Shiv Kapur stays best Indian at Hong Kong Open

Kapur, who shot 68 on the first day, added a one-under 69 on the second to move up to three-under 137 and Tied-18th, up four places at the midway stage of the USD 2 million UBS Hong Kong Open.

Shiv Kapur remains the best-placed Indian at the midway stage of the UBS Hong Kong Open.   -  Getty Images

Shiv Kapur remained as the best-placed Indian at the midway stage of the USD 2 million UBS Hong Kong Open today as only three Indians survived the 36-hole cut at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

Kapur, who shot 68 on the first day, added a one-under 69 on the second to move up to three-under 137 and Tied-18th, up four places.Gaganjeet Bhullar (69-69) in Tied-29th place and Arjun Atwal (70-70) at Tied-49th were the only other Indians making the cut.

Rahil Gangjee (71-70) missed by one shot, while Jyoti Randhawa (71-72) and Chiragh Kumar (73-70), SSP Chawrasia (71-74), Himmat Rai (72-75) were further down. Rashid Khan pulled out after the first round.

Meanwhile, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello raced three shots clear at the halfway stage with Masters winner Danny Willet amongst those in the chasing pack. Cabrera Bello extended his overnight lead with a six-birdie round, which kept him firmly in sight of a third European Tour victory.

Asian Tour regular Sam Brazel of Australia sank an eagle en route to a fine 66 for second place on his own while Willet mounted his title charge with a 66 as well which put him in a share of third place, five off the pace.

Thai star Thongchai Jaidee, Malaysian Danny Chia and Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei were amongst those who trail by a further shot on 134.

Australia’s Scott Hend moved a step closer towards securing the prestigious Asian Tour Order of Merit title with a 68, leaving him in joint 18th position.