Randhawa lone Indian to make cut; McIlroy, Harrington exit
Hong Kong, Nov 16 (PTI) Jyoti Randhawa was the lone Indian to make the cut even as World No 1 Rory McIlroy and three-time Major champion Padraig Harrington fell by the wayside in the USD two million Hong Kong Open, here today.
Randhawa, who had shot 68 in the first round, followed it up with a second round 70 and his total of two-under 138 at the par-70 Hong Kong Golf Club saw him placed tied 20th.
Himmat Rai (68-75), Shiv Kapur (69-75), Gaganjeet Bhullar (71-76) and SSP Chowrasia (76-72) missed the cut, while Digvijay Singh and Chiragh Kumar withdrew after first round cards of 80 each.
Except for Randhawa, it was disaster out there for the Indian golfers, but none will rue it more than Shiv Kapur, who was on the cut line needing to make par to make the weekend rounds.
Had he made the cut, he would have earned the 2013 European Tour card for himself as he is placed 129th and the top-119 expected to get the rights. But he double bogeyed the 18th and crashed out at four-over and the cut fell at two-over 142.
Randhawa, who has been trying to make a comeback of sorts, had four birdies and four bogeys. After starting with a bogey, his round included a mid-round blip with bogeys on seventh and ninth and another at 18th. His birdies came third, sixth, 13th and 14th.
McIlroy of Northern Ireland will not be defending his title as he made early exit after rounds of 73 and 72.
"Hong Kong is a great place and this is such a great tournament. I always enjoy coming back here. Just a pity that this year it had to end like that," said McIlroy.
Also crashing out was Harrington with rounds of 71-75.
The cut was set at two-over with a total of 73 players making the cut. (More) PTI Corr SHN