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Chowrasia makes cut, Jeev slips in Dubai

February 05, 2010 21:32 IST

Jeev Milkha Singh slid off the lead to the 10th place after a modest level-par 72 while Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia squeezed themselves inside the cut line after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai on Friday.

Meanwhile, it was end of all roads for former Asia number one Jyoti Randhawa (148), Anirban Lahiri (152) and Arjun Atwal (154) who finished outside the cut line set at 146.

Overnight joint leader Jeev's three birdies got wiped off by an equal number of bogeys as the Indian aggregated four-under 140 to lie four-strokes behind leader Thongchai Jaidee (66) of Thailand.

A 10th tee starter, Jeev birdied the 12th hole but a bogey at the 17th meant he took the turn at level-par.

His front nine also didn't make things any better as he hit a birdie-bogey-birdie patch from third to fifth hole before losing another stroke at the ninth.

Shiv, on the other hand, was one-over at the turn but a couple of birdies at the 10th and 13th hole ensured him a below-par finish at tied 47th. Playing his back nine first, Chowrasia dropped birdies at the 10th and 13th hole, which were negated by bogeys at the 15th and 16th hole.

However, the Kolkata-pro didn't lose heart and picked up a birdie hat-trick in the second, third and fourth hole and although he lost a stroke on the eighth, he picked another birdie at the ninth to sneak inside the cut line at tied 53.

At the top, there is a three-way tie for the second place among Miquel Angel Jimenez (67), Stephen Dodd (69) and Lee Westwood (65) with a two-day total of seven-under 137.

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