Jahanvi grabs lead with under par round of 69 on day 2 of 5th leg of Hero WPGT

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Gurugram, Mar 11 (PTI) Jahanvi Bakshi played the only under par round of the day to grab the lead after day two of the fifth leg of the Hero Women's Pro Golf Tour here on Thursday.

Jahanvi, who is still searching for her maiden win on the Tour, carded a 3-under 69 to follow up on her first round 71 for a 4-under 140 total, opening up a handy four-shot lead over younger sister Hitaashee (71-73) with one round to go.

It is the first time a pair of sisters are occupying the first two spots in a Hero WPGT event. Some of the other sisters playing on the Tour include Atwals, Mehar and Seher, and Badwals, Gursimar and Gurjot.

Vani Kapoor shot a 73 after a first round 74 to lie at third and was three shots behind Hitaashee, while Tvesa Malik, who began well with 71 on the first day, slipped to 77 that included a triple on Par-5 eighth and a double on Par-4 ninth. She lies tied-4th with amateur Avani Prashanth (72-76).

Jahanvi, whose final round at the same course in the eighth leg of the Hero WPGT 2020 was a 69, was shooting her third straight sub-par round at the Gary Player layout. In the first round, she was five-under through 12 holes before a triple on 13th and a bogey on 15th set her back and she finished at one-under 71.

In the second round, she picked birdies on Par-5 fourth, Par-3 fifth and Par-4 ninth to turn in 3-under. A birdie on Par-5 15th made amends for the bogey a day earlier and made it 4-under, but she dropped a shot on Par-4 17th and closed with a par for 69.

'The last time I played here in the 8th leg I shot 3-under 69 so I knew it was possible. I tried to stay clear of the errors of yesterday. Last year was a rookie season for both of and Hitaashee won leg nine, so she inspired me. She is the youngest, so if she could I knew I could also win,' Jahanvi said.

Hitaashee, though younger, broke through on the pro ranks with a win late in 2020. In the second round, she had just one birdie on Par-5 15th, but dropped shots on Par-5 fourth and Par-4 17th.

Avani battled hard despite a rough patch, when she dropped bogey-double bogey-double bogey between third and fifth. She made some amends with four birdies overall in her card of 76. With her first round 72, she is 4-over 148 and tied-fourth with experienced Tvesa.

Lakhmehar Pardesi (76-75) is sixth, while Amandeep Drall (79-74) is seventh. Four players -- Jyotsana Singh, Shagun Narain, amateur Vidhatri Urs and Oviya Reddi -- share the eighth place.

Overnight leader Saaniya Sharma slipped from 70 on day one to 89 on the second for a 19-shot swing and dropped to T-16. PTI Cor APA APA