Grillo in lead; Sandhu best home golfer at Indian Open

Grillo in lead; Sandhu best home golfer at Indian Open

That was before the latest toast of Indian golf, Shubhankar Sharma, caught fire on the back nine to break the course record with an 8-under 64 to be second on his own and only four shots from the lead. When he rolled in another on the 18th, he was four clear with nine to play.

Indian golfers have won 12 of the last 26 renewals and I fancy that could soon be 13 from 27.

Four players joined Larrazabal on five under, with Paul Peterson, Matteo Manassero, Adrien Saddier and Keith Horne all two shots behind Grillo. I'm very happy with the way I played.

Asked what would be his strategy in the weekend, Shubhankar said: I exactly know how that course behaves.

"Honestly, I wasn't expecting it", said the 25-year-old of holding a four shot lead with 36 holes to play. Closing birdies on the 17th and 18th were certainly the cherries on the cake as the European and Asian Tours leader left the table with a course record 8-under 64 at the DLF G&CC. "I got lucky that we didn't have traffic".

Shubhankar Sharma during the second round of the Indian Open in Gurgaon on Friday.

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Last week's shock WGC-Mexico Championship contender, Sharma, who teed off in the morning yesterday, starting on the 10th, played his first nine holes in a five-over-par 41.

Joshi said: "To go bogey-free on this course is extremely pleasing".

Two titles on the European Tour and his exploits in Mexico had filled him with so much confidence that Sharma made a decision to go for the 18th green with his second shot.

"If you told me I would be seven-under-par going into the weekend after being five-over-par on my opening nine holes yesterday, I would just have laughed". It's going to be fascinating to see how he fares in round two and I really hope he kicks on and contends but I'm in no rush to side with him or anyone else towards the head of the market. I'm just going to have fun. And he is not fretting about being in the final group of the third round in his national Open, which he considers the fifth Major for Indian golfers, despite the fact that a victory can take him inside the top-50 in world rankings.

"My lovely new iPhone went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee time", he told the website. I'm going to wait and see what today brings but I have had a small top-up on Henrik Stenson at [100.0].

Pablo Larrazabal (71) and Andrew Johnston (66) were tied for third at 6 under, one stroke behind Sharma.