Dubai: Dubai-based Shiv Kapur (India) shot a second round level-par 72 for a 36-hole total of 151, seven-over par to make the cut on the mark alongwith MG Keyser, another Dubai golfer, after the second round in the Singapore International at Tanah Merah Country Club with a prizefund of $1 million.
The tournament is led by Rattanon Wannasrichan (Thai) on 139, who shot a joint best of the week 66, with the 26-year-old Rattanon eagling the 626 yards par five 18th hole to take the lead, First round leader Khalin Joshi (Ind) carded a 74 to follow his opening 67 to be tied second two shots back.
Also two back is Ratchanon Chantananuwat, Thailand’s 14-year-old amateur golf sensation, who also managed a second round 66.
Kapur said after his round: ‘‘I am very proud to make the cut. I fought back from being eight-over par through 14 holes. A good weekend can see you rocket up or down the leaderboard as conditions are expected to stay breezy. As I said at the beginning of the week, anything under par is a good score.’’
Filipino Angelo Que and Paul Peterson from the United States returned rounds of 71 and 73, respectively, to sit at one under for the tournament.
Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond, the reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, finished in solo possession of sixth place on level par after a 73.
Wade Ormsby, the current leader of the 2020 – 2021 Asian Tour Order of Merit list, is in a tie for 10th on two over following a 74. The Australian is not playing in next week’s season-ending SMBC Singapore Open so needs a strong finish over the weekend to hold on to top spot on the Merit list with a host of leading players chasing him.
South African Keyser, representing Jumeirah Golf Estates, slipped to a second round 80 to follow his round one, 71, and also made the cut on 151, with 68 players in tomorrow’s draw. On a day of tough scoring, just five players are under par after two rounds.
The other Dubai based player, veteran Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), shot a second round 80 and missed the cut.
R. Wannasrichan (Thai) 73, 66 - 139.
R. Chantananuwat (am, Thai) 75, 66 - 141.
K. Joshi (Ind) 67. 74 - 141.
P. Petersen (USA) 70.73 - 143.
A. Que (Phil) 72. 71 - 143.
J. Janewattananond (Thai) 71. 73 - 144.