Chawrasia leads UBS Hong Kong Open by two-strokes
SSP Chawrasia cashed in his Round 1 lead to Round 2 concluding today with a total score of nine-under 131 by posting rounds of five-under 65 yesterday and four-under 66 today at UBS Hong Kong Open. Chawrasia missed the cut here in 2016 and his best result came in 2014 when he finished for a tied-fifth.
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Chawrasia is the highest ranked Indian at fourth place on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit and has had quite a successful year so far with a win at Hero Indian Open, second finish at the Panasonic Open India and 10th at the recently concluded Resorts World Manila Masters in 14 tournaments he set his feet to this year.
Leader by two after 36 holes.
— Asian Tour (@asiantourgolf) November 24, 2017
Chawrasia’s controlling round
Chawrasia posted five birdies and a bogey on the par-4 14th for a four-under 66 finish to his second round, helping him maintain his top spot as yesterday. He now leads by two-strokes over South African Thomas Aiken who moved 18 places up with a flawless six-under 64 consisting six birdies, three each on the front and back nines.
Poom Saksansins’s surge
Poom Saksansin led the field for a short while when he birdied the 16th hole, finishing his day for two-under 70 and currently shares third place with Alexander Bjork, Joakim Lagergren, and Julian Suri at five-under 135. Poom posted four-birdies and two bogeys to finish his second round today.
Poom’s last win came at the Take Solutions Masters in August 2017 at Bengaluru, India and since then has shown great improvement in his game, making him a strong contender at the event.
Bradley Neil, the latest European Tour Card recipient
Scottish Golfer Bradley Neil received his European Tour Card recently, is playing his first event in Hong Kong at the UBS Hong Kong Open. Bradley posted a total of two-over 142 over two days of the play with 71 on Thursday and Friday and has been successful in making the cut for the weekends.
Following the top three spots are Keith Horne, Thomas Detry, Micah Lauren Shin who recently won the Resorts World Manila Masters, Jamie Donaldson, Marcus Kinhult, Wade Ormsby, Dylan Frittelli, and Tommy Fleetwood the Race to Dubai Champion share the seventh-place on the board with four-under 136 on the board.
Justin Rose, Li Hao-tong, Shubhankar Sharma, Chris Hanson, James Morrison, Gavin Green, and Rafa Cabrera Bello share the 15th-place on the board at three-under 137.