Peterson take lead after firing 64

Peterson take lead after firing 64

Paul Peterson took second round lead with an impressive eight-under 64 at Panasonic Open at the Delhi Golf Club on Friday.

The American, making his debut in the tournament, broke through the Indian domination of day one. He had begun the second day five strokes behind the first-round leader Ajeetesh Sandhu, who slipped to tied sixth place after second round. Overall, there were eight Indians in the top 10 after 36 holes.

Shiv Kapur, with five birdies, continued to hold the second place for second day in a row. In fact, he had a taken the clubhouse lead in the morning and was four-under. But a double-bogey on the third pulled him back. A birdie on the eighth helped him recover somewhat.

Shamim Khan scored 69 to take third place while SSP Chawrasia moved up a place with a 69 to share fourth place with compatriot Divyanshu Bajaj at the US$400,000 event.

The day's play was suspended due to darkness with two players - Aman Raj and Feroz Singh Garewal set to resume their play on Saturday morning.

Peterson was quick to get off the blocks this day. He had a flawless round, where he carded four birdies for an outward 32 before sinking another four in his inward-nine to compile a total of 11-under 133.

"Getting those birdies on three of the four Par-5s was the key. Yesterday I was just one-under for the Par-5s. It feels good to see my putts rolling in and being able to hit some good shots especially the par-fives," said Peterson.

Kapur was satisfied with the day's outcome. "All things considered, I did well today. I played my opening nine holes (10-18) pretty solid and I didn't miss a shot. Although, I made one bad swing at the third as I was trying to do too much with the shot."

Sandhu struggled on the back-nine where he dropped four shots for his score of 73. With seven-under-137 in two rounds, he shares the sixth spot with fellow Indian Honey Baisoya (68).

At Tied-8th there were two more Indians. Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh who is tied alongside 18-time Asian Tour winner, Thaworn Wiratchant and Aman.

Leading scores after 36 holes (Indians unless specified): 133: Paul Peterson (Usa, 69, 64); 134:Shiv Kapur (65, 69), 135:(Shamim Khan 66, 69); 136: Divyanshu   Bajaj(68, 68), SSP Chawrasia(67, 69); 137: (Honey Baisoya 69, 68), Ajeetesh Sandhu (64, 73).

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