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.