Loch Lomond, Scotland, July 15 (UNI) Shiv Kapur (69) was the only Indian left in the fray as both Jyoti Randhawa (77) and Jeev Milkha Singh (72) shockingly failed to make the cut after the second round of the 2.4 million pound Scottish Open here.
Shiv, who started at the tied 81st spot following a disappointing one-over 72 in the first round, improved to the tied 55th position after firing a brace of birdies on the 12th and 13th to just about make it to the next round with a two-day total of one-under 141.The biggest disappointment of the day was Jyoti Randhawa, who had a solid start to his campaign at the tied ninth spot but a horrendous perfromance -- which saw him hit only one birdie against five bogeys and a double-bogey -- threw him out of contention at the event.
Randhawa finished with a two-day total of six-over 145 after he dropped six shots in the space of four holes in his back-nine, which ended his hopes of making any sort of recovery following two previous bogeys in his front nine.
Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for Jeev, who failed to make it by a single shot. The 10th tee starter was off to a disastrous start as he dropped two successive shots on the opening two holes. Two more bogeys on the 13th and 15th meant the solitary birdie sandwiched in between hardly made any difference as he stood three-over at the halfway mark.
The seasoned pro -- determined to make up for the poor show -- didn't start any better in his other nine and hit a bogey on the first. He, however, got his act together to fire three birdies after that but the damage had been done by then as he failed to make it to the next round.
At the top of the leaderboard, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke (131) produced a marvellous second round of six-under 65 to move into a three stroke lead.
He displayed all of his class as he conjured seven birdies and just single dropped shot on a day of perfect conditions at Loch Lomond.
Sweden's Johan Edfors, Ireland's Damien McGrane and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel lead the chasing pack behind Clarke on eight under, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Scotland's David Drysdale on seven under.UNI XC PM RL ND0958