Atwal continues lead with 10-under 132
Keeping up with his first-round lead of four shot, Atwal fired one-under 70 for the day consisting three birdies and two bogeys for a one-shot lead over Dylan Frittelli, Laurie Canter, and Louis De Jager at 10-under 132.
After his second round, Atwal said: “I thought it was a lot trickier. The wind wasn’t blowing at a consistent pace and it would gust and you would look like a fool out there. I was pleased with how I played.
“The putter was definitely not as hot as the first day. I was hitting the ball just as good but it is tough to follow up a 62 with another low round. I’ll take this one-under.
“I’m really looking forward to the weekend. I feel as good as I can feel for my age. I’m feeling a bit sore but I’ll be OK tomorrow.”
Atwal had a four-shot lead on Thursday, but Dylan Fritelli’s birdie-eagle finish minimised it to just one stroke today and was joined by Englishman Canter, who received his European Tour Card just last month, after firing a five-under today with birdie-birdie towards the end of his round. Later South African Louis maintained his second position from Day one with four-under 67 today consisting five birdies and a bogey on the par-3 14th.
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Following the Top-2 spots, for a share of the fifth-place on the board are Miguel Tabuena, Jose-Filipe Lima, Ockie Strydom, Justin Walters, and Oliver Bekker at eight-under 134. Tabuena lost three-places from yesterday with his round of three-under 68 consisting a brilliant eagle on the par-5 2nd, three birdies, and two bogeys to finish his round, Lima and Strydom climbed 15 places up with five-under 66 today, and Oliver jumped two-places up with four-under 67 consisting five birdies and a bogey on the par-4 6th.
Sharing the 10th-place on the board are Mark Williams, Joel Stalter, and Louis Oosthuizen at seven-under 135.
Indians at the Event
Atwal is surely flying Indian flag high at the event but following him are other young Indian talents namely SSP Chawrasia, Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar, Shubhankar Sharma, Honey Baisoya, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Chikkarangappa, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Rahil Gangjee, Khalin Joshi and Sujjan Singh.
Chawrasia stood 33rd with Shiv Kapur yesterday, but today gained 20 spots for a shared 13th place on the board with Anders Hansen, Ricardo Gouveia, Darren Fichardt, and Romain Langasque at six-under 136. Chawrasia fired a bogey-free four-under 67 for the day.
Shiv Kapur climbed eight spots with his round of two-under 69 today consisting four birdies and two bogeys, three of his bogeys came back to back from 13th to 15th holes. Kapur now shares 25th place on the board with George Coetzee, Sutijet Kooratanapisan, and Masahiro Kawamura.
Shubhankar Sharma climbed 15 places up for a share of the 35th place on the board with one-over 72 for the day and a total score of two-under 140. Gaganjeet Bhullar shares 53rd place on the board with 71 today and a total score of one-under 141.
Chiragh Kumar, Honey Baisoya, Chikkarangappa, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Rahil Gangjee, Khalin Joshi and Sujjan Singh were unable to make the cut for the weekend.