Feb 17, 2017: Home favourite Brett Rumford of Australia continued to delight the galleries by taking the second round lead with a seven-under-par 65. India’s Jeev Milkha Singh scored four-under-par 68 and lying with in top 20 bunch at T-17 at the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth on Friday.
The Perth native safely progressed into the third round with his two-day total of 13-under-par 131 and remains well poised to make it into Sunday’s round which will feature an innovative six-hole matchplay knockout at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Jeev started well with a birdie in the first hole and continued his fire by scoring another four birdies at 5th, 8th, 15th and 17th holes along with a lone bogey at the 9th to clinch into the top 20 bunch and tied at T-17 with a two day total of six-under 138.
Along with Jeev, S.S.P. Chawrasia also scored four-under-par 68 to share the tied 26th place along with 6 other players which includes Chiragh Kumar who scored three-under par 69.
While Gaganjeet Bhullar scored three-under-par 69 in the second round and placed at T-41 with his two day total of three-under-par 141.
Other Indians Shiv Kapur, Chikkarangappa, Jyoti Randhawa and Rahil Gangjee missed the cut after the second round.
Australia’s David Bransdon, who had earlier taken the morning clubhouse lead, was also well positioned to take his place among the top-24 players for Sunday’s finale after he posted the day’s lowest score of 64 to take second place.
Reigning Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit champion Johannes Veerman of the United States meanwhile continued his impressive form when he returned with a 68 to put himself into a good position for the knockout stage too.
With his father on his bag again this week, Veerman is tied for fourth after two rounds and knows it could well turn out to be another formidable partnership at the AUD$1.75 million event that is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour.
The cut was set at two-under with 67 players that included Major winner Louis Oosthuizen featuring in the third round. The field will be further reduced with a second cut made to the leading 24 players after 54 holes. The top-eight players after the third round will be rewarded with an automatic seeding into the second match play round.