Bad day at work sees Jeev Milkha Singh fall back in race for top 5

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After opening with a first round 66 which put him in a tie for second place, Jeev Milkha Singh dropped to equal 27th position after carding one birdie, two bogeys and one double bogey at TPC Scottsdale for a two-day total of 2-under 140. Photo: DNA India

Jeev Milkha Singh carded a disappointing 3-over 74 in the second round of the PGA TOUR Champions Qualifying Tournament (Final Stage) to fall off the pace in the race for five tour cards for the 2023 season.

After opening with a first round 66 which put him in a tie for second place, the Indian veteran star dropped to equal 27th position after carding one birdie, two bogeys and one double bogey at TPC Scottsdale for a two-day total of 2-under 140. He is currently seven shots back from the projected mark to earn a PGA TOUR Champions card.

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Countryman Jyoti Randhawa carded a 71 for a 143 total in tied 43rd place.

Mark Walker, who started the day at T2 5-under, posted a bogey-free round that included four birdies and an eagle to take the lead at 11-under 131 after the second round.

“I’m not actually hitting it that well,” Walker said. “I’m hitting it in the fairway for the most part and I’m around the green, but I’m just putting outstanding.”

Walker added: “My caddie and I are reading the lines. It seems like every time we get a putt, we know exactly what it’s doing so it’s pretty simple now. I’m going to go to the range and work on it here a bit and hopefully get the balls tracking a little bit better and maybe shoot a better score tomorrow.”

Rick Garboski, who has made one career start on PGA TOUR Champions, carded a 9-under 62, posting the lowest score from the second round. After three bogeys on his score card in the first round, he made a big jump in the second round, with seven birdies and an eagle on no. 18 to end the day in solo second at 10-under 132.

Fran Quinn, Richard Green and Jesus Rivas share a third-place lead with 36 holes remaining in the final stage.

At the end of four rounds, the top-5 finishers will be fully exempt into all open, full-field events for PGA TOUR Champions in the 2023 season. In addition, players finishing sixth through 30th will be eligible to apply for PGA TOUR Champions Associate Membership for the 2023 season, which will afford them the opportunity to enter 2023 PGA TOUR Champions weekly event qualifiers.