Pre-tournament favourite Shubhankar Sharma of India delivered a course-record score of eight-under 64 while Emiliano Grillo of Argentina carded a 68 to take the lead in round two of the Hero Indian Open here on Friday. He however managed to end the round at par with two birdies and two bogeys to finish tied 38.
The Argentinian is playing on an invite this week and his card showed five birdies and just a solitary bogey.
Sharma was 5 over after his first nine holes on Thursday.
"Today's round will definitely rank up there as one of my most significant achievements, especially when it is played at this course", Sharma said. One could not blame the players because they needed to be careful and I believe a lot of them needed referees to come in to be sure.
Howell, who finished just outside the top 20 at last week's Tshwane Open in South Africa, having also reached the weekend in the preceding Qatar Masters, had two holes of his opening round still to play heading into tomorrow's second day, having suffered a nightmare three-hole stretch before a halt was called.
"I feel great. I fought back yesterday I knew I am playing well so I didn't go for anything different".
"I knew the course record was seven under par". I did my best, but it was still two-under-par. I hit all fairways and made regulation on 17 out of 18 greens. I just need to foot on the pedal and keep on going.
"I don't think there are many changes, just a couple of holes have been made longer and the rough is a bit thicker compared to a year ago", Chawrasia said.
Pablo Larrazabal, who nearly missed his tee time on Thursday due to alarm clock woe, is a shot behind Sharma, alongside Andrew Johnston, whose six-under 66 saw him surge up the leaderboard. "We were a little lucky that the wind wasn't up today otherwise this course can pose many more challenges", said Sandhu after his round.
Among others, veteran Jeev Milkha Singh (80, 84), Gaganjeet Bhullar (76, 77) and Feroz Ali (74, 88) missed the cut as the likely projected cut is three-over and they have gone way over the line.