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Hero Indian Open - Day two digest

Hero Indian Open - Day two digest

Everything you need to know from day two in New Delhi.

Keita Nakajima led the way, Espen Kofstad produced a 19-shot swing, Veer Ahlawat was feeling right at home and Shubhankar Sharma was left in a nightmare position on day two of the Hero Indian Open.

Here is everything you need to know from Friday in New Delhi.

Nakajima on top

Nakajima fired a second consecutive 65 to open up a two-shot lead before play was suspended due to storms. The Japanese held a six-shot advantage after 11 holes in round two but was reeled in by Frenchman Romain Langasque before he finished birdie-eagle to once again give himself some breathing space at 14 under. Langasque's 66 left him a shot clear of Italian Matteo Manassero and two ahead of fellow Frenchman Jeong weon Ko. Dutchman Joost Luiten was at ten under playing the 16th when the hooter sounded at 4.57pm at DLF Golf & Country Club and will be one of 46 players returning to complete their rounds at 7.30am local time on Saturday.

Comeback kid Kofstad shatters course record

Kofstad bettered his first-round score by an incredible 19 shots as he smashed the DLF G&CC course record. The Norwegian had already booked his flights home after carding an opening 81 over the Gary Player-designed layout, which is considered to be one of the very toughest on the DP World Tour. But after starting his second round with three birdies he barely looked back, carding a single bogey and six more birdies to get to eight under on the day after 15 holes. He needed another gain to break Sharma's course record of 64 but went one better, eagling the eighth after a stroke of good fortune to card a 62 that is also his lowest round on Tour by two shots. "Today was just unbelievable," he said. "Everything came off and I've holed so many putts, I have no idea how many feet I've holed but it's been quite the day. I changed my flights last night to go home tomorrow. So I'm going to have to change them again."

Ahlawat enjoying home comforts

Ahlawat was leading the home charge after a 66 moved him just five shots off the lead heading into the weekend. The 28-year-old plays most of his golf at DLF G&CC and he fired an ominous warning to his rivals as he looks for a first DP World Tour win. "This is my home course and it helps for sure," he said. "I feel mentally I'm much stronger, like I'm not afraid to go deep on this course. So I know if I start hitting the ball close to the flag and start holing a few putts, I can go low. I'm not scared to do that."

It takes two

Holing your second for an eagle is a rare feat but it was all the rage on Friday. First it was Manassero on the 17th, with the Italian saying: "I used the bank on the right, it came out perfect. I knew it went in from the reaction of the guys at the back of the green, it was a special one.” And later in the day, Ko got in on the act when he holed his second shot at the first. “It’s the first time I’ve had two days in a row where I’ve wedged in," he said. "I had a sand wedge in. We saw it bounce and couldn’t see it. The others were laughing saying ‘it must be in the hole’ and it was actually in the hole. That was a great feeling.”

Getting out of jail

A bunker shot to eight feet may not sound like anything special for a professional. But it is when it's from here.

No problem for Sharma. Take a bow.

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