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I felt I could make a charge today

Daniel Chopra, Nov 10, 2013, DHNS: 23:12 IST
punchy effort Siddikur reacts after sinking a birdie putt  at Delhi Golf Club course on Saturday.
When I flew down to India to compete in the Hero Indian Open 2013, the Delhi Golf Club course kept playing in my mind. I have grown up on this course but like I said on Friday, a lot has changed over the years. Not very drastically, but in terms of growth of bushes and their encroachments.

Hole after hole rolled past my mind’s eye as I devised a strategy to conquer the course. I literally learnt all my golf on this facility so the demands of the course, namely accuracy and strategic ball placement, are almost second nature to me. Considering this, and the way I have been consistent this year, I expected to shoot decent numbers in high 60s and maybe give myself a chance to make a bid in the latter rounds.
But as things happened, I just about made the cut. I have improved from 74 to 71 to 70, but I am still in the lower half.

Truth of the matter is a card of 74 o first day put me on the back-foot straightaway. I need to squeeze into the week-end rounds, which I just about managed.

Today, my round, which began on the tenth, started in awesome fashion with back-to-back birdies. I felt I could make a charge. Then I dropped a shot on the 12th but recovered to birdie the 14th and make the turn at two-under.

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