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Terry Pilkadaris uses second-round 64 to take lead at Hero Indian Open

Terry Pilkadaris
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Friday, March 18, 2016

Terry Pilkadaris estimates he's played Delhi Golf Club at least 40 times.

That course knowledge has paid off for the 42-year-old Australian through two rounds of the Hero Indian Open. Pilkadaris, who has played many events on the European and Asian tours but is still seeking his first European Tour title, leads Nacho Elvira and S.S.P. Chawrasia by three shots at 13-under 131.

"We play in different times of the year here, so the course plays differently every time we are here," Pilkadaris said, "but it is just a matter of adapting. … You've got to keep it straight. If you are on the fairway then you can give yourself chances. That's what you need to do out here."

Pilkadaris has adapted well. He fired an 8-under 64 Friday, making 9 birdies and one bogey, which came at his 18th hole.

"I kept giving myself chances and it was nice to take advantage of them," Pilkadaris said. "You've got to roll with it and don't try to step out of the way and trip on your own feet. Just keep it simple."

While Pilkadaris is looking to improve on his European Tour career-best T-2 last year at the Made in Denmark, Elvira is trying to get back on track and Chawrasia is looking to break through at his home event. Elvira had missed six straight cuts before snapping that streak in Thailand last week. Chawrasia, an India native, is a four-time runner-up at this event.

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