Standout shows by Grillo, Sharma

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo in action on day one of the Hero Indian Open

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo in action on day one of the Hero Indian Open

A player of Grillo's obvious talent should be able to nudge it round for two days and maintain enough of a gap to take the title but there are all sorts of big numbers being racked up here this week (as was the case 12 months ago too) and I can still recall him leading the Africa Open with a round to go in 2014, when he opened up round four with a nine at the par four first! The cut is likely to be applied at three-over-147. Grillo was six clear of the field as I kicked off the blog when Pablo Larrazabal bogeyed the 17th hole but in no time at all, he's now just four clear.

Once awake, the four-time European Tour victor had a "10-second shower, " a wild vehicle ride through the streets of Delhi, and hit just 10 balls on the range before dashing to his first hole, the 10th. The first nine featured three birdies and a bogey, and gave no inkling of the birdie barrage coming in.

In the process, Sharma broke the previous course record of 65 held jointly by Emiliano Grillo of Argentina, who achieved the number in round one on Thursday, as well as Malaysian Gavin Green, who fired the score at the last edition of the Indian Open. Grillo has a victory on the PGA Tour and Sharma is the current leader on the European Tour Order of Merit. He closed with a 62 last month to win the Malaysian Open, making him the only two-time victor on the European Tour this season.

"If you told me I would be seven-under-par going into the weekend after being five-over-par on my opening nine holes (10th to 18th) yesterday, I would just have laughed", said the Indian youngster with a smile at the end of the day.

"Today's round will definitely rank up there as one of my most significant achievements, especially when it is played at this course", Sharma said. He was available at just a shade under [6.0] after he'd birdied the 18th but he's moved a point since and I can see him shortening up fractionally still. "I had to play nearly flawless golf to shoot a seven under". His final-day 62 at Maybank Championship in February made him spring out of nowhere to the promise land but this is one round he is not going to forget soon.

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I knew about the course record so I went from it.

Earlier, the course was nearly grilled to perfection once again for Emiliano but a final-hole bogey left a sour taste to the mouth as the famished Grillo headed for lunch.

"You have no idea how hard the course is", the 25-year-old told europeantour.com. "When I practiced on Tuesday and played the pro-am on Wednesday, I was telling myself that I'll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day".

"I have been in this situation quite a few times now and have local knowledge of the course - which pins to attack and which to respect", Sharma said as he acknowledged the congratulations of fellow Indian pro Khalin Joshi, who had got into the top-10 with a round of 4-under 68.

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