Chiragh, Gangjee, Rai make cut; Jeev, Chowrasia miss out

Chiragh, Gangjee, Rai make cut; Jeev, Chowrasia miss out

But hardly had the second round ended and the organisers got the third started to make up for the lost time, the heavens opened up again accompanied by the threat of lightning, that forced a further stoppage in play.

Earlier, when the second round finally ended just three of the 16 Indians who had started ensured a tee off for the final two rounds.

On the rain-hit Friday when darkness stopped play, only Chiragh Kumar (70-68) in tied 31st and Rahil Gangjee (66-74) in tied 51st had been sure of playing the last two rounds.

Himmat Rai, a borderline case overnight at two-under, sank a clutch birdie on the 18th to squeeze inside at tied 51st at three-under. His rounds were (70-69).

The two big blows for the Indians was Jeev Milkha Singh (66-75) and SSP Chowrasia (70-73) missing the cut with a bunch of bogeys on Saturday morning.

Other Indians missing the cut and having an early weekend were Shiv Kapur (72-69), Digvijay Singh (73-68), Gaganjeet Bhullar (73-69), Anirban Lahiri (69-73), Mukesh Kumar (73-73), Rashid Khan (73-73), Sujjan Singh (78-71), Gaurav Ghei (78-73), Ashok Kumar (74-78) and Manav Jaini (80-74) and Jyoti Randhawa, who was two-over for the tournament with two more holes to play.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano lit up the Tanjong course with a 10-under 61 to open up a three-shot lead upon the completion of the second round.

Fernandez-Castano, a four-time winner on the European Tour, played his remaining nine holes on the easier of the two courses at Sentosa Golf Club in 30 to lead on 15-under 127

Italian Ryder Cup star Edoardo Molinari signed off with a 68 at the tougher Serapong course in the co-sanctioned Asian and European Tour event to join James Morrison of England on 130.

Even as Chiragh made a good move up, the other Indians fell down fast on the leaderboard. Rahil Gangjee, fifth after the first round, struggled through five bogeys and two birdies in his 74 and dropped to three-under at tied 44th.

Things were worse for the other Indians, as even Jeev was three-over through 12 holes and at a total of two-over at this stage, he was flirting with danger of a missed cut, which could come at either two or three-under.

Jeev had a roller-coaster of a morning. Coming back to finish his remaining seven holes, he had three birdies and four bogeys and no pars.

"I just could not get anything right today," said a disappointed Jeev, who travels to Johor next week.

Chowrasia who was two-under when play was stopped on Friday, needed one birdie to come inside the cut line. He failed to get any till he reached the 18th, where he had to be aggressive. His second shot landed on the edge and rolled into water and he ended with a double bogey seven and exited.