Bengaluru: Close friends S Chikkarangappa and SSP Chawrasia, who have been teammates at the World Cup will try and chase down Thailand’s Danthai Boonma, who went on a birdie spree with birdies in each of his first seven holes to blaze through the second round in 10-under 61 at the TAKE Solutions Masters.
At 15-under, the 22-year-old Danthai is five shots ahead of second placed Argentine Miguel Carballo (66-66) and Maverick Antcliff (67-65) who are at 10-under.
They are being chased by India’s S Chikkarangappa (69-64, 9-under) in fourth place and SSP Chawrasia (69-65, 8-under) in fifth place at the KGA Course on Friday.
Danthai added, “I’ve been singing this Thai song in my head and I want to continue that tomorrow. It helps calm me down.”
There were five Indians in the Top-10 with Chikka (4th) and Chawrasia (5th) being the leading ones. The 20-year-old Viraj Madappa is T-6th sixth while Khalin Joshi and Honey Baisoya are Tied-9th.
Danthai’s sensational 10-under 61 equalled the lowest score in relation to par, but with preferred lies. Khalin Joshi, as an amateur shot 10-under with par for the course being 72 in 2012.
Five shots behind the 22-year-old leader is 39-year-old Carballo, who after playing on European, Web and PGA Tours has now come to experience Asia, while playing in the region. Carballo was also bogey-free for the day with a second successive 5-under 66 to get to 10-under 132. Australian Maverick Antcliff (65) birdied the last hole and joined Carballo at 10-under in Tied-second place.
Chikka and Chawrasia are in second group and will play together.
Chikka was excited as he said, “I am so glad and happy to be playing along with SSP tomorrow. Coming into the range I saw SSP up there and I was so happy because I know how he is struggling on the European Tour.
“But I was so happy to see him shooting those numbers today and that probably also boosted me up going into my second round. We come from similar backgrounds and I really look up to him.”
Chikka turned on the magic once again at KGA to card 7-under 64 to rise closer to the top at T-3rd on the leaderboard. Chikka, who had a touch of cold on the first day, had eight birdies against one bogey to get to 9-under 133 but six shots behind the leader, Danthai.
While Chikka gave locals a lot to cheer in the afternoon, the morning belonged to one India’s most popular stars, SSP Chawrasia (65) who shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 in perfect conditions to get to 8-under 134 and fifth.
Friday saw a barrage of birdies but none had more than Danthai, the bronze medallist at Youth Olympics in 2014.