Pune: Delhi’s Honey Baisoya dominated second round of Pune Open Golf Championship as he fired a sensational card of 7-under-64 at the Poona Club golf Course on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Baisoya, a four-time winner on the PGTI, moved into a three-shot lead at 12-under-130 as a result of his super effort.
Allahabad’s Samarth Dwivedi (65) and Ahmedabad’s Udayan Mane (67) shared second place at nine-under-133. Baisoya (66-64), one of the seven joint overnight leaders, made a tentative start as he was one-over after five holes thanks to two early bogeys and a birdie.
He then got into his groove with three birdies between the sixth and the ninth. The highlight of his round came on the 10th hole where he made an eagle-two after driving the green and sinking a 10-footer.
After suffering a minor hiccup with a bogey on the 11th, Baisoya drained four birdies to end up with a card of 64. The pro from the Delhi Golf Club made some spectacular birdies on the back-nine. He drove the green on the 14th before making a two-putt and then almost holed it from 153 yards on the 18th.
“The conditions were tougher today as the wind was up. I did well to shoot a seven-under despite a slow start. My putter was on fire today. I made a career-best 24 putts today which included 12 to 13 single putts. However, on the other hand, I haven’t been in good driving form. I gave myself a target of five-under today and that served me well,” said Baisoya.
“After the quiet start, the birdies on the sixth, seventh and ninth really helped me settle down. I found the bunker on the ninth but recovered well to extract a birdie there. Thereafter, the eagle on the 10th was a huge confidence-booster,” he added.
“As for the plan for the next two days, I changed my swing a couple of days back so I’m working on that aspect and also looking to improve on my hitting. My goal this week will be to try and break the 20-under mark.”
Udayan Mane, the overnight joint leader, returned a bogey-free 67 to drop to tied second place. Samarth Dwivedi posted a 65 to move up eight places to joint second. Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow, another Round 1 leader, was a further shot back in fourth position.
Sri Lankan K Prabagaran produced the tournament’s best score, an eight-under-63, to end the day in tied fifth at seven-under-135. Prabagaran’s sizzling error-free round saw him follow-up his eagle-two on the fifth with birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth. The Lankan holed his approach shot from 125 yards for eagle on the fifth. Prabagaran was a picture of consistency during round two as he missed just one green in regulation.