Chawrasia makes cut, as Gallacher and Hojgaard lead in Oman

Muscat, Oman, Feb 28: SSP Chawrasia suffered a mid-round lapse with two bogeys and a double bogey between sixth and ninth, and scored three-over 75 in the second round of the Oman Open. He is now one-under 143 and was the only Indian to make the cut at the event. He was Tied-41st.

Shubhankar Sharma (74-74) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-76) missed the cut, which fell at even par.

Stephen Gallacher (68-67), the 45-year-old, who ended a five-year-long drought by winning the Hero Indian Open, and 18-year-old Rasmus Højgaard  (67-68) shared the lead at nine-under at the end of the second day two of the 2020 Oman Open.

Finn  Kalle Samooja (71-65) fired an eventful 65 to sit at eight under with Nicolas Colsaerts (69-67), two shots clear of English pair Richard McEvoy (70-68), Robert Rock (73-65), Joost Luiten (69-69) and Brandon Stone (67-71) and Guido Migliozzi were tied fifth at six-under.

Danish Højgaard became the third youngest winner in European Tour history when he won the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open earlier this season.

Scot Gallacher – whose son and caddie Jack was born nine days before Højgaard – has four European Tour wins and he went one better with a 67 to share the summit at Al Mouj Golf.

Højgaard made a flying start from the tenth, eagling the par five 12th to leapfrog overnight leader Guido Migliozzi before making birdies on the 14th and 15th to get to nine under.

Bogeys on the 17th and 18th stalled his progress and he was in a share of the lead with Gallacher, who birdied the fifth seventh and eighth to turn in 33.

Gallacher’s playing partner Samooja also turned in 33 as he recovered from an opening bogey with gains on the second, third, sixth and eighth.

Højgaard holed a 20 footer on the first to get to eight under but he soon had company as Sammoja birdied the tenth and 11th and then holed a 15 foot putt for eagle on the next.

Gallacher got up and down from the sand on the 12th to make it a three way tie and a long putt on the next put him ahead alone before Samooja followed him in.

Højgaard three putted the third but picked the shot back up from 18 feet on the fifth, before a two putt birdie on the par five seventh had him back in a share.

Samooja found water on the 15th to surrender a triple bogey but got a shot back on the par five next and holed a long double breaker on the last to get back within one.

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