Shiv Kapur slips in second round as Jimenez takes lead

Hua Hin, PTI | Updated : 14 February 2015, 05:19 PM

Shiv Kapur slipped down the ladder sharply with a second round 73, even as five Indians made the midway cut at the inaugural USD 2 million True Thailand Classic here today.

Kapur, after a 66 on first day, is now five-under 139 and in tied 29th place after being tied fifth overnight.

Others making the cut were Arjun Atwal (73-67) in tied 35th place, Jyoti Randhawa (71-70) and Anirban Lahiri (69-72) are tied 48th and SSP Chowrasia (71-71) was tied 64th.

The Indians who missed the cut were Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-70), Rahil Gangjee (74-70) in tied 94th, Rashid Khan (74-72) in tied 108th and Jeev Milkha Singh (73-74) in tied 120th.

The cut was set at two-under with a total of 79 players making it into the weekend rounds.

Meanwhile, the Spanish star Miguel Angel Jimenez moved into the lead after the second round.

The charismatic veteran, who is the oldest player in the field, was once again in his element as he raced atop the leaderboard with a 66 at 11-under, even as Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat fired his way back into contention with five-under-par 67 to pile the pressure from second place at 10-under.

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand also made his move by carding a similar 66 to share third place with Australia’s Scott Hend and one-time Asian Tour winner, Richard T Lee of Canada at nine-under.

Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, meanwhile, created the early headlines when he became the proud new owner of a luxury townhouse worth 12 million Thai baht, courtesy of his hole-in-one at the par-three 14th.

After missing the cut at the season-opening event in Malaysia last week, Kiradech returned with all guns blazing at the richest golf tournament in Thailand.

The 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, who started on the back-nine 10, had an opening birdie to get his round going. He went on to mix two bogeys against two birdies for an outward 35. But it was an eagle-three on the second hole that surged him further up the leaderboard.

Although he dropped another shot on five, the Thai would respond quickly with another three birdies in his closing four holes to sign for a two-day total of 10-under-par 134.

Crowd favourite Thongchai did not disappoint the galleries as he improved on his opening 69 with 66 that was highlighted by seven birdies and one bogey.

First Published: Saturday, February 14, 2015 05:16 PM
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