Karlberg in need of a huge lift after a battling 70 at SAIL-SBI Open

Black Mountain sponsored player, Rikard Karlberg of Sweden battled to a second round two-under-par 70 to take a share of 27th place on a day where India’s Rashid Khan continued to hold on to his lead at the SAIL-SBI Open on Thursday.

Karlberg will have to surmount a big challenge in his last 36 holes if he wants to secure his third Asian Tour title at the Delhi Golf Club as the Swede is 11 shots back of Khan who powered ahead with a 69 before compiling a two-day total of 14-under-par 130.

Berry Henson improved on his opening day efforts where he posted a 73 by returning with a 71.

The American reached the turn in 35 after trading two birdies and one bogey. The birdies however remained elusive in his homeward-nine as he could not mark his card with more red numbers coming home and had to settle for tied-61st place.

Henson made the cut right on the bubble while Jazz Janewattananond’s title challenge came to an end after he carded a 75 to miss the cut which was set at even-par.

The young Thai’s quest for his maiden win on the Asian Tour was prolonged as he marked his card with four bogeys against one birdie to make the early flight home to Hua Hin where he lives.

Meanwhile at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Championship in Malaysia, Swedish

Malcolm Kokocinski let slip of his overnight lead when he carded a 72 to take a share of seventh place at the Asian Tour Development (ADT) event.

The Swede, who used the facilities at Black Mountain to prepare himself for the Asian Tour Qualifying School earlier this year, will be looking to play his way back into the Asian Tour by finishing inside the top-five on the ADT merit list this season.