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Bhullar tied-3rd in Kenya Open, Chikka, Joshi assured of cut

Press Trust of India  |  Nairobi 

Indian followed up his first round of six-under 65 with a second round 70 to lie tied-third after 36 holes of presented by Absa on Friday.

Bhullar trails the leader (64-66) by five shots. Jack Singh Brar, the first round joint-leader, was lying second with rounds of 64-70.

Sharing the third spot with Bhullar was the in-form (70-65) who is trying to get inside top-50 of world ranking to qualify for the Masters and of Italy, who had rounds of 67-68.

Also moving up was S Chikkarangappa (70-69) and he was tied-12th, though some players were still on the course. Khalin Joshi (72-69) was also safe through to the weekend action at tied-33rd.

However, Shubhankar Sharma, who defends his title in next week, was outside the cut line after a first round three-over 74. He needs a low second round to make the cut, which is likely to fall at around one-over.

Bhullar had an error-free six-under on the first day and in the second round, which was yet to be completed, he suffered from a lapse in the middle of the round as he bogeyed three times in five holes from sixth to 10th. He also had four birdies, three of them in his last eight holes.

Bhullar was a picture of consistency in his first round 65, birdieing the first, sixth, seventh and eighth to turn in 31. Another birdie at the 14th had him in a four way tie for the lead and a long putt on the 17th moved him to six under.

Chikka had an eagle on each of the first two days. He eagled the par-5 sixth on first day and then did the same on the second day at the par-5 12th hole.

Interestingly, Khalin also had an eagle, but on par-4 10th during his second round 69.

Brar, who is an English of Indian origin, picked up five shots in his last four holes to share the lead with after round one.

Brar is playing only his 15th event. He turned professional in 2017 after taking three points from four in a losing Walker effort and graduated from the European Challenge Tour last season with the help of a win at the Cordon Open.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 16:55 IST
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