Jeev gives himself a chance to qualify for British Open golf

July 12th, 2008 - 4:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Loch Lomond (Scotland), July 12 (IANS) India’s Jeev Milkha Singh gave himself a last chance to qualify for the British Open as he added a second four-under 68 to total six-under 136 and place himself in tied eighth place at the midway stage of the Barclay’s Scottish Open golf tournament. Jeev, winner of the Austria Open this season, is just three shots behind the leader Angel Cabrera (68) of Argentina here Friday.

The 2007 US Open winner Cabrera shot a bogey-free 65 in the first and is now nine-under 133 for two rounds.

Meanwhile, Shiv Kapur, S.S.P.Chowrasia and Daniel Chopra missed the halfway cut. Chowrasia (72, 70) was tied 82nd at even par, while Kapur (71, 72) was one-over and tied 91st, while Chopra (76, 74), winner on PGA Tour this year, was eight-over and 148th.

Jeev put himself in this position despite the putter letting him down badly at the Loch Lomond Golf Club. If Jeev finishes as the highest non-exempt player in top-five he will make the grade for British Open next week.

Jeev found 12 of the 14 fairway and then 16 of the 18 greens in regulation, he still needed 32 putts, which was four worse than 28 in first round.

“The putts just didn’t fall. I had a bunch of birdie chances, but had 14 two-putts and just four single putts,” said Jeev.

Five players were tied for third at seven-under with the players being Thomas Bj

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