Shiv Kapur put himself in contention for his maiden European Tour title after jumping into joint lead with a steady two-under 68 in the second round of the KLM Open golf tournament here.
Overnight joint third, Kapur slotted in three birdies against a lone bogey in a fine performance to total eight-under 132 and share the lead with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts (70).
"I thought I played quite well yesterday and was keen to bring this form into today's play. If I can carry this form into the next two days then I will be in a good position for a strong finish," Kapur said after the round.
Kapur's only professional triumph has come at the 2005 Volvo Masters of Asia. The Delhi-pro has been in good form after the mid-season break and was leading at one stage in the Czech Open last month.
Among other Indians, Jeev Milkha Singh was tied for the sixth spot after returning a brilliant five-under 65, which included six birdies against a bogey, in the second round.
Jeev's overall total stood at six-under 134.
However, it was curtains for Jyoti Randhawa, who missed the cut despite an improved card of two-under 68, which comprised four birdies and two bogeys.
Randhawa, who turned in a 74 in the opening round, finished with a total of two-over 142.
Bhullar tied 4th after Rd3
Singapore: Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar remained in the hunt for a strong finish although he slipped a couple of rungs to tied fourth after returning a modest two-under 70 in the third and penultimate round of the $400,000 Handa Singapore Classic on Saturday.
Bhullar, a two-time Asian Tour champion, has a total of 14-under 202 and is six strokes behind leader Peter Karmis (70) of South Africa.
He rued poor iron play as he closed with three birdies against one bogey on Saturday. “To be honest I didn't hit the ball that close. I didn't hit many balls on the green in regulation and the balls which I hit close wasn't birdie opportunities," he said.
"I could have been much better but I guess Peter has played well again. He deserves to be there," added Bhullar.
SSP Chowrasia was the nest best-placed Indian tied 12th after 71 in the third round took his overall score to 12-under 204.
Himmat Rai (69) was tied 36th with a total of nine-under 207, while a stroke a adrift was Anirban Lahiri (73) at the tied 45th spot.
C Muniyappa signed a disappointing card of 74 to share the 56th position.