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Randhawa overcomes early blues

V Krishnaswamy | March 04, 2005 20:40 IST

Jyoti Randhawa recovered from his first round blues to bring in a fine card of four-under 68 that catapulted him into the top 25, while Arjun Atwal struggled once again and tumbled out of the USD 2.2 million Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club.

After two rounds, Randhawa is now four-under for the tournament, he had a par round on first day, while Atwal finished with rounds of 73 and 74 for a total of three-over and made his third exit in as many appearances in Dubai.

The early leader into the clubhouse was Miguel Angel Jimenez, who knocked in a round of 65, that was absolutely flawless till the ninth, his last hole for the day, where he dropped a shot.

Followed by a huge gallery, he was at 12-under for 36 holes, which included rounds of 67 and 65.

Following him in the second place was the Ernie Els, who once again played error-free golf for a round of 68 with four birdies and no bogeys. Els, who had a 66 on first day, has not bogeyed for the first two days.

Randhawa came out smiling after five birdies and one bogey, and said "I was pretty satisfied and I played solid. A few putts got away, but I putted much better and was good off the tee. 

"I was a little unhappy with my par round, but at four-under after two rounds, I am okay.

"Today, when I birdied the 11th, my second hole for the day, I was getting charged. I was walking fast and going for it. A bogey on third and a missed putt on fourth and then I told myself to relax and play. Then I was bette," he added.

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