day and judged the speed of the greens to perfection,” said Lahiri, who won on the PGTI last week. The 2009 Rolex Rankings champion added.