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Shiv makes cut, lying tied 24th

It was not as big a day for Shiv Kapur but he was the only Indian to make the cut at five-under on the second day at the Johnnie Walker Classic golf tournament.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 22:26 IST

It was not as big a day for India's Shiv Kapur but he was the only Indian to make the cut at five-under on the second day at the Johnnie Walker Classic golf tournament on Friday.

From 11th, he dropped to tied 24th place after adding a 71 to his opening 68. While he was disappointed with a stuttering finish with one double bogey and a bogey, his playing partner Fred Couples, the 1992 Masters winner, predicted a rosy future for the 23-year-old.

"Shiv knows how to play golf," said Couples. "He's got his future ahead of him. I like his temperament. He hits the ball really solid. He's not long, he's not short. He's like Justin Leonard. He is really, really good. I like the way he plays. I think he will do really well," he said adding that the Indian will eventually play his way into the US PGA Tour.

Korea's Choi Kyung-ju charged into a two-shot halfway lead as he took a giant step towards delivering Asia's first winner in the prestigious tournament.

India's other two players, Gaurav Ghei (72-74) and Jeev Milkha Singh (73-78) missed the cut which came at one-under.

The man known better as KJ Choi of Korea fired a blemish-free six-under-par 66 in the second round on a sun-kissed Vines Resort and Country Club and leads on 13-under-par 131 from overnight co-leader Kevin Stadler of the United States, who birdied his last for a 69.

A further two shots back are a trio of Australians, title-holder Adam Scott, Tony Carolan and left-hander Richard Green, enjoying a rich vein of form after finishing third in Dubai last week.

First Published: Feb 10, 2006 22:26 IST