Flu-hit Kapur uses birdies as boosters to race to the top

February 29th, 2008 - 9:14 pm ICT by admin  

By V. Krishnaswamy
Gurgaon, Feb 29 (IANS) Birdies acted as ‘energy boosters’ for flu-hit Shiv Kapur as he put to good use a tip from India’s amateur champion of yesteryears Vikramjit Singh and shot a flawless seven-under 65 to rocket up the leaderboard into the tied first at 10-under at the midway stage of the Johnnie Walker Classic Friday. Kapur with 134 shared the top spot with Korea-born, Singapore-based Australian Unho Park (66). And the duo was one ahead of former Asia No.1 Jyoti Randhawa (65) and Tiger Woods-fan Taichiro Kiyota (67), who were tied for third.

Jeev Milkha Singh (70) managed to salvage a round that seemed to be slipping away with two birdies on last two holes to be six-under 138 in tied 13th place, while Rahil Gangjee (71) blew a brilliant start of four-under through eight holes to be five-under 139 at shared 19th place along with Arjun Singh (70).

Confirming the growing strength of Indian golf, as many as 11 of the 18 Indians who started the week will continue to battle into the weekend. The others still on course were Digvijay Singh (70) at four-under 140 in tied 28th, Gaganjeet Bhullar (69) and Arjun Atwal (72) at three-under 141 in tied 40th place, Mukesh Kumar (69), Rahul Ganapathy (69) and Gaurav Ghei (70) at two-under 142 in tied 48th place.

Beware the wounded Tiger, goes the old clich

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