SSP Chowrasia stayed within distance of his best finish of the year as he added a second round one-under 69 to be three shots off the lead at the halfway mark of the USB Hong Kong Open.
He was six-under 134 and three behind the quartet of leaders, including Liang Wen-chong, who were at 131, with 21 players within three shots of each other. Only five Indians stayed on for the weekend — Chowrasia (tied 12th), Jyoti Randhawa (tied 22nd at five-under 135), Shiv Kapur (tied 34th at four-under 136), Rahil Gangjee (tied 43rd at three-under 137) and Jeev Milkha Singh (tied 54th at two-under 138). The cut came at two-under 138 and the five missing it were Gaganjeet Bhullar, Gaurav Ghei, Anirban Lahiri, C Muniyappa and Digvijay Singh.
Chowrasia has not finished in the top-20 of the European Tour since his win in the Indian Masters in 2008. On that Tour, he had a tied fourth at the Singha Thailand Open.