Shubhankar Sharma bounced back from a first round disappointment to make the cut at the HNA Open de France, carding a 2-under 69 in the second round.
The 21-year-old, who has won twice in the ongoing European Tour season, totalled 3-over 145 to make the cut which fell at 4-over.
Earlier SSP Chawrasia (75-74) missed the cut.
In the third round, Sharma again overcame the disaster of being 3-over after 10 to get three birdies, including two on last two holes to finish at even par 71 for the day.
At 3-over 216 for 54 holes he was T-46 as many other players were still on the course.
Marcus Kinhult tamed Le Golf National with a stunning round of 65 that handed him a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. The Swede’s 65 was the lowest round of the week and he was 6-under after 36 holes and had just begun his third round. The field includes World Number 2 Justin Thomas (70-70), who was T-5 and World Number Five Jon Rahm (70-69) was third behind Chris Wood (70-68).
Aditi eyes best finish at Major, lies T21 in Women’s PGA
Aditi Ashok put herself in position for her best Major finish despite a bogey-bogey finish in the second round of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in Kildeer (USA).
Aditi, who was T-31st at the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship, which is also her best Major finish, shot one-over 73 and is now lying T-21st with a 36-hole aggregate of 1-under 143.
Aditi was well on way to positioning herself in the Top-10 at the halfway stage as she parred the first 15 holes and found her first birdie of the second round on the Par-4 16th hole. She finished a disappointing bogey-bogey for last two holes and dropped to 73.
Meanwhile, scoring became more challenging as wind picked up.
However, the birthday girl, So Yeon Ryu, who turned 28, finished strong with birdies on 14, 15 and 17 to move into a share of the lead at 6-under par, along with first round leader Sung Hyun Park and 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Champion Brooke Henderson. Ryu carded a 3-under, 69 as the crowd gifted a birthday dessert at the 18th.
Ryu won two weeks ago at the Meijer LPGA Classic and wants to add another Major to the U.S. Women’s Open in 2011 and the ANA Inspiration in 2017. Lydia Ko had the round of the morning wave with a 6-under, 66 to move from T86 into the top 10. Moriya Jutanugarn stayed in the mix with a even-par, 72 and remains at 4-under.
Bhullar takes pole position, in sight of 9th Asian Tour title
Gaganjeet Bhullar put himself in prime position for his ninth Asian tour title as he carded a second successive six-under 65 to share the pole position with Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond after the third round of Queen’s Cup in Pattaya on Saturday.
Bhullar moved from Tied-3rd to share the first position with a total of 15-under 198.
Janewattananond (68), who has just one Asian Tour win, had a share of the lead with Bhullar.
Bhullar, who had blazed through the back nine of the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club yesterday with a six-under 29, shot four-under 31 on the same stretch.
He was seven-under through 16 holes, before he bogeyed the 17th. He narrowly missed a birdie on Par-5 18th and was joint first. Bhullar has had one bogey each day.
Bhullar said, “I kept the ball in play today. I hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I just kept on giving myself a lot of birdie opportunities. I got my first birdie on the fourth and made a good par save on the sixth. I drove into the water hazard and had to take a drop there. Hit my second shot onto the green and two-putted for par.”
“I made a really good birdie on the ninth. I hit my driver off the tee and had about 142 yards to the stick and I hit it to about six inches for birdie there. I made three straight birdies after the turn which was great. The only bogey I had was on the 17th hole and that was a total misread off my club.
“I will just continue to do my own thing and try and repeat what I did in the last 54 holes. The game’s feeling good and hopefully hole some putts,” he added.
Rashid Khan (68) moved to T-11, while Khalin Joshi (67) also had a nice upward move to T-23 and S Chikkarangappa (70) was T-38th. Honey Baisoya (73) and Viraj Madappa (71) were both T-55th and Himmat Rai (74) was T-66.
The 22-year-old Jazz, had one birdie on second in his first 14 holes and then had three birdies and one bogey in his last four holes. Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand trails the leading duo by one in third place on his own following a 65.
Lahiri struggles but makes the cut
It was not the kind of a birthday that Anirban Lahiri was looking for as he suffered two double bogeys and three other bogeys on way to a four-over 74 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National in Bethesda (USA).
Lahiri, who had a fine three-under 67 on first day, needed pars on his last three holes to survive and make the cut. Lahiri did manage to make the cut on the line at one-over 141 in Tied-66th and will now be looking at strong final two rounds to make it a meaningful week.
Beau Hossler, who was runner up last week at the Travelers Championship, fired a four-under 66 to get into a share of the lead with Ryan Armour (65) and Brian Gay (64) at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.
Starting the day at three-under, Lahiri celebrated his 31st birthday with a birdie on 10th, his first hole of the day.
A birdie on 14th augured well, before he bogeyed 15th and 16th. He made amends on Par-3 17th with another birdie and turned in 1-under. But on the second nine, he messed up a bunker shot and then missed a three-footer as he ended with a double on par-3 third.
On the next, the fourth, he missed a 10-footer for par and on sixth, he put his second shot into water. By the time he holed out he had a second double in a matter of four holes.
Despite the catastrophic run, he did well to ensure pars on last three and make the cut.
The man, who caught the eye on the second day was none other than Tiger Woods, who putted just 26 times to get around in a classy five-under 65 that brought him into contention at five-under for 36 holes. Woods had scored 70 in the first round.
After using a blade style putter for years, Woods has shifted to a mallet style this week and it seemed to work in the second round. Yet it was a chip-in on 18th that kick-started his challenge. On 17th he had a 3-putt bogey. He turned in 2-under and then three more birdies on his second nine, the front side of the course, meant he had a chance to make a run for the top honours.
Hossler was also the runner-up at the Houston Open, where he lost a play-off to Ian Poulter.
With the top four players not otherwise exempt and finishing in top 12 this week earning spots for the Open, the three co-leaders Hossler, Armour and Gay are all in contention for those berths.