POST TIME: 8 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 7 March, 2019 08:58:47 PM
Rashid claims solo lead in Chittagong Open Golf
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Rashid claims solo lead in Chittagong Open Golf

India’s Rashid Khan, who consolidates his lead, in action in second round of the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open Golf at Bhatiary Golf & Country Club in Chattogram yesterday. Courtesy photo

India’s Rashid Khan powered ahead by two shots after firing a second round of six-under-66 at the City Bank American Express Chittagong Open 2019.  Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid, the overnight joint leader, took the solo lead at the Bhatiary Golf & Country Club yesterday as his total moved to 13-under-131 at the BDT 47.40 lakh event.  Indian teenager Kshitij Naveed Kaul too carded a 66 and as a result moved into second place at 11-under-133.

 Md Sajib Ali continued to be the highest-placed Bangladeshi golfer for the second day in succession. Sajib gained one spot courtesy a 69 to be tied fourth at eight-under-136 at the halfway stage.  Rashid Khan (65-66), who began the day one shot in front along with co-leader Yashas Chandra, didn’t have the best of starts as he stumbled with a bogey on the 13th after an early birdie on the 11th. However, he drained a 25-footer for birdie on the 14th to make amends.

Rashid said, “It was an up and down day for me. I’m glad that I finished well with those birdies at the end. I was not feeling very comfortable at the start of the round as the wind kept switching. I was missing fairways by just a little bit at the start and as a result had to then focus on placing it well.

 “I’ve never really had a good result in Bangladesh so far. So I’m eager to set the record straight this time around.”

India’s Honey Baisoya produced a second straight 67 to be placed third at 10-under-134.

Bangladesh’s Md Sajib Ali (69) shared fourth place with Indians Shamim Khan (68) and Mukesh Kumar (69) at eight-under-136.

Round one joint leader Yashas Chandra of India slipped to tied seventh at seven-under-137 after a round of 72.