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KARLBERG KEEPS THE PACE AT THE SAIL OPEN
Richard Karlberg of Sweden tightened his grip in the SAIL Open after emerging as the early leader of the second round on Wednesday.
The Asian Tour rookie produced an impressive back nine performance highlighted by four birdies en route to a three-under-par 69 for a two-day total of 10-under-par 134 after the completion of the morning session at the Delhi Golf Club.
Unheralded Shamim Khan of India is two strokes off the lead after posting a 69 for a 136 total at the US$300,000 full field event, which is celebrating its third edition on the Asian Tour Schedule.
The afternoon play is currently in progress.
Indian duo Shiv Kapur and S.S.P Chowrasia carded a 72 and 73 respectively to finish on 139, five strokes off the lead while Japanese Kodai Ichihara recovered from his opening 76 with a sizzling 64, sprinkled with nine birdies against one bogey to tie alongside Filipino Artemio Murakami on 140.
Starting from the back nine, Karlberg endured a slow start where he turned in 37. He bounced back brilliantly after a birdie four on the first hole where he reached the green in two.
“It was a good recovery on the back nine and my game plan is to get to 18-under, I think that would be the winning score,” said the 23-year-old, who won the Swedish domestic tour Order of Merit in 2007.
Karlberg, playing in only his second Asian Tour tournament, was delighted to remain in contention but he is not taking his lead lightly.
“There wasn’t pressure on me despite coming in as leader. I just need to keep my shots straight like how I did in these past two days and see how it goes,” added the Swede.
Leading second round scores
134 - Richard KARLBERG (SWE) 65-69
136 - Shamim KHAN (IND) 67-69
139 - S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 66-73, Shiv KAPUR (IND) 67-72
140 - Artemio MURAKAMI (PHI) 69-71, Kodai ICHIHARA (JAP) 76-64
141 - Baaz MANN (IND) 69-72, S.Siva CHANDHRAN (MAS) 71-70
142 - Peter COOKE (AUS) 69-73, Vijay KUMAR (IND) 72-70, R. SRINIVAS (IND) 70-72, Sanjay KUMAR (IND) 72-70, HSU Chia-Jen (TPE) 70-72