Randhawa, Chadha and two other Indians make a cut at the Mauritius Open
BEL OMBRE (Mauritius): Jyoti Randhawa and Abhijit Singh Chadha They were among the four Indian golfers who made the cut at AfraAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Friday.
The seasoned Randhawa as well as the in-from Chadha were both five-under at the end of the second round of this Euro 1 million event co-sanctioned by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours at the stunning Heritage Golf Club .
The award-winning course has the Indian Ocean on one side and mountains on the other.
The 47-year-old Randhawa and the 28-year-old Chadha were tied 35th along with five other participants.
Udayan Mane and Viraj Madappa, tied 56th at three-under, were the others to have made the cut.
Some 17 Indian golfers played the opening day of the fifth edition of the tri-sanctioned event, which was held at the best golf course in the Indian Ocean.
Randhawa and Chadha were seven shots off the pace and expressed optimism of climbing up the leaderboard in the weekend.
At the start of his sixth race in the European Circuit, the 25-year-old Scottish rookie Calum Hill fired an excellent eight under 64 to take a shot advantage after the second round.
Hill moved to 12-under for the tournament after he carded the best round of the day that included nine birdies and a bogey.
Following the Scot was an impressive group of players in Rolex Series winner Brandon Stone, Belgian Thomas Detry and Frenchman Matthieu Pavon, who were at 11 under for the tournament, a shot clear of two more Frenchmen -- Benjamin Hebert and Antoine Rozner, American Sihwan Kim and Scotland's Connor Syme.
Entering the tournament on the back of a third-place finish at the Kensville Open last week, Chadha made six birdies, two more than the opening day, and had it not been for a double bogey on the first hole, he may been in the top-10.
I will definitely finish taller than this, said a confident Chadha after finishing his round.
Randhawa had an eagle on the second hole besides three birdies and two bogeys. The eight-time winner on the Asian Tour felt good with the way he went about his job on Friday expect for putting.
"Really hit the ball well today. If there is anything to be critical I didn't putt as well as yesterday. Other than that it was good and I was more confident today. All in all, I think it was a good, solid round," Randhawa said.
He acknowledged that the wind did not rise as he did on opening day, but he felt that this course is better when it is windy.
I'm happy with where I am now, something I expected to be here. Let's see if I can light the field. And in golf, seven shots (out of the leaders) in two days are nothing, but there are good players around, he added.
Chadha was also at ease with the way things developed in the second round.
The course is actually playing easier as you can see in the scores. The wind was not a very important factor today, said Chadha.
Asked about the double bogey on the first hole, he said, "That was the only bad drive I have hit in two days. My foot slipped … I was really happy with the way I was playing, I knew the birdies would come and I didn't have to do anything special because I was putting myself consistently 10-15 feet from birdie. Whatever I made I made, whatever I missed I missed.
"But even after that, after dropping three shots, I made three more birdies and I made some good birdies and the back nine wasn't playing easy, the greens had become hard."