North Berwick (Scotland): Ace Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma shrugged off an average first round score to make a dramatic comeback in the second round of the Aberdeen Investments Scottish Open. Sharma made the cut with a score of 66 (5-under par) in the second round after a par score i.e. 71 on Day 1. On the other hand, S.S.P Chawrasia and Gaganjeet Bhullar couldn’t make the cut and ended the day at T-124 and T-154 respectively. England’s Lee Slattery was the leader as he sat at the top, tied with South African Erik Van Rooyen and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger at the score of (14-under par) after Day 2. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Sharma started the round in style with three birdies on the first nine holes. Things seemed even better when a birdie on the 11th hole finally gave him the belief that he could make the cut on a very tough day. From 12-17 holes, Sharma was able to keep the projected cut score within touching distance and finally a birdie on the 18th, which was an amazing 45 feet putt, ensured that he will be going through to the final two days of the tournament. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Sharma had a bogey free round 2 ending with an overall score of 137 (5-under par) after day 2 of the event making a jump of 54 places to keep the Indian challenge alive. Sharma’s scores are 71 (par) and 66 (5-under par) after round 1 and 2 respectively. The day though belonged to Wiesberger. The Austrian bettered his first round score and scored 61 (10-under par) with the help of 11 birdies in second round. Wiesberger made a huge jump of 28 places to end at the top of the standings. Slattery shared the first spot as he ended with an overall score of 128 (14-under par) after two rounds. Slattery picked up from where he had left and ended round 2 with seven birdies and a score of 64 (7-under par) same as his round 1 score. Erik Van Rooyen also ended with a score of 64 (7-under par) in each of the two rounds to be tied at 1st position alongside Slattery and Wiesberger. The European Tour event will be brought live and exclusive to the Indian audiences by DSPORT on Day 4 from 7.30 p.m. onwards.
THE ROAD SAFETY Authority and the gardaí are appealing to drivers to slow down this coming bank holiday weekend.National ‘Slow Down’ day is taking place from 7am this Friday to 7am on Saturday.Figures show that the June Bank Holiday has consistently been the most dangerous weekend over the past two years.Eleven people have been killed and 16 seriously injured, six people died in 2012 and five in 2013.Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has urged drivers to support national “Slow Down” day: The only way to avoid a repeat this year is if we all work together. Speed is still one of the biggest risk factors. “By slowing down we reduce the likelihood of a crash, and the severity of injuries. We are also asking drivers this weekend to watch out for dangerous road conditions because the weather is so changeable”.Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority Moyagh Murdock added that ”We are also heading into this weekend on the back of a really bad May Bank Holiday when we lost 5 lives on the roads.Nationally we seem to be heading in the same direction as last year. 71 lives have been lost compared to 73 up to the same date last year and last year was our worst in seven years.Assistant Commissioner John Twomey from the Garda National Traffic Bureau said, “Help us all make this June Bank Holiday a particularly safe one. Ask your family, friends and colleagues to heed the advice given to slow down”.He also added that gardaí will be specifically targeting drivers exceeding the speed limit over the weekend.Applegreen will give tired drivers a free cup of coffee on Friday between 2pm and 8pm at 17 stores.Drivers just need to mention the RSA at the till on “Slow Down” day.Read: This is what a motorbike looks like after a fatal crash>Read: Drink-driving clampdown results in almost 1500 tests and nine arrests>Read: Almost 2,000 drivers arrested for drink driving so far this year>
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