Danny stays in the hunt in In­dia

New Straits Times - - Sport -

NEW DELHI: Malaysia’s Danny Chia and Ed­die Pep­perell of Eng­land joined ti­tle holder S.S.P. Chawra­sia at the top of the half­way leader­board when round two of the Hero In­dian Open con­cluded yesterday.

Danny, a two-time Asian Tour win­ner, birdied his last hole at DLF Golf and Coun­try Club’s Gary Player course for a three­un­der-69 while Pep­perell shot a 70 as the duo matched Chawra­sia’s five-un­der 139 to­tal which the lo­cal hero set on Fri­day af­ter­noon.

Two weather dis­rup­tions on Thurs­day and Fri­day meant that round two was com­pleted only yesterday, with 69 play­ers pro­gress­ing into the fi­nal two rounds with a cut of 150 at the US$1.75 mil­lion (RM7.8 mil­lion) tour­na­ment tri-sanc­tioned by the Asian Tour, Euro­pean Tour and In­dian Golf Union.

Danny was de­lighted to be in the hunt for a third Asian Tour vic­tory, cred­it­ing his solid wedge play and driv­ing for his good run of form at the chal­leng­ing DLF course which only 11 play­ers are un­der par through 36 holes of gru­elling golf.

“I feel very tired. There’s a lot of wait­ing on the golf course. Men­tally and phys­i­cally, it’s a bit ex­haust­ing,” said Danny.

“My wedge play has been good this week. A lot of times, the par fives, I didn’t go for the greens. I just lay up and play my wedge shot which paid off to­day.

“On 18 I hit a good drive and had 200m to the green.

“Nor­mally it’s a no brainer and I’ll just go for the green. But I laid up with an eight iron and then hit a wedge close to make birdie.

“You have to be so pa­tient here. It’s the kind of course where you walk away with a par, I’m okay.”

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