Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa combined superbly to birdie each of the five par-fives and bring home a four-under 68 that kept them in the hunt for a finish in top-five of the Omega Mission Hills World Cup golf at the Jose Olazabal course here on Friday.
On the course which has five each of par-fives and par-threes on the par-72 layout besides the usual eight par fours, the Indian pair, who was unable to play a practice round together because of a delay in Randhawa's visa, is now nine-under for two days and in tied seventh place.
It was a considerable move up from overnight tied 15th by the two players, who promised that they would not apologise to the other for any bad shot.
The Indians are still nine shots behind the runaway leaders, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who followed up their sensational 58 on the first day with a 68 on the second to go 18-under.
The Irish duo is three shots clear of defending champions, Sweden, for whom Robert Karlsson and Henrik Stenson are doing duty once again.
The Indians mirrored their first-round card for the first seven holes — a bogey on second was followed by birdies on par-5 third and seventh.
Another birdie on par-5 ninth meant they turned in three-under. On the back nine, they found another birdie on 11th, but dropped shots on 12th and 14th.
Just when it seemed they might fall back, they struck a purple patch with three birdies in the last four holes for a 68.
Interestingly, the Swedes have not dropped a single bogey in 36 holes and have missed a birdie on just one par-five over two days.
Leaders Ireland have had a mixed bag with five birdies, an eagle, a bogey and a double bogey in their 68 on the second day. “We're pretty pleased with the way we played today. We combined really well. We left a few shots out there but that's part of the game. We played the par-fives really well, making birdies on all of them.
“We're going all out tomorrow when we revert to the four-balls as I think both of us are playing really well and we are looking forward to a low one tomorrow,” said Jeev.