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Randhawa's struggle continues

August 20, 2005 15:23 IST

Golfer Jyoti Randhawa's struggle continued on the second day of the USD  7.5 million WGC-NEC Invitational golf tournament in Ohio, as he added a seven-over par 77 to his first day's nine-over par 79.

With a total of 16-over par 156, Randhawa brings up the rear in the 71-man field. Since, there is no cut in this special event, he will continue into the weekend round and is sure of making money.

Randhawa started on 10th and had a double bogey on the par-4 16th hole and turned in two over 37. On the front nine, the first day disaster returned, as he made five bogeys on the second, third, fourth, sixth and ninth holes for a five-over 40 and a day's total of seven-over 77.

With 33 and 32 putts on the two days and a driving accuracy of less than 45 per cent, he has reached the Greens in regulation on less than 50 per cent occasion. That really sums up his tale of woes. Randhawa is yet to have a birdie in two days.

Tiger Woods and Luke Donald shared the lead at Firestone Country Club's South Course. The two are tied at four-under 136 at the midway point of the event that has 49 of the top 50 players in the world participating.

Donald is the only player to have posted two rounds under par after his 67 on a wind-swept on Friday, while Woods' even-par 70 gave him a share of the lead he held after the first round.

Thongchai Jaidee slipped with a six-over 76 to total 9-over 149, and K J Choi also came down with a 76 and he is now tied 54th.

Thomas Bjorn is at 3 under along with Vijay Singh, Henrik Stenson, Paul McGinley and Chris DiMarco. McGinley tied Justin Leonard for the best round of the day at 66 and Bjorn matched Donald's 67.

Woods has won three NEC Invitational titles at Firestone and never finished lower than fifth.


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