Rahil Gangjee follows, Hoshino leads with 10-under-132
Rahil Gangjee played one of the most iconic rounds of his career to jump 22 spots up from his Thursday’s finish for a T-2nd with eight birdies and two bogeys, taking his total to eight-under-134 to stand just two-strokes behind the opening round co-leader Rikuya Hoshino.
Gangjee has failed to make the cut at all the three events he played on the Asian Tour, this year. He was forced to retire in his first two events in Singapore and Myanmar, and his last win on the Asian Tour came in 2004 in China.
Gangjee is joined by Shingo Katayama, Ben Leong, Ryosuke Kinoshita, Hyung-sung Kim, and Sanghyun Park. Gangjee played the lowest round of the day which catapulted his position on the board from 2-under-69 on Thursday to 8-under-134, the leader Hoshino stands tall at 10-under-132 with three-under-68 today consisting a birdie, birdie, par, and birdie run on his last four holes.
His co-leader Katayama from the opening round lost his spot with 1-under-70 for the day where he found trouble with keeping him from posting pars and ended up with five birdies and four bogeys.
There’s two-strokes gap at 6-under-136 for a T-8th position with the group consisting Jazz Janewattanond, Thanyakorn Khrongpa, and Masahiro Kawamura, their rounds stood at 68, 69, and 70 for the day.
A total of 62 players made it to the weekends with the cut set at one-under-141.
Indians at the event
Ajeetesh Sandhu stands T-15th with Toshinori Muto, Jbe Kruger, Junggon Hwang, Shohei Karimata, Narutoshi Yamaoka, Brad Kennedy, Kenichi Kuboya, Yuki Inamori, Giwhan Kim, Michael Hendry, and Miguel Tabuena at 4-under-138.
Arjun Atwal, Shiv Kapur, and SSP Chawrasia shared the T-48th position on the board to make it into the last group to qualify for the weekend at one-under-141.
What do you think, can Gangjee win his another title after a gap of 14 years on the Asian Tour? Shiv Kapur’s win draught lasted for over 12 years, and it ended with a win at the Yeangder Heritage Championship in Taiwan, in May 2017.