Chawrasia Maintains Lead at Hero Indian Open

The chase is on at the Hero Indian Open after 36 holes, with the local favorite and the defending champion out in front of the field.

India’s SSP Chawrasia, a native of Calcutta, leads for a second straight day thanks to another bogey-free round. Just 1-under at the turn, Chawrasia added three birdies on the back nine to shoot a 4-under 67 for the day.

Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman, the winner here a year ago, shot a 68 and is a stroke back fo Chawrasia at 9-under. He could have sole possession of the lead, but shot a double-bogey 6 on No. 4 and had a bogey on No. 15 as well.

Day One’s other two co-leaders, Chapchai Nirat and Joakim Lagergren, both fell back to 6-under after each man shot an even-par 71.

Meanwhile, India’s Anirban Lahiri, who already has a win on tour this year, bounced back from his 2-over 73 on Thursday to hit a 65 of his own, climbing to 4-under and within six strokes of the lead.

Lahiri had a horrific quadruple-bogey 8 on the 421-yard, par-4 No. 10 on Thursday, but birdied that hole on Friday, one of nine birdies he would record on the round.

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