3/29/2019 7:20:44 PM

Suri surges into sole lead at Indian Open

Suri surges into sole lead at Indian Open

Gurgaon, India: American Julian Suri fired a second consecutive five-under 67 to surge into sole lead as home favourite Shubhankar Sharma slipped on day two of the Indian Open on Friday.

Suri, who is playing just his second event of the season after an abdomen operation last year, took a one-shot advantage over South Africa's George Coetzee and veteran Robert Karlsson of Sweden.

The 22-year-old Sharma had a bad day after missing a few chances and posting a 73. He was two-under and tied 19th at the halfway mark.

Suri, who last won on the European Tour two years ago, credited his hot putter for another strong round in the event, which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

"I hit it really well the whole day and I just tried to free it up a little bit on the second nine with my putting," said Suri, who is born in the US to an Indian father and a Mexican mother.

"I putted with more feel instead, which is how I have usually been putting, and I gave myself a lot more chances," he added.

Sharma, who won the Asian Tour in only his second year as professional, said he needs to learn from his mistakes to "gain ground" on the final two days.

Australia's Daniel Nisbet and Om Prakash Chouhan of India produced the highlights of the day with each having a hole-in-one on the third and fifth holes respectively.

The halfway cut was set at two-over-par 146 with 70 players advancing to the final two rounds.

Former champions including India's Anirban Lahiri and Jyoti Randhawa, Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh and Australia's David Gleeson missed the cut.

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