Grillo continues to lead by 4-strokes at 11-under
Emiliano Grillo continues his hot-streak from the opening round through the second round today with an exceptional round of 4-under-68, pouring a birdie only on his last hole after a misjudged chip on the par-4 9th, taking his total to 11-under-133 for a four-stroke lead over the Indian Shubhankar Sharma.
Sharma created a new course record at the DLF Golf and Country Club at Gurugram, India with an 8-under-64. His round consisted nine birdies and a lone bogey on par-4 5th.
Grillo playing his 111th European Tour event but has played just two outside of the majors and World Golf Championships since 2015, as he searches for his maiden victory.
Sharma’s surge today was a sight to watch after a one-over-73 on Friday.
Sharma turned in 34 with birdies on the first, fourth, and eighth, and aided them with bogey-free 30 on his back nine. A sensational approach to the 17th brought him another birdie before he birdied his final hole for the course record.
🚨 NEW COURSE RECORD 🚨The man in form Shubhankar Sharma shoots a monumental 8 under par 64!
Posted by European Tour on Friday, March 9, 2018
“Today’s round will definitely rank up there as one of my most significant achievements, especially when it is played at this course,” he said. “This is a tough course and it is not easy to go low here.
“I’m very happy with the way I played. I’ve shot a few low numbers in my career and this one is right in my top five.
“If you told me I would be seven under par going into the weekend after being five over par on my opening nine holes yesterday, I would just have laughed. To be able to bounce back is really important, I knew I was playing well and I had to push myself a little.”
Sharma’s playing partner Andrew Johnston fired 6-under-66 for the day consisting seven birdies and a bogey on the par-3 5th after back to back birdies from second to the fourth hole. Johnston climbed 33 spots up from his Friday’s finish, for a T-3rd spot on the board at 6-under-138 and joined by Pablo Larrazabal, Matt Wallace, Keith Horne, Jens Dentorp, and Panuphol Pittayarat.
Indians at the Event
After Shubhankar Sharma’s surge today, Khalin Joshi too got motivated and posted a bogey-free round of 4-under-68 on one of the toughest course on the Tour. Joshi currently stands at T-9th with Sebastien Gros, Joost Luiten, Jeunghun Wang, Marc Warren, Casey O’Toole, Paul Peterson, and Sihwan Kim at 4-under-140.
Ajeetesh Sandhu stood T-7th in the opening round and dropped to T-31st with his round of 4-over-76 today, consisting three birdies, three birdies, and two unfortunate double-bogeys on the par-5 8th and par-4 14th. Sandhu is joined by Anthony Wall, Clement Sordet, and Jyoti Randhawa at level-par-144. Randhawa is still left to play his remaining three holes.
Anirban Lahiri recovered well from a triple-bogey on par-4 17th with four birdies and two bogeys in his round keeping him at 1-over-145 for a T-35th position on the board.
Following Lahiri by a shot is Indian Amateur Kshitij Naveed Kaul tied for a 45th position on the board at 2-over-146 with Chris Wood, Robert Rock, Ashun Wu, Jarin Todd, Matteo Manassero, and Micah Lauren Shin.
The defending champion SSP Chawrasia had a tough day on the greens going five-over-76 for the day consisting of six bogeys and just one birdie on the par-4 13th, taking his total to 7-over-151, resulting in a missed cut for the man who was looking to defend his title for consecutive second time after winning it back to back in 2016 and 2017.
Cut for the weekends is set at 3-over-par and has few players left to finish their second rounds due to bad light.