Rayong, Thailand, 11 Jan 2018

Five out of 14 Indians complete second round on Day 2 of Asian Tour Q School Final Stage

Himmat Rai’s second straight 71 places him tied 69th

The opening round of the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School Final Stage in Thailand was disrupted by a lengthy rain suspension on Wednesday which resulted in a total of 123 players returning to complete their rounds on Thursday morning.
With close to five hours of play lost and the day being called off at 6.00 pm local time due to fading light, a total of 118 players will return at 7.00 am on Friday to complete their second rounds with the third round slated to start not earlier than 10.00 am.

Korean Minkyu Kim’s second round of five-under-66 helped him grab the clubhouse lead at six-under-136.

Rahul Bajaj of India, who came up with a sizzling six-under-65 at the St. Andrews 2000 course to take the clubhouse lead on the opening day, could not complete his second round on Thursday.

In fact, out of the total 14 Indians in the fray, only five could complete their second rounds on Thursday.

Himmat Rai (71-71) lying tied 69th at even-par-142 was the best-placed among the five Indians who completed round two.

M Dharma and Divyanshu Bajaj were in tied 85th at one-over-143.

Karandeep Kochhar was tied 135th at three-over-145 while Udayan Mane was tied 201st at six-over-148.

The Final Stage of the Qualifying School, which features 243 players from over 30 different countries, will be played over five rounds (90 holes) across two courses. The leading 140 players and ties after 36 holes will make it into the next two rounds. At the moment the cut is projected to be at three-over-145.
After 72 holes, the field will be cut to the leading 70 players and ties who will then proceed to the fifth and final round held only at the Rayong Green Valley Country Club. At the conclusion of 90 holes, the top 35 players and ties will be ranked accordingly for the 2018 season.

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