Golfer Lahiri cards 67 in European Masters

Crans Montana (Switzerland), July 25 (IANS) Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri carded another three-under 67 to share the 14th position after his second round of the 2.7 million euros European Masters at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club here.

Starting on the back-nine 10th hole, current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Lahiri ran out in 32 by trading four birdies and a bogey on the 16th hole on Friday.

The 28-year-old stumbled briefly with another bogey at the par-four first but drained a 10-foot putt for birdie on seventh to take his two-day total to six-under 134.

Danny Willet of England fired a sensational eight-under 62 to get a total of 13-under 127 – one shot ahead of second-placed Y.E. Yang and Seukhyun Baek. Both the South Koreans scored matching 63s on Friday.

Lahiri’s compatriot S.S.P. Chawrasia made a strong comeback after an opening 70 by mixing five birdies and a bogey for a 66 to be joint 25th.

Jyoti Randhawa scored even-par 70 to finish with a 36-hole total of two-under 138 after the second round of the only event on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 2009.

Randhawa took tied 49th spot, same as Rashid Khan after he was through to 15 holes.

Despite the effects of a marathon week at the open, Bengaluru-based Lahiri is ready to keep fatigue at bay as he continues to stay in the mix at the Swiss showpiece.

“The body’s still feeling a little tired as it was a really long week in St Andrews. But I’m feeling fine. I’ve been lucky with the draw as I played late yesterday and managed to sleep in a little with the fog delay,” the seven-time winner on the Asian Tour said in a statement.

“I feel like I’m playing a lot better than I’ve scored. It’s always hard reading these greens as I missed a few six to eight footers but it’s still a good sign for me. I’m beginning to play more solid and I’m still in position. Hopefully it’ll be a big weekend and I can contend.”

Other Indians in the fray, Digvijay singh, Shiv Kapur, Rahil Gangjee and Jeev Milkha Singh were in danger of missing the half-way cut, while Gaganjeet Bhullar retired after playing nine holes where he was eight-over 43.

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