Rashid fires India into golf medal contention

first_imgTop amateur Rashid Khan’s brilliant four-under 68 saw India leap into medal contention in both the men’s individual and team events on Thursday.The 19-year-old Khan, a multiple Faldo Series Asia winner who delayed turning professional to play in the Asian Games, was in top form. After his first-round 71, he was five-under 139.The field was led by 16-year-old Filipino Miguel Luis Tabuena, who shot a second successive four-under to be eight-under 136 and one clear of Kim Men Whee of South Korea.The Indian team, which was way down after the first round, gained ground as Abhijit Chadha made up for his first-day blunder – he submitted a wrong card – with a 71. India moved up to third place, just one shot behind the Philippines.Korea is way ahead 14-under (418), while Phillippines is at three-over (435) and India is four-over (436). The best three scores out of four are counted each day.Abhinav Lohan shot a twounder 70 and was 12th at one-over 145, while Chadha carded a oneunder 71 which will only be counted in the team score.Rahul Bajaj continued to have a poor tournament with 81 and 79 on the two days.Khan started on the back nine and birdied the 10th, 14th and 15th holes to go three-under, before he dropped a shot on the 17th. A birdie on the 18th saw him turn at four-under. He made a bogey on the second but birdies on the fourth and fifth pulled him up again.A bogey on the eighth was quickly compensated with a birdie on nine.advertisementlast_img

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