Chiangmai, Thailand, 14 Nov 2014

Jyoti Randhawa charges into contention at Chiangmai Golf Classic, leads by one

Rashid Khan placed tied third

Jyoti Randhawa of India charged into contention with a flawless seven-under-par 65 to seize a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the US$750,000 Chiangmai Golf Classic presented by PTT on Friday.
The 2002 Asian Tour number one birdied the last two holes from close range for an 11-under-par 133 total, which was one shot ahead of local talent Thanyakon Khrongpha, who matched Randhawa’s 65 after rolling in a 15-foot eagle on the last hole.
Scott Barr of Australia and Rashid Khan of India signed for matching 69s to share third place on 137 at the picturesque Alpine Golf Resort Chiangmai.
“I played too good. This is the best I’ve played in a long, long time. I fired on all cylinders today. My driving, second shots and putting were good. I only had one missed putt and the rest were a great round of golf,” said the 42-year-old Randhawa.
A well-rested Randhawa, an eight-time Asian Tour winner but not since winning the 2009 Thailand Open, was excited to be in contention after taking a two-week break to recover from a ‘tennis elbow’.
“I’m more focused now and what I’ve been training in the year and a half is now falling into place. I got a tennis elbow and I rested it for two weeks. The rest has helped. Golf is a funny game and anything can happen. I’m just happy that I’m there for the fight,” said Randhawa.

Shubhankar Sharma and Chikkarangappa did well to be placed tied 21st at three-under-141.

Chiragh Kumar and M Dharma were joint 48th at even-par-144. Abhijit Chadha was the seventh Indian to make the cut at one-over-145. He was tied 63rd.

The Indians who missed the cut were Jeev Milkha Singh (two-over-146), Rahil Gangjee (four-over-148), Himmat Rai (four-over-148).

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