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Whiteford stretches lead at Avantha Masters

Paul McGinley is on five-under-par, five shots off Whiteford’s lead after two days in New Delhi.

Peter Whiteford (file photo).
Peter Whiteford (file photo).
Image: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

SCOTLAND’S PETER WHITEFORD opened up a two-shot advantage at the top of the leaderboard on day two of the Avantha Masters in New Delhi.

Whiteford shared the clubhouse lead with Alejandro Canizares overnight, but struck out on his own this morning with an eagle at the sixth helping him to a round of 68 and 10-under-par.

Canizares slipped back to five-under with a 73, but Prom Meesawat has Whiteford firmly in his sights. The Thai native didn’t drop a shot on his way to a 64, finishing with a flurry of five birdies in his last six holes.

Meesawat is in second place on eight-under-par, a single shot ahead of a four-man cluster which includes his fellow countrymen Chapchai Nirat and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, France’s Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Kieran Pratt of Australia.

Paul McGinley remains on the fringe of the business end after his second eagle in as many days. The Dubliner shot 69 today, and goes into the weekend in a tie for 15th place on five-under.

Gareth Maybin is two shots further back on three-under after a round of 69.

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