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Harpal Singh Bedi / Noida

Delhi’s Wasim Khan and local favourite Gaurav Pratap Singh carded identical six-under-61 to emerge the joint second round leader of the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour at Jaypee Greens Wish Town in Noida on Wednesday..

Wasim (62-61), a former PGTI Qualifying School champion, and Gaurav (62-61), a former winner on the PGTI and two-time winner on the Feeder Tour, posted flawless rounds to move up from their overnight tied fourth position and gain the upper hand on day two with identical totals of 11-under-123.

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Delhi’s Manav Jaini shot the best round of the tournament so far, a flawless seven-under-60, to move into tied third at 10-under-124 along with Gurugram’s Abhishek Kuhar who fired a four-under-63 ..

The cut was applied at one-under-133. Forty professionals made the cut at the par-67 course.

Wasim Khan capitalized on a hot putter as he sank all putts within a range of 10 feet. Wasim also played some outstanding wedge shots and ended up making three birdies each on the front-nine and back-nine. He closed the day on a high with birdies on the last two holes.

“It’s been a great week for me so far as I’ve dropped just one bogey in two rounds. Today my chipping and putting did the job for me. My good friend Rashid Khan often gives me valuable advice and tips. Even last week he told me a few things about my game. His advice has been working well for me.” he said.

Gaurav Pratap Singh, who was striking it well, picked up four birdies on the front-nine and then added two more on the two par-5 holes, the 11th and 17th. Gaurav recovered well from the bunker on the 17th and then made a good par save on the 18th to end the day high on confidence.

“I’ve played well over the first two days as I’ve had just one bad hole so far where I dropped a couple of strokes. Hitting the wedges close and converting my chances on the greens will be the key on the final day.” Gaurav said,

Manav Jaini climbed seven positions from overnight tied 10th to tied third as a result of his sizzling 60. Jaini, a two-time winner on the PGTI, landed it within six feet on six occasions to set up birdies. He almost holed out from 45 yards on the sixth where it stopped a couple of inches from the flag.

Abhishek Kuhar’s round featured six birdies and two bogeys. He had a chip-in on the 11th. Abhishek, the overnight joint leader, dropped two places on day two. Feeder Tour Order of Merit leader Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (63) of Chandigarh was in fifth place at nine-under-125.

Jalandhar’s Victor Hans (66) and Lucknow’s Rajesh Kumar Rawat (66), the other two joint leaders from round one, slipped to tied seventh at seven-under-127.