Beijing: Gaurav Ghei recovered his touch in right time to bring in a superb four-under 68 and take a share in the four-way lead with one more round to go in the inaugural $500,000 Pine Valley Beijing Open on Saturday.
Ghei fired six birdies against two bogeys for his 68, in which his front nine came in a flawless four-under 32. He was 11-under 205 after rounds of 65 and 72 on the first two days.
The Delhi-based golfer shares the lead with Scott Strange whose round included a stunning hole-in-one on the par-3 12th hole. Overnight leader, Panuwat Meunlek overcame a double bogey on par-5 13th hole with a 69 and Adam Blyth with 67 were also on 11-under.
``Every time after you win, it helps boost your confidence. After my win last year, I had a lot of good finishes in events like the HSBC Champions and the Johnnie Walker Classic,'' said Ghei, who last year broke his 11-year winless streak with a victory at the Mercuries Masters. India's other two remaining challengers S.S.P. Chowrasia and Amandeep Johl shot 72 and 73 respectively for a tied 50th place.
Chopra makes the cut
In Irving, Texas, Jeev Milkha Singh was left to rue a poor back nine in his level-par 70 as he missed his second successive cut in the US PGA Tour, but Daniel Chopra fired a superb four-under 66 to ensure weekend action after the second round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championships here.
Jeev ended with a five-over 145 and four off the cut line. The seasoned Indian needed to return a low score after his first round 75 but blew away his chances in the back nine to fall by the wayside.
At the top, Luke Donald also shot a four-under 66 to take sole lead with seven-under 133 after two rounds. The Englishman was one shot clear of defending champion Brett Wetterich (68), Frederik Jacobson and first-round leader Sean O'Hair (69). PTI