Gaganjeet Bhullar was the best Indian despite a sharp fall in the second round of China Open golf in Beijing on Friday.(Getty Images)
Gaganjeet Bhullar was the best Indian despite a sharp fall in the second round of China Open golf in Beijing on Friday.(Getty Images)

Shiv Kapur shoots 68, but Gaganjeet Bhullar best Indian in China Open golf

Gaganjeet Bhullar, who was in Top-10 at the end of the first day of China Open golf, shot even par 72 with four birdies against four bogeys and at four-under for 36 holes, he is T-22nd.
PTI, Beijing | By PTI
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2018 10:49 PM IST

Gaganjeet Bhullar stayed as the best Indian despite a sharp fall in the second round, while Shiv Kapur shot the best round among his compatriots with a bogey free 68 at the China Open golf on Friday.

Bhullar, who was in Top-10 at the end of the first day, shot even par 72 with four birdies against four bogeys and at four-under for 36 holes, he is T-22nd.

Kapur (68) made up for his first round 73 and at three-under he is now T-35 alongside Shubhankar Sharma (69-72) and Arjun Atwal (69-72). Khalin Joshi (71-71) at T-50th was the fifth Indian to make the cut.

Ajeetesh Sandhu (72-76), SSP Chawrasia (75-75) and Jeev Milkha Singh (77-77) missed the cut, which fell at one-under 143.

Meanwhile, Matt Wallace of England signed for a battling two-under-par 70 to seize a one-shot lead at the halfway stage.

The 28-year-old Wallace, who won the Hero Indian Open for a breakthrough win last month, opened his campaign with a 65, moved atop the leaderboard after closing with a brilliant birdie, thanks to his caddy’s advice to pace himself on the par-five 18th hole, at the Topwin Golf and Country Club.

Wallace traded one birdie against a bogey before soaring with an eagle on the par-five eighth hole to turn in 34. He reeled in six straight pars before dropping a shot on 17 which he would eventually gain it back on the last.

Kim, who enjoyed top-10 finishes in his last two starts on Tour, continued his fine form to sign for a 66, grabbing a share of second place with Australia’s Jason Scrivener and Nacho Elvira of Spain in the USD 3.17 million event.

Soomin Lee of Korea reckoned the feel-good factor from his breakthrough win in the Middle Kingdom two years ago has stood in his favour as he put himself in the title mix after carding a 69. He sits two shots off the pace in fifth on 137 alongside three other players.

A total of 69 players made the halfway cut set at one-under-par 143 at the 24th edition of the Volvo China Open, tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and the China Golf Association.

Overnight leader Daxing Jin of China slipped to tied-22nd position following a disappointing 76. He is amongst the six local players, including Haotong Li and Ashun Wu, to progress into the weekend rounds in their National Open.

Wallace sits in a current second place on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings, which is led by Sharma of India.

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