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Mukesh fires 65 to grab five shot lead at TAKE Classic golf

Ahmedabad, Aug 31 (PTI) Seasoned golfer Mukesh Kumar fired a breathtaking bogey-free seven-under 65 in a rain-hit second round to grab a five-shot clubhouse lead at the TAKE Classic here today.

The Mhow golfer completed his second round in dramatic fashion, making a 15 feet par putt in virtual darkness, on a day that witnessed two rain delays and a loss of more than two hours of play at the Kalhaar Blues & Greens in Ahmedabad.

At the halfway mark, Mukesh is now at 11-under-133.

Sri Lankan Anura Rohana and Chandigarh's Abhijit Singh Chadha fired scores of 69 and 71 respectively to be tied for second at six-under 138.

Play was suspended at 7 pm local time with 31 players out of 125 yet to complete the second round. The second round will resume on Friday at 7:30 am with the third round not likely to commence before 9:30 am.

The 52-year-old Mukesh (68-65) came out firing on all cylinders today as he sank five consecutive birdies from the 10th to the 14th converting putts from five to 10 feet with relative ease on the stretch.

Mukesh, who began the round in tied second, picked up two more strokes on the front-nine including one courtesy a brilliant up and down from the bunker on the fifth. He then made a dramatic closing par from 15 feet on the ninth in near darkness.

The winner of over 100 titles including one on the Asian Tour is now bogey-free for the first two rounds.

Anura Rohana (69-69), the winner of PGTI's last event played in Pune in April, continued his good form after a second straight 69.

Round one leader Abhijit Singh Chadha (67-71) slipped to tied second on day two.

Among the other prominent names, Delhi duo of Shamim Khan (Order of Merit leader) and Chiragh Kumar shot a second straight 72 to be tied 11th at two-under-142.

Panchkula-based Shubhankar Sharma (even-par-144) and Bengaluru's Khalin Joshi (one-over-145) were placed 19th and tied 20th respectively

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