Gary Lockerbie capitalised on another slice of good fortune to take the clubhouse lead at the midway point of the second round in the Gujarat Kensville Challenge.
The Englishman began the day just one shot off the lead held by local man Rahil Gangjee, after he had holed out with his approach at his very first hole of the tournament on the opening day.
And Lady Luck smiled upon him once again as he knocked another wedge, this time a chipped shot from about 45 yards, into the cup for an eagle at the par five sixth hole at Kensville Golf and Country Club, near Ahmedabad, India.
That came after he had already birdied the third hole and, while bogeys at the eighth and 14th knocked him back, he did recover with birdies at the 15th and 17th to sign for a second successive three under par round of 69.
“I'm really happy with that, absolutely,” said the 29 year old, who already has one Challenge Tour title to his name, having won the 2008 Kazakhstan Open. “Again I got quite a quick start. It wasn’t really a case of holding on towards the end but just keeping it simple, making sure there’s no disasters.Speaking of his eagle, he said: “You wait all year for one, and then two come along in two days!
“To be honest, I don’t think it matters too much how good your wedge play is because the greens are that firm, some balls stop and others bounce and run. So it’s difficult to judge, you need a bit of luck and get the right bounce.”
Daniel Gaunt, meanwhile, threatened Kensville Golf and Country Club’s course record of 67 for a period after he teed off on the tenth hole. Birdies at the 10th, 12th, first, third and fourth holes moved him to five under par through 16, but he proceeded to bogey the 17th before signing for what was still a highly respectable 68.
“The putting has been the key to everything, I think I've had 25 and 24 putts for the first two rounds,” said the Australian. “It makes a change because I haven’t been putting well for the last 12 months, so it’s just good to be in contention again.
“I've come back and I feel comfortable, and now hopefully I can have a good weekend. It’s also the first week I've used contact lenses, so hopefully my good form can continue.”
Overnight leader Gangjee picked up where he left off, as he followed successive birdies on the 10th and 11th holes with two more at the 13th and 14th to take a two shot lead on eight under par.
His friend and compatriot Shiv Kapur, meanwhile, joined Lockerbie in tied second after a birdie on the first and an eagle at the par five fifth hole moved him to six under.