GOLF / MAYBANK MALAYSIAN OPEN: Randhawa struggles
JYOTHI Randhawa of India, who has not won a title for the past three years, almost blew his chances yesterday after struggling to a par 72.
His saving grace was the six-under 66 first round, which has injected hope into his next two rounds.
"I was a little anxious, trying to make putts, trying to hit shots. I wasn't committed and wasn't focused to what I needed to do and play.
"I was more focused on the result and scoring and had a few opportunities mixed with a few misses. Probably I was over anxious, trying to make a score," said the Indian who last won in the Thailand Open in 2009.
He felt the pins were tough but the conditions in the morning were easier.
"I thought I missed about three shots and if I had converted, I would be right up there.
"But now, I'm not sure if I have a chance. But I'm here, six under after two days. If someone said at the start of the week that I would be six under, I would have taken it.
He described his swing as patchy, but said he now knows what to do in the remaining rounds.
"I need to stay behind the ball as I have a tendency to move ahead of the ball. I need to be more centred and balanced. It's a very old habit and I guess old habits die hard. It's been six or seven years that I've been trying to get over that.
"The good thing is I know what I need to do but the sad thing is that I'm not able to do it," lamented Randhawa.
2nd rd after play was stopped by rain, with 75 players yet to complete their round.
135 Hennie Otto (SA) 71-64, Jbe Kruger (SA) 70-65.
137 David Lipsky (US) 70-67, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 70-67.
138 Jyothi Randhawa (Ind) 66-72, Danny Willett (Eng) 69-69.
139 Simon Dyson (Eng) 69-70, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 68-71.
140 Tom Lewis (Eng) 70-70, Lian Wen-Chong (Ch) 72-68, Victor Dubuisson (Fra) 72-68.
141 Stephen Lewton (Eng) 70-71, Julien Quesne (Fra) 69-72, Scott Hend (Aus) 70-71, Branden Grace (SA) 69-72, Daisuke Kataoka (Jpn) 70-71, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 70-71.
142 Matteo Manassero (Ita) 70-72, Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 73-69, Peter Karmis (SA) 72-70, Gaurev Ghei (Ind) 68-74.
143 Prom Meesawat (Tha) 68-75, Siddikur Rahman (Bang) 72-71, Prayad Marksaeng (Thai) 73-70, Steve Webster (Eng) 73-70, Richard Mc Evoy (Eng) 72-71, Scott Barr (Aus) 73-70, Fabrizio Zanotti (Par) 72-72, Panuphol Pittayarat (Thai) 69-74.
144 Lee Sung (S Kor) 69-75, Chapchai Nirat (Thai) 71-73, Berry Hanson (US) 72-72, Zhang Lian-wei (Chn) 70-74, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) 73-71.
145 Kieran Pratt (Thai) 71-74, Digvijay Singh (Ind) 73-72, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 72-72, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 73-72.
146 Alexander Noren (Swe) 74-72, Adison da Silva (Bra) 72-74, Graeme Storm (Eng) 76-70, Lee Slattery (Eng) 72-74, Danny Chia (Mas) 73-73, Sujjan Singh (Ind) 70-76, Lian Wen-Tang (Tai) 69-77, Himmat Rai (Ind) 73-73, Charigh Kumar (Ind) 76-70, Mars Pucay (Phil) 74-72, Low Khai Jei (Mas) 73-73.
147 David Gleeson (Aus) 74-73, Matthew Zions (Aus) 74-73, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 73-74.
148 Joel Sjoholm (Swe) 75-73, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 71-77, Namchok Tantipokhakul (Tha) 78-70, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 75-73.
149 Richard Johnson (Swe) 72-77, Arnod Vongvanij (Thai) 74-75, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 74-75.
150 Lam Chih Bing (Sin) 72-78, Airil Rizman (Mas) 76-74, Chong CM (Mas) 75-75, SSP Chowrasia (Ind) 74-76, Oliver Fisher (Eng) 77-73.
151 Brett Rumford (Aus) 76-75, Shaifubari Muda (Mas) 77-74, Thammanoon Sriroj (Tha) 74-77.
152 Tim Stewart (Aus) 81-71, Baek Seuk-Hyun (Kor) 76-76, Fauzi Arie (Mas) 77-75.
153 Guido van Der Valk (Ned) 71-82
154 James Morrison (Eng) 76-78, George Murray (Scot) 75-79.
157 Chan Yih-Shin (Tai) 77-80; 158 Khor Kheng Hwai (Mas) 77-81; 160 Chan Tuck Soon (Mas) 80-80.