Pattaya, Thailand, 29 Dec 2017

Kapur stays in the lead at halfway stage of Royal Cup

Joshi climbs to tied fourth along with Bhullar

India’s Shiv Kapur shot a three-under-68 for a seven-under-135 total to share first place with Prom Meesawat of Thailand after the second round of the US$500,000 Royal Cup.
Shiv (67-68), looking for his third title of the year, kept the 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 seventh.

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. Over at the back nine, I was just hanging on and trying to avoid the mistakes.
“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. I also hope that the course stays tough because I like it to be tough.”

Khalin Joshi made a move on day two as his round of 68 pushed him up 16 places to tied fourth at four-under-138.

Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was among the five joint leaders on day one, slipped to tied fourth after posting a 71. Thus there were three Indians in the top-4.

Jyoti Randhawa, the fourth Indian in the field, was tied 35th at one-over-143.
The entire field stays for the weekend as the Royal Cup is a no cut event. It is also the final event on the 2017 Asian Tour schedule.

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