Scotland’s Richie Ramsay shot four birdies in his last five holes to card a second consecutive 5-under 66 and take the second round lead in the Indian Open on Friday.
Ramsay’s round left him with a three-shot lead over three players — Thai pair Panuphol Pittayarat and Chapchai Nirat, plus Finland’s Jaakko Makitalo, all of whom returned 68s.
Ramsay, a two-time European Tour winner who was the joint overnight leader with England’s James Morrison, had an early birdie on his second hole before 11 consecutive pars preceded his superb run on the last five.
Morrison shot a 71 and slipped to a share of sixth place with India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and another Thai pair, Kwanchai Tannin and Thaworn Wiratchant.
”It’s always nice to hole a birdie on the last. It makes your lunch taste a little nicer,” the 29-year-old Ramsay said. ”The key was patience. I knew I was playing well and hit a lot of good iron shots. If you keep playing that way, sooner or later you will make something.”
Ramsay felt he could have putted better even though he made a 25-foot downhill putt on the last hole.
”It was a really nice way to finish. I stayed patient and you have to find the fairways and get good angles at the pins. I felt that I could have gone really low if I sank some of my putts,” he added.
Pittayarat, a promising 19-year-old looking for his first Asian Tour title, had three straight birdies from the 14 even though his round was affected by rain.
”The rain was pouring down and I didn’t bring my umbrella, which wasn’t smart at all,” Pittayarat said. ”I was drenched going into the last few holes and the rain started to fog up my glasses! I was playing blindly in the last three holes. I kept my rhythm going so I’m happy with that.”
Bhullar kept his good form after completing a fourth Asian Tour win at Macau last week.
”I felt good and was enjoying myself because I found a lot of fairways and hit a lot of greens in regulation. I’m still looking forward to hitting some low numbers in the next two days,” said Bhullar, who is fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.