Jyoti is joint leader, Shamim, Chowrasia fail to make the cut

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Gurgaon, Feb 29 (UNI) A scorching 65 by 'feverish' Shiv Kapur catapulted him to the joint lead along with Australia's Unho Park who fired 6 under par 66 after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic golf here today as compatriots Jyoti Randhawa and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota stayed within striking reach.

26-year old Delhi based Kapur and Park lead has a lead of one stroke over Jyoti Randhawa, who also came up with a blistering 65 and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67.

The cut was applied at 2 under 142 and 66 golfers including 11 Indians made the cut while seven others including SSP Chowrasia and first round leader Shamim Khan fell by the way side.

Two Indians who were tied at third place yesterday-Jeev Milkha Singh and Rahil Ganjee saw their fortunes plummeting as they slipped to tied ninth and 16th positions respectively.

Shiv, who had three under par 69 yesterday, fired five birdies and a eagle on the 6th to have two round aggregate of 10 under 134.

''I am thrilled,'' a beaming Shiv said after his round. ''I am not well, have been down with viral for last four days but still I played very well, putted well.'' ''I was focused, though I was bit low on enrgy but every birdie I hit gave me more energy,'' he added.

Randhawa, who yesterday had a 2 under par 70 round and was tied at 24th place, needed a flawless round to stay in contention and he achieved it this morning. The crowd favourite had four birdies- 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th- on his front nine and coming back he carded three more-11th,15th,17th- to end the day at 65 and with a total of 9 under 135 climbed up to joint second spot with Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67 in this round.

Playing on his home course, Asia's number one in 2002, Randhawa said a change in mindset helped him produce a seven-birdie round.

''It's a great round. I think after playing yesterday's round, I'm really happy to be where I am today. I was not feeling all that great when I finished yesterday, and I think I decided what to do today and I stuck with it,'' Randhawa said.

''I guess it's just expectations. You're playing in your country and people expect you to play well, you expect to play well and before you know it, you play and you start scoring and seeing the leaderboard. You could be two-under or three-over,'' he added.

''That's what I did today, I just tried to play the game. I just wanted to go out there and have fun and do the best that I could with my game. That helped. That was great.'' Jeev fired five birdies - at 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 16th but a double bogey on the 9th and then another bogey on the 17th spoiled his round and he ended the day with two under 70.

The Chandigarh based pro who had shot 68 in the first round, with a two round total of 6 under 138 slipped to joint ninth place.

Jeev was disappointment with his round,'' I started off well and as three under after the 16th, that was my front nine. I need to play the 17th properly. I bogeyed it yesterday and again today I played it conservatively but the bal still rolled in the water.

After that I kept making pars, missed a few birdie chances.'' ''The course was there or the taking this morning. It as not that tough. There is a lot of golf left, he added.

Rahil Ganjee, overnight 68, fired four superb birdies on the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th but dropped two strokes on the 9th and then hit another bogey on 14th to have a one under par 71 and with an aggregate of 5 under 139 he came down to joint 17th position.

Digvijay Singh, who had a 2 under par 70 opening round for tied 24th slot, shot his second successive 70 and with a total of 4 under 140 was lying at . he had five birdies but a bogey on the 2nd and double bogey on 7th undid all his good work and he lost two places to be at tied 26th.

Like Jeev, Florida based Arjun Atwal, also found the 17th hole too tough to negotiate. He hit a double bogey here and an earlier bogey on the 3rd pulled down his standing. He hit a par 72 second round, which also included three bogeys. Atwal, who was tied at the 24th slot after carding three under 69 yesterday, slipped to tied 37th place with 3 under 141 The going seemed to be good for Gaurav Ghei till he stumbled at the 12th hole where he hit triple bogey and ended with a par 72 round in which he had five birdies and a bogeys on 5th and 18th also. He totaled 2 under 142 to be placed tied 50th.

Arjun Singh shot two under par 70 while Gagan jeet Bhullar, Mukesh Kumar and Rahul Ganapathy carded identical three under 69 to move into the money making round.

World number five Adam Scott, winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing in 2005, produced a second straight 68 to lie two off the pace in the US Gurgaon, Feb 29 (UNI) A scorching 65 by 'feverish' Shiv Kapur catapulted him to the joint lead along with Australia's Unho Park who fired 6 under par 66 after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic golf here today as compatriots Jyoti Randhawa and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota stayed within striking reach.

26-year old Delhi based Kapur and Park lead has a lead of one stroke over Jyoti Randhawa, who also came up with a blistering 65 and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67.

The cut was applied at 2 under 142 and 66 golfers including 11 Indians made the cut while seven others including SSP Chowrasia and first round leader Shamim Khan fell by the way side.

Two Indians who were tied at third place yesterday-Jeev Milkha Singh and Rahil Ganjee saw their fortunes plummeting as they slipped to tied ninth and 16th positions respectively.

Shiv, who had three under par 69 yesterday, fired five birdies and a eagle on the 6th to have two round aggregate of 10 under 134.

''I am thrilled,'' a beaming Shiv said after his round. ''I am not well, have been down with viral for last four days but still I played very well, putted well.'' ''I was focused, though I was bit low on enrgy but every birdie I hit gave me more energy,'' he added.

Randhawa, who yesterday had a 2 under par 70 round and was tied at 24th place, needed a flawless round to stay in contention and he achieved it this morning. The crowd favourite had four birdies- 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th- on his front nine and coming back he carded three more-11th,15th,17th- to end the day at 65 and with a total of 9 under 135 climbed up to joint second spot with Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67 in this round.

Playing on his home course, Asia's number one in 2002, Randhawa said a change in mindset helped him produce a seven-birdie round.

''It's a great round. I think after playing yesterday's round, I'm really happy to be where I am today. I was not feeling all that great when I finished yesterday, and I think I decided what to do today and I stuck with it,'' Randhawa said.

''I guess it's just expectations. You're playing in your country and people expect you to play well, you expect to play well and before you know it, you play and you start scoring and seeing the leaderboard. You could be two-under or three-over,'' he added.

''That's what I did today, I just tried to play the game. I just wanted to go out there and have fun and do the best that I could with my game. That helped. That was great.'' Jeev fired five birdies - at 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 16th but a double bogey on the 9th and then another bogey on the 17th spoiled his round and he ended the day with two under 70.

The Chandigarh based pro who had shot 68 in the first round, with a two round total of 6 under 138 slipped to joint ninth place.

Jeev was disappointment with his round,'' I started off well and as three under after the 16th, that was my front nine. I need to play the 17th properly. I bogeyed it yesterday and again today I played it conservatively but the bal still rolled in the water.

After that I kept making pars, missed a few birdie chances.'' ''The course was there or the taking this morning. It as not that tough. There is a lot of golf left, he added.

Rahil Ganjee, overnight 68, fired four superb birdies on the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th but dropped two strokes on the 9th and then hit another bogey on 14th to have a one under par 71 and with an aggregate of 5 under 139 he came down to joint 17th position.

Digvijay Singh, who had a 2 under par 70 opening round for tied 24th slot, shot his second successive 70 and with a total of 4 under 140 was lying at . he had five birdies but a bogey on the 2nd and double bogey on 7th undid all his good work and he lost two places to be at tied 26th.

Like Jeev, Florida based Arjun Atwal, also found the 17th hole too tough to negotiate. He hit a double bogey here and an earlier bogey on the 3rd pulled down his standing. He hit a par 72 second round, which also included three bogeys. Atwal, who was tied at the 24th slot after carding three under 69 yesterday, slipped to tied 37th place with 3 under 141 The going seemed to be good for Gaurav Ghei till he stumbled at the 12th hole where he hit triple bogey and ended with a par 72 round in which he had five birdies and a bogeys on 5th and 18th also. He totaled 2 under 142 to be placed tied 50th.

Arjun Singh shot two under par 70 while Gagan jeet Bhullar, Mukesh Kumar and Rahul Ganapathy carded identical three under 69 to move into the money making round.

World number five Adam Scott, winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing in 2005, produced a second straight 68 to lie two off the pace in the US Gurgaon, Feb 29 (UNI) A scorching 65 by 'feverish' Shiv Kapur catapulted him to the joint lead along with Australia's Unho Park who fired 6 under par 66 after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic golf here today as compatriots Jyoti Randhawa and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota stayed within striking reach.

26-year old Delhi based Kapur and Park lead has a lead of one stroke over Jyoti Randhawa, who also came up with a blistering 65 and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67.

The cut was applied at 2 under 142 and 66 golfers including 11 Indians made the cut while seven others including SSP Chowrasia and first round leader Shamim Khan fell by the way side.

Two Indians who were tied at third place yesterday-Jeev Milkha Singh and Rahil Ganjee saw their fortunes plummeting as they slipped to tied ninth and 16th positions respectively.

Shiv, who had three under par 69 yesterday, fired five birdies and a eagle on the 6th to have two round aggregate of 10 under 134.

''I am thrilled,'' a beaming Shiv said after his round. ''I am not well, have been down with viral for last four days but still I played very well, putted well.'' ''I was focused, though I was bit low on enrgy but every birdie I hit gave me more energy,'' he added.

Randhawa, who yesterday had a 2 under par 70 round and was tied at 24th place, needed a flawless round to stay in contention and he achieved it this morning. The crowd favourite had four birdies- 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th- on his front nine and coming back he carded three more-11th,15th,17th- to end the day at 65 and with a total of 9 under 135 climbed up to joint second spot with Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67 in this round.

Playing on his home course, Asia's number one in 2002, Randhawa said a change in mindset helped him produce a seven-birdie round.

''It's a great round. I think after playing yesterday's round, I'm really happy to be where I am today. I was not feeling all that great when I finished yesterday, and I think I decided what to do today and I stuck with it,'' Randhawa said.

''I guess it's just expectations. You're playing in your country and people expect you to play well, you expect to play well and before you know it, you play and you start scoring and seeing the leaderboard. You could be two-under or three-over,'' he added.

''That's what I did today, I just tried to play the game. I just wanted to go out there and have fun and do the best that I could with my game. That helped. That was great.'' Jeev fired five birdies - at 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 16th but a double bogey on the 9th and then another bogey on the 17th spoiled his round and he ended the day with two under 70.

The Chandigarh based pro who had shot 68 in the first round, with a two round total of 6 under 138 slipped to joint ninth place.

Jeev was disappointment with his round,'' I started off well and as three under after the 16th, that was my front nine. I need to play the 17th properly. I bogeyed it yesterday and again today I played it conservatively but the bal still rolled in the water.

After that I kept making pars, missed a few birdie chances.'' ''The course was there or the taking this morning. It as not that tough. There is a lot of golf left, he added.

Rahil Ganjee, overnight 68, fired four superb birdies on the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th but dropped two strokes on the 9th and then hit another bogey on 14th to have a one under par 71 and with an aggregate of 5 under 139 he came down to joint 17th position.

Digvijay Singh, who had a 2 under par 70 opening round for tied 24th slot, shot his second successive 70 and with a total of 4 under 140 was lying at . he had five birdies but a bogey on the 2nd and double bogey on 7th undid all his good work and he lost two places to be at tied 26th.

Like Jeev, Florida based Arjun Atwal, also found the 17th hole too tough to negotiate. He hit a double bogey here and an earlier bogey on the 3rd pulled down his standing. He hit a par 72 second round, which also included three bogeys. Atwal, who was tied at the 24th slot after carding three under 69 yesterday, slipped to tied 37th place with 3 under 141 The going seemed to be good for Gaurav Ghei till he stumbled at the 12th hole where he hit triple bogey and ended with a par 72 round in which he had five birdies and a bogeys on 5th and 18th also. He totaled 2 under 142 to be placed tied 50th.

Arjun Singh shot two under par 70 while Gagan jeet Bhullar, Mukesh Kumar and Rahul Ganapathy carded identical three under 69 to move into the money making round.

World number five Adam Scott, winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing in 2005, produced a second straight 68 to lie two off the pace in the US Gurgaon, Feb 29 (UNI) A scorching 65 by 'feverish' Shiv Kapur catapulted him to the joint lead along with Australia's Unho Park who fired 6 under par 66 after the second round of the Johnnie Walker Classic golf here today as compatriots Jyoti Randhawa and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota stayed within striking reach.

26-year old Delhi based Kapur and Park lead has a lead of one stroke over Jyoti Randhawa, who also came up with a blistering 65 and Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67.

The cut was applied at 2 under 142 and 66 golfers including 11 Indians made the cut while seven others including SSP Chowrasia and first round leader Shamim Khan fell by the way side.

Two Indians who were tied at third place yesterday-Jeev Milkha Singh and Rahil Ganjee saw their fortunes plummeting as they slipped to tied ninth and 16th positions respectively.

Shiv, who had three under par 69 yesterday, fired five birdies and a eagle on the 6th to have two round aggregate of 10 under 134.

''I am thrilled,'' a beaming Shiv said after his round. ''I am not well, have been down with viral for last four days but still I played very well, putted well.'' ''I was focused, though I was bit low on enrgy but every birdie I hit gave me more energy,'' he added.

Randhawa, who yesterday had a 2 under par 70 round and was tied at 24th place, needed a flawless round to stay in contention and he achieved it this morning. The crowd favourite had four birdies- 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th- on his front nine and coming back he carded three more-11th,15th,17th- to end the day at 65 and with a total of 9 under 135 climbed up to joint second spot with Japan's Taichiro Kiyota, who carded a 67 in this round.

Playing on his home course, Asia's number one in 2002, Randhawa said a change in mindset helped him produce a seven-birdie round.

''It's a great round. I think after playing yesterday's round, I'm really happy to be where I am today. I was not feeling all that great when I finished yesterday, and I think I decided what to do today and I stuck with it,'' Randhawa said.

''I guess it's just expectations. You're playing in your country and people expect you to play well, you expect to play well and before you know it, you play and you start scoring and seeing the leaderboard. You could be two-under or three-over,'' he added.

''That's what I did today, I just tried to play the game. I just wanted to go out there and have fun and do the best that I could with my game. That helped. That was great.'' Jeev fired five birdies - at 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th and 16th but a double bogey on the 9th and then another bogey on the 17th spoiled his round and he ended the day with two under 70.

The Chandigarh based pro who had shot 68 in the first round, with a two round total of 6 under 138 slipped to joint ninth place.

Jeev was disappointment with his round,'' I started off well and as three under after the 16th, that was my front nine. I need to play the 17th properly. I bogeyed it yesterday and again today I played it conservatively but the bal still rolled in the water.

After that I kept making pars, missed a few birdie chances.'' ''The course was there or the taking this morning. It as not that tough. There is a lot of golf left, he added.

Rahil Ganjee, overnight 68, fired four superb birdies on the 4th, 6th, 7th and 8th but dropped two strokes on the 9th and then hit another bogey on 14th to have a one under par 71 and with an aggregate of 5 under 139 he came down to joint 17th position.

Digvijay Singh, who had a 2 under par 70 opening round for tied 24th slot, shot his second successive 70 and with a total of 4 under 140 was lying at . he had five birdies but a bogey on the 2nd and double bogey on 7th undid all his good work and he lost two places to be at tied 26th.

Like Jeev, Florida based Arjun Atwal, also found the 17th hole too tough to negotiate. He hit a double bogey here and an earlier bogey on the 3rd pulled down his standing. He hit a par 72 second round, which also included three bogeys. Atwal, who was tied at the 24th slot after carding three under 69 yesterday, slipped to tied 37th place with 3 under 141 The going seemed to be good for Gaurav Ghei till he stumbled at the 12th hole where he hit triple bogey and ended with a par 72 round in which he had five birdies and a bogeys on 5th and 18th also. He totaled 2 under 142 to be placed tied 50th.

Arjun Singh shot two under par 70 while Gagan jeet Bhullar, Mukesh Kumar and Rahul Ganapathy carded identical three under 69 to move into the money making round.

World number five Adam Scott, winner of the Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing in 2005, produced a second straight 68 to lie two off the pace in the US$2.5 million event.

World number 11 Vijay Singh of Fiji shot four under and with a total of 4 under 138 (70,78) was tied at 13th place.

However, it was the lesser-known Park who grabbed the spotlight by charging through the field with his 10-under-par 134 total.

The biggest surprise of the day however was first round leader Shamim Khan's failure to make the cut and his reign a the top of the leader board ended unceremoniously. He had a par 36 on the front nine but dropped four strokes including a double bogey on he 18th to end at four over 76 and with a total of one under 143 failed to move into the money making round.

Winner of the Indian Masters SSP Chowrasia flopped again. He missed the cut for the second time in less then ten days in an Asian and European tour's jointly sanctioned event.

The Kolkata pro missed the cut at SAIL Open last week and this afternoon again failed to cross to the money making round.

Chowrasia, who had a par 72 first round, shot one over 73 in the second, with three birdies and four bogeys, to end at one over 145.

Ashok Kumar was distinctly unlucky no to have made the cut.

Though he shot a creditable three under 69 this afternoon but his first round of seven over par 79 did him in. He finished with 4 over 148.

Vivek Bhandari had five over 77 second round to total 11 over 155 (78,77) wile Harmeet Kahlon shot a disastrous 10 over 82 to aggregate 11 over 155 (73,82). Vijay Kumar's 77 took his two round total to eight over 52 (75,77). C Muniyappa carded four over 76 and totaled 7 over 151.

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World number 11 Vijay Singh of Fiji shot four under and with a total of 4 under 138 (70,78) was tied at 13th place.

However, it was the lesser-known Park who grabbed the spotlight by charging through the field with his 10-under-par 134 total.

The biggest surprise of the day however was first round leader Shamim Khan's failure to make the cut and his reign a the top of the leader board ended unceremoniously. He had a par 36 on the front nine but dropped four strokes including a double bogey on he 18th to end at four over 76 and with a total of one under 143 failed to move into the money making round.

Winner of the Indian Masters SSP Chowrasia flopped again. He missed the cut for the second time in less then ten days in an Asian and European tour's jointly sanctioned event.

The Kolkata pro missed the cut at SAIL Open last week and this afternoon again failed to cross to the money making round.

Chowrasia, who had a par 72 first round, shot one over 73 in the second, with three birdies and four bogeys, to end at one over 145.

Ashok Kumar was distinctly unlucky no to have made the cut.

Though he shot a creditable three under 69 this afternoon but his first round of seven over par 79 did him in. He finished with 4 over 148.

Vivek Bhandari had five over 77 second round to total 11 over 155 (78,77) wile Harmeet Kahlon shot a disastrous 10 over 82 to aggregate 11 over 155 (73,82). Vijay Kumar's 77 took his two round total to eight over 52 (75,77). C Muniyappa carded four over 76 and totaled 7 over 151.

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World number 11 Vijay Singh of Fiji shot four under and with a total of 4 under 138 (70,78) was tied at 13th place.

However, it was the lesser-known Park who grabbed the spotlight by charging through the field with his 10-under-par 134 total.

The biggest surprise of the day however was first round leader Shamim Khan's failure to make the cut and his reign a the top of the leader board ended unceremoniously. He had a par 36 on the front nine but dropped four strokes including a double bogey on he 18th to end at four over 76 and with a total of one under 143 failed to move into the money making round.

Winner of the Indian Masters SSP Chowrasia flopped again. He missed the cut for the second time in less then ten days in an Asian and European tour's jointly sanctioned event.

The Kolkata pro missed the cut at SAIL Open last week and this afternoon again failed to cross to the money making round.

Chowrasia, who had a par 72 first round, shot one over 73 in the second, with three birdies and four bogeys, to end at one over 145.

Ashok Kumar was distinctly unlucky no to have made the cut.

Though he shot a creditable three under 69 this afternoon but his first round of seven over par 79 did him in. He finished with 4 over 148.

Vivek Bhandari had five over 77 second round to total 11 over 155 (78,77) wile Harmeet Kahlon shot a disastrous 10 over 82 to aggregate 11 over 155 (73,82). Vijay Kumar's 77 took his two round total to eight over 52 (75,77). C Muniyappa carded four over 76 and totaled 7 over 151.

UNI HSB AB RAI1908 .5 million event.

World number 11 Vijay Singh of Fiji shot four under and with a total of 4 under 138 (70,78) was tied at 13th place.

However, it was the lesser-known Park who grabbed the spotlight by charging through the field with his 10-under-par 134 total.

The biggest surprise of the day however was first round leader Shamim Khan's failure to make the cut and his reign a the top of the leader board ended unceremoniously. He had a par 36 on the front nine but dropped four strokes including a double bogey on he 18th to end at four over 76 and with a total of one under 143 failed to move into the money making round.

Winner of the Indian Masters SSP Chowrasia flopped again. He missed the cut for the second time in less then ten days in an Asian and European tour's jointly sanctioned event.

The Kolkata pro missed the cut at SAIL Open last week and this afternoon again failed to cross to the money making round.

Chowrasia, who had a par 72 first round, shot one over 73 in the second, with three birdies and four bogeys, to end at one over 145.

Ashok Kumar was distinctly unlucky no to have made the cut.

Though he shot a creditable three under 69 this afternoon but his first round of seven over par 79 did him in. He finished with 4 over 148.

Vivek Bhandari had five over 77 second round to total 11 over 155 (78,77) wile Harmeet Kahlon shot a disastrous 10 over 82 to aggregate 11 over 155 (73,82). Vijay Kumar's 77 took his two round total to eight over 52 (75,77). C Muniyappa carded four over 76 and totaled 7 over 151.

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