Grillo builds four-shot Indian Open lead

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo in action on day one of the Hero Indian Open

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo in action on day one of the Hero Indian Open

Five-over after his first nine holes on Thursday, Sharma salvaged his first round to end at 1-over. That first round could also be a result of jet lag as he flew back from WGC Mexico where he had a Top-10 finish. I'm just going to have fun.

The other prominent Indian names who will miss the cut, are defending champion SSP Chawrasia (seven-over-151), Gaganjeet Bhullar (nine-over-153) and Jeev Milkha Singh (20-over-164). We got on really well.

"If you told me I would be seven-under-par going into the weekend after being five-over-par on my opening nine holes (10th to 18th) yesterday, I would just have laughed", said the Indian youngster with a smile at the end of the day.

With this week's two tournaments - the Hero Indian Open and the Valspar Championship - playing continuously, apart from a few hours when I'm asleep anyway, it's not been easy to know when to kick the blog off but I'll start with the Hero Indian Open, where the second round is still in progress. His only bogey came on the par-4 seventh. The spectators sensed something special was in the offing and they were right.

"I kind of said I don't think so and felt bad for doing it, but he said "No, don't worry, it's fine" and he's come back from whatever score he was on, three or four over, to that".

Overall, however, it was a forgettable day for the majority of the Indians.

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. Joshi was in tied ninth at four-under-140.

While a lot of focus has been on Shubhankar, I was also very happy to see Khalin Joshi make a good move with a 68 that put him in the Top 10.

But any player fancying a tilt at the Indian Open title will have to contend with 25-year-old Grillo, who sits atop the leaderboard at 11-under despite a closing bogey on the 9th hole.

Former champion Arjun Atwal, who was one-under 71 yesterday, scored five-over 77 and three-time victor in 2017 Shiv Kapur (76, 72) are likely to miss the cut as they are four-over 148 after two days.

"I think the courtesy auto made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take 10 or 15 minutes". That was why, I made a decision to go for the green (on 18). I was telling myself that I'll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day. It could turn out to be a battle royale between the two at the weekend.

Leading round 2 scores: 133 (11-under)- Emiliano Grillo 65-68; 137-Shubhankar Sharma 73-64; 138-Pablo Larrazabal (Esp) 67-71, Andrew Johnston 72-66; 139-Matt Wallace (Eng) 69-70, Keith Horne 66-73, Jens Dantorp (Swe) 69-70, Panuphol Pittayarat (Tha) 69-70.

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