On a day, when Hong Kong experienced a minor tremor, Jeev Milkha Singh added a three-under 67 to his first day 63 to move within three shots of the leader, Ian Poulter at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Friday. Poulter rumbled to a magnificent 10-under-par 60 for a one-shot second round lead over Anthony Kang of the United States, who fired an equally impressive 61.
Three Indians made the cut and Jeev led them into the weekend with a performance of 10-under 130 and he was tied for fifth. Other Indians making the cut were Gaganjeet Bhullar (68-68) at four-under 136 in tied 33rd place, SSP Chowrasia (68-69) at three-under 137 in tied 46th place.
Anirban Lahiri (67-72), Shiv Kapur (69-71), Jyoti Randhawa (68-74), Himmat Rai (71-74), Digvijay Singh (75-70) and C Muniyappa (73-75) missed the cut. Jeev, battling tendinitis in his right shoulder, turned in 31 but took his foot off the pedal with three bogeys on his inward nine. He said he got ahead of himself, especially, with a bogey on the par five third hole.
“When you put yourself in a good position like this, I think it gives you a lot of confidence and I think I'm feeling pretty good about it,” Jeev added. “I think the back nine is the easier nine, and started off really well.