Akshay Sharma of Chandigarh recorded a four-under 68 in windy conditions in the second round of the Vizag Open golf championship to take a three-shot lead at nine-under 135 at the East Point Golf Club here on Thursday.
Gurugram-based players Sunhit Bishnoi and Shivendra Singh Sisodia as well as Bengaluru’s Trishul Chinnappa, carded scores of 69 to occupy tied second place at six-under 138.
The cut was applied at two-over 146 and 53 made the cut.
Akshay Sharma (67, 68), who was tied second and one shot off the lead after round two, had a flying start to the day as he chipped-in from the bunker for birdie on the 10th. His good chipping earned him another birdie on the 12th where he made a quality chip-putt. A long conversion from 20 feet on the 13th saw him pick up his third birdie of the day.
Akshay, a two-time winner on the PGTI, picked up two more strokes by firing it within five feet on the second and fifth holes. The 33-year-old’s lone bogey came on the sixth.
“The conditions were exactly the opposite today as compared to round one as it was quite windy and there was no rain. My striking has been good so far and I hit 13 greens on both days which has served me well,” he said.