PGTI Players Championship 2023: Sachin Baisoya continues on top

Harsh Gangwar joins Baisoya in the lead after the round two of PGTI season opener

| Updated: 09 February, 2023 2:12 am IST
Sachin Baisoya thrived with his pin-point chipping and putting

Delhi’s Sachin Baisoya followed up his excellent six-under 64 in round one with a solid four-under 66 in round two to continue on top of the leaderboard in the PGTI Players Championship 2023.

Baisoya, however, is not the only one at the top, as fellow Delhi’ite Harsh Gangwar joined him with a 64 on the second day of the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) season opener at Tollygunge Club.

Baisoya (64-66) and Gangwar (66-64) were tied at the top with totals of 10-under 130.

Patna’s Aman Raj (66) and Noida’s Gaurav Pratap Singh (65) were tied third with a total of nine-under 131.

Fifty-two professionals and one amateur made the cut, which was declared at one-under 139.

Baisoya, the overnight leader by one shot, continued his good form on day two with five birdies and a bogey. The 27-year-old, a bronze medallist in the team event at last year’s National Games, maintained his place at the top of the pack thanks to his pin-point chipping and putting.

Baisoya chipped in for a birdie from the bunker on the 17th and sank two long birdie conversions from a range of 20 to 35 feet on the 11th and first.

“I had a good ball-striking day in round one, but today was more about my short game, as I chipped and putted really well,” Baisoya said.

“A good round at the start of the season always helps the confidence and that’s what lifted my spirits going into round two today. I’ll be focusing on maintaining the consistency in the last two rounds,” he added.

Harsh Gangwar was tied for eighth and two off the lead before the start of round 2

Gangwar, who was overnight tied for eighth and two off the lead, was even-par for the day till the sixth before he began turning it around with a birdie on the par-5 seventh.

The 25-year-old picked up birdies on the following two par-5s, thanks to his accurate hitting. He also drained two 15 to 20 feet birdie putts.

“My ball-striking on the back nine brought me into contention. I also made greens in regulation on all 18 holes today. I couldn’t have asked for a better day on the course,” Gangwar said.

Udayan Mane (68) was tied 19th at four-under 136, while defending champion Yuvraj Singh Sandhu (68) was tied 42nd at one-under 139.

Kolkata’s Sandeep Yadav (70) was the lone amateur to make the cut. Yadav was placed tied 42nd along with Raju Ali Mollah (68), the only Kolkata professional to make the cut.

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