Sandhu, Chawrasia tied for third place while Kapur shoots the 63rd course record

CHACHOENGSAO (THAILAND): Ajeetesh Sandhu & SSP Chawrasia identical carding four under 67 each to be tied third in the intermediate stage of the Thailand Open on Friday.

They were a shot from the leaders - Thai Pro Poom Pattaropong (65) & Thai amateur Natttaphat Harnchokchaiskul (70) who were eight under 134 years old.

Sandhu & Chawrasia were joined at seven-under by another Thai, Pro Meesawat (67) & Australian Andrew Martin (68).

Though Sandhu & Chawrasia were the best Indians on the leaderboard, the star performance came from Shiv Kapur, who after his disappointing 74 on first day carded his season-best round of eight-under 63 to rocket up to Tied-10th at five-under 137.

Its ampoule 63 was a new course record in the par 71 configuration.

Other Indians making the cut were S Chikkarangappa (70-70) in Tied-31st place, Viraj Madappa (70-71) in Tied-41st, while Jyoti Randhawa (71-72), Khalin Joshi (69-74) & Aadil Bedi (66-77) made the cut on the line in Tied-63rd place.

The midway cut was set at one above par 143 with 78 players, including three fans, advancing to the rounds of the weekend.

Rashid Khan (72-72), Himmat Rai (74-72), Abhijit Chadha (74-72), Aman Raj (75-72) & Jeev Milkha Singh (75-76) missed the cut.

Kapur speaking of his fine round, said, "It's been two different days for me it seems. I don't think I played that poorly yesterday. I just could not score because I couldn't hole a putt. I was struggling a bit & I hit it into the rough a lot yesterday but it didn't look as bad as my score of 74. I went back to reflect upon it."

I put quite well. It was very windy, so it was difficult to approach. But, yes, I got a good score. Fortunately, the wind was quite constant, so it wasn't affecting our minds too much. But yes, it was still difficult, Sandhu said.