PATTAYA: Shiv Kapur continued his quest for a third title in 2017 as shot a bogey free 68 to get to 7-under 135 after the second round of US $ 500,000 Royal Cup. He now shares the lead with Prom Meesawat of Thailand who four-under-par 67.
As for the other Indians Kahlin Joshi (67) moved to T4 and 5-under and at the same position was Gaganjeet Bhullar (71) while Jyoti Randhawa shot 73 and slipped to T35.
Winner of two Asian Tour titles this season Kapur kept mistakes out of his game and carded a bogey-free 68. Similar to round one, he needed a few holes to get his game started. Things went on track for him after consecutive birdies on the sixth and seven. He would be happier to get an even lower score, but he’s satisfied with having the lead at the halfway stage of the tournament.
Kapur said, “I was bogey-free today. I kept the mistakes off the card. I felt that I had a slow start as I didn’t give myself birdie chances in the first five holes. I ground out a few pars, made a birdie on the sixth and a good birdie on seven. I got going after that
“I thought the conditions were much tougher today. The winds picked up and the greens got firm. The greens were pretty fast as well.
Overall, if you’re leading the tournament, you can’t be too unhappy. Hopefully, I can handle it better tomorrow and give myself a few more chances.”
The experienced Thai golfer apron was feeling very positive about his game from the first hole at the Phoenix’s Gold Golf and Country and he had the result to show for it. Proms carded three birdies and an eagle during the round.
Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei is two shots behind the leaders in lone third after carding a 69. He scored three birdies and turned in at 33 courtesy of some accurate approach shots. However, things did not go as well over his back nine (holes one to nine) as he made three bogeys.
The entire field stays for the weekend as the Royal Cup is a no cut event.