GURGAON, India (AP) — India’s Shiv Kapur fired a 7-under 65 Friday to take a share of the lead with Unho Park of Australia after two rounds of the Johnnie Walker Classic.
Kapur had an eagle and five birdies to join Park at 10-under 134. Park shot a 66 Friday at the DLF Golf and Country Club that featured eight birdies and two bogies.
“I was low on energy due to a viral flu over the past five days, but the birdies were a big energy booster and I had the putter working for me today,” said the 26-year-old Kapur, who has one Asian Tour title to his name.
In a tight leaderboard, world No. 5 Adam Scott and three-time major winner Vijay Singh were within striking distance of the lead. Colin Montgomerie of Scotland and Ian Poulter of England missed the cut at 2 under 142.
Japan’s Taichiro Kiyota and India’s Jyoti Randhawa were one stroke behind the leaders, with Scott in a four-way tie for the fifth spot at eight-under 136 along with Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara and England’s Phillip Archer and Graeme Storm.
Archer’s 64 was the best round of the second day, when Singh moved within four shots of the lead.
“The greens are very grainy, but there are a lot of birdies to be had if you put the balls in the right place,” Kapur said.
Overnight joint leaders Daniel Vancsik of Argentina and Shamim Khan of India could not match their opening round’s performance. Khan had a double-bogey on the 18th to miss the cut by one stroke and Vancsik slid to a tie for 13th after a 71.
Also missing the cut was India’s Shiv Chowrasia, who won the Indian Masters this month.