Noida:Jyoti Randhawa soared to the pole position with a steady four-under 68 but SSP Chowrasia's game came unstuck and the Indian Masters winner missed the cut in the $400,000 SAIL Open on Thursday.
In all, 21 Indians made the cut and the sparse crowd at the par-72 Jaypee Greens returned home lamenting Chowrasia was not one of them.
The Kolkata pro, who had stunned a star-studded field to lift Indian Masters a fortnight ago, fell by the wayside with a poor second round of 74.
His 36-hole tally of 146 left him on the wrong side of the cut line which was set at 145.
Chowrasia's round was blighted by two double bogeys and he could not recover to hang around for weekend action.
"This is how golf treats you at times. There simply can't be any excuse. I did not play well and so missed the cut. It's as simple as that," Chowrasia said.
Randhawa, however, no such worry and the former Asia number one turned in 68 to join overnight leader Tony Carolan at the top of the pack at nine-under 135.
Even-par after nine holes, Randhawa enjoyed the wide fairways on course on the back nine and sunk three straight birdies on the 10th, 11th and 12th holes before another birdie on the 15th placed him at the top of the field.
Trailing Randhawa and Carolan from one shot behind was 45-year-old veteran Wang Ter Chang of the Chinese Taipei, whose five-under 67 put him at 136 and in third place.