Carballo leads over home talents at Louis Philippe Cup

Wed 01 Aug 2018

Carballo leads over home talents at Louis Philippe Cup

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Bengaluru, India, August 1: Miguel Carballo of Argentina posted a two-under-par 68 to hold a one-shot lead over Indians Om Prakash Chouhan and Udayan Mane at the halfway stage of the Louis Philippe Cup on Wednesday. 

Carballo, who was the joint overnight leader with Mane, mixed his card with six birdies against four bogeys to lead on nine-under-par 131 in the US$75,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.

A host of local talents are breathing down the Argentinian’s neck with Chouhan and Mane trailing closely following rounds of 67 and 69 respectively at the Prestige Golfshire Club.

Divyanshu Bajaj (68) placed fourth on 133 while Rashid Khan fired a sparkling 64 to tie in fifth place with Khalin Joshi (68), as they trail the leader by three shots.

The 39-year-old Carballo was delighted to be in position to win his first ADT title after coming close on several occasions in 2018. Ranked fourth on the Order of Merit, Carballo has five top-10 results including a runner-up finish so far this year.

“It was a tough day for me because of the windy weather along with the heavy downfall. It stopped once before resuming once again, which resulted in four bogeys for me. Although I could putt in six birdies, I would reiterate that it was a taxing day for me. The 16th hole was the toughest of the lot and I would concentrate on each hole separately in the next round, in case I end up hitting a bogey," said Carballo.

The halfway cut was set at two-over-par 142 with a total of 51 players qualifying for the final two rounds.

The Louis Philippe Cup is the 11th leg on the ADT’s 2018 schedule. The leading seven players on the ADT Order of Merit at the end of the season will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2019 season.

Leading round 2 scores:

131 - Miguel CARBALLO (ARG) 63 68

132 - Om Prakash CHOUHAN (IND) 65 67, Udayan MANE (IND) 63 69

133 - Divyanshu BAJAJ (IND) 65 68

134 - Rashid KHAN (IND) 70 64, Khalin JOSHI (IND) 66 68

135 - Harendra GUPTA (IND) 66 69, Deepinder Singh KULLAR (IND) 68 67

136 - Mukesh KUMAR (IND) 67 69

137 - Pawan KUMAR (IND) 68 69, Aadil BEDI (A) (IND) 70 67, Justin DE LOS SANTOS (USA) 70 67, Shinichi MIZUNO (JPN) 70 67

138 - Mithun PERERA (SRI) 69 69, Shivnaren SRINIVASAN (IND) 71 67, Syed Saqib AHMED (IND) 69 69, Rahil GANGJEE (IND) 69 69, Marcus BOTH (AUS) 68 70

139 - Digvijay SINGH (IND) 71 68, Sachin BAISOYA (IND) 67 72, Sam GILLIS (USA) 65 74, Janne KASKE (FIN) 70 69, Himmat RAI (IND) 72 67

140 - Chikkarangappa S. (IND) 71 69, Sanjeev KUMAR (L) (IND) 70 70, Arjun SHARMA (IND) 68 72, Tarik CAN (USA) 69 71, M DHARMA (IND) 73 67, Tapy GHAI (IND) 71 69, Matt KILLEN (ENG) 71 69, Shivendra Singh SISODIA (IND) 68 72

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.