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Siddikur Rahman grabs lead

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: Mohd. Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh notched up a three under par 69 to jump into the lead after the second round of the Global Green Bangalore Open golf championship at the KGA Course here on Thursday.

Siddikur’s second round 69 took his total to four under 140.

Siddikur began on a positive note, sinking a birdie on the first.

He then hit his lob wedge approach on the third to within five feet of the pin to register his second birdie of the day.

He made the turn at one under after dropping his only bogey on the ninth.

Siddikur had a tough time on the ninth as he found the rough and the water hazard.

The Dhaka-based professional then gained a stroke by knocking in a birdie on the par three 13th, where his five iron tee shot came up just five feet short of the hole.

He then holed a 10-foot putt on the 14th to bag his last birdie of the day.

Mukesh Kumar, Chandigarh’s Ranjit Singh and Manav Jain of Delhi are one stroke behind Siddikur in tied second spot.

Day’s best

Mukesh Kumar, the 2007-08 PGTI Order of Merit champion, posted the best score of the day along with Siddikur. Mukesh’s 69 included birdies on the first, 11th, 12th, 15th and a bogey on the third.

The professional from Mhow missed a 10-foot eagle putt on the 11th but managed to salvage a birdie.

On the 12th he made a difficult 15-foot downhill putt for birdie.

His last birdie on the par three 15th came as a result of a terrific five iron tee shot that landed two feet short of the hole.

The first round leader Harendra Gupta and Anirban Lahiri are tied in the fifth place, while Banglore’s C. Muniyappa is lone seventh at one under 143.

Two other Bangalore golfers, M. Dharma and R. Srinivas, are joint 14th at two over 146, while defending champion Rahul Ganapathy (78, 80) missed the cut as he totalled 14 over 158 for the tournament.

The cut was declared at nine over 153. Fifty-one professionals and one amateur made the cut.

The scores (top five): Siddikur Rahman 140 (71, 69); 2. Manav Jain 141 (71, 70), Mukesh Kumar 141 (71, 69), Ranjit Singh 141 (70, 71); 5. Anirban Lahiri 142 (72, 70) and Harendra Gupta 142 (69, 73).

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