Arjun Atwal posts second straight 69, Anirban Lahiri shoots 73

Arjun Atwal is at 4-under after 36 holes, with Anirban Lahiri a further stroke back from his compatriot. Brendon Todd (63) and Harry Higgs (65) held sway at the halfway stage

Arjun Atwal - File Photo

01 November 2019: An eventful second round at the Port Royal Golf Course in Bermuda saw Arjun Atwal hold steady with another 69, but Anirban Lahiri conceded ground after posting a 73. A triple bogey at the 11th hole and three more on the second nine cost him dear.

Harry Higgs produced a 65 to take the clubhouse lead at 11-under 131. A little later Brendon Todd (63) set the table for a beach party with six birdies in his last eight holes to join Higgs at the top. There was plenty of jostling too at the top – Aaron Wise and Boo Weekly climbed into T3 with scores of 65 and 66 respectively. Scottie Scheffler and Wes Roach were also in the neighbourhood.

Atwal played a steady hand – starting on the 10th hole, he went under-par with a birdie at the 12th, but conceded the stroke back to the course at the next hole. That was to be his only blemish on another solid day around the course. Birdies at the 17th and 7th helped him secure a 69 to his name. Atwal made five birdies on Thursday, during a two-under 69.

After a birdie to open his day, Lahiri was errant off the tee, needing a third shot to get off the box. Eventually, he would take a seven at the par-4 hole, causing him much frustration. He played with serene calm from there, notching birdies at the 15th and 17th to ensure that he turned in an even 35 strokes.

He conceded a bogey at the par-4 fourth hole, before making amends at the par-5 7th hole. But a pair of bogeys to finish the day meant that he endured a painstaking 42 spot fall on the leaderboard. He is lying in T49 (at the time of this report) while Atwal is in T37.

A bogey free 65, with three bogeys on either side helped Higgs take the clubhouse lead. Among the early starters, Higgs sat pretty inside the house even as Sheffler worked himself a nice sweat trying to retain his advantage. The overnight leader had a slender edge at the bend, but a bogey at the 11th drew him level with Higgs.