Shiv shines; Chowrasia out

India’s Shiv Kapur birdied his final two holes to keep himself afloat for weekend action but his compartiot SSP Chowrasia missed the cut at The Johnnie Walker Championship here.

Kapur had two successive rounds of 72 each to be tied at even par for 36 holes on Friday evening. He was tied 50th.  

SSP Chowrasia missed the cut by one stroke after rounds of 74 and 71.

Kapur, playing only his second event in six weeks, is currently 140th on the Money List and needs to get into top 115 to get his card back for 2013. Kapur’s best cheque this season has been from his tied 23rd at the Alstom Open de France at Euros 32,760.

English duo Mark Foster and Richard Finch were on top heading into the weekend. They were eight under par after a rainy day at The Gleneagles hotel. There were no less than 17 players within four shots with two more rounds to go.

A year ago, Foster led this event by one with one hole to play last year. But he shot a bogey six and then lost out in a five-man play-off as Thomas Björn emerged winner. On Friday Foster shot 68, while Finch had a 67.

Gangjee misses cut

Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee blew his chances with three bogeys in last four holes and missed the cut at the News Sentinel Open on Web com Tour, formerly called Nationwide in Farragut, US.

Gangjee, who was well on his way to making the cut at one-under for the tournament with four holes to go, collapsed at the end.

Gangjee shot two-under 69 with three birdies and one bogey in the first round. He was one-over after 14 holes, but bogeys on 15th, 17th and 18th ended his chances as he fell short of the cut by three.

Erik Flores shot six-under 66 at Fox Den Country Club and went into lead at 11-under par 131.

Jeev to miss Euro masters

India’s Jeev Milkha Singh has pulled out of the Omega European Masters and the KLM Open, the following week, on account of a bruise on the trigger finger of his right hand.

The finger, which is currently taped now, was hurt while playing the second round of the Scottish Open. Jeev, however, continued that week, and went on to win the event for his first victory since 2008. That was made possible with the help of physio and pain-killers.

The very next week Jeev played and missed the cut at the Open in Royal Lytham. The injury was aggravated at the WGC-Bridgestone. But now Jeev, on the advise of doctors, has decided to take a break and recover.

Rashid wins Players C’ship

Rashid Khan held his nerve to edge out fellow Delhi golfer Vikrant Chopra in a playoff to win the PGTI Players Championship at the Coimbatore Golf Club.

Rashid (70-67-70-75) bagged his second professional title after victory on the third playoff hole (18th hole) against Vikrant (72-67-70-73).

The two golfers ended the regulation 72 holes with identical totals of six-under-282 and had to therefore head into a playoff to decide the winner.

Both golfers made pars on the first two playoff holes. Rashid finally clinched the title by converting a 20-feet birdie putt on the third playoff hole even as Vikrant missed his 25-feet birdie putt.

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