Chowrasia, Lahiri improve on rain-hit second day in Singapore

Indian golfers SSP Chowrasia and Anirban Lahiri completed their opening round and improved their positions before rain left them stranded midway through the second round at the Barclay's Singapore Open today.

Weather played spoilsport once again as more than half the field was yet to begin their second round. In fact, none of the players who played in the first session yesterday got any action today.

India's best placed players on the first day, Himmat Rai and Jyoti Randhawa, both two-under in first round, were left cooling their heels in the clubhouse as were Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar.

Both Chowrasia and Lahiri, who got to play a substantial bit of the second round, were two-under for the tournament with five and nine holes to play respectively.

Simon Dyson, a former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, and Thai Chapchai Nirat, who has practiced to be a monk in the past, shared the clubhouse lead at six-under.

Dyson had five more to play in the second round, while Chapchai had nine holes more to go.

Of the other Indian players, Chiragh, who was one-over for the first round, which he completed this morning needing to play nine holes this morning, played the first nine of his second round in two-under to come to even par for the tournament.

Shamim, two-over in first round, was two-over through 15 holes in the second round to go four-over, while Digvijay was two-over through 10 to become five-over. Jeev Milkha Singh had pulled out and Rashid Khan (76) retired after the first round.

Chowrasia, who played 13 holes from his first round and then eight in the second, completed his opening round in 70. He then began his second round with a birdie to be one-under through eight holes in his incomplete second round and was two-under for the tournament.

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