Kuala Lumpur: Jeev Milkha Singh played a steady round, mirroring his first round of two-under 69, but still slipped a few places at the halfway stage of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic here.
The Chandigarh golfer moved to four-under for 36 holes, and was tied 28th in the elite field of 48 in the USD 6.1 million event, jointly sanctioned by the Asian and PGA Tours at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.
The man holding the spotlight on the second day was American Jeff Overton, who after missing out on the event last year, became a last-minute entrant this year.
He shot 67 on the first day and followed it up with a stunning course record nine-under 62, to share the lead with Swede Fredrik Jacobson (65,64) at 13-under 129.
Another Indian golfer SSP Chowrasia, current leader on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, shot an even-par 71, but was tied for 46th with former US Open champion Agnel Cabrera of Argentina.
The 40-year-old Jeev, who is coming off a two-week forced lay-off to a back injury, parred his first 11 holes, before finding back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th.
A third birdie on the 16th saw him go three-under for the day, but a ruined second shot on the 18th cost him a stroke and he ended with a bogey for a round of 69.
"I'm quite disappointed. I think I could have easily finished on four-under. The putter let me down. I had a lot of good putts but some were not up to the mark. I had one bogey and that was on the last. I'm hitting it a lot better. I just need to work on the short game," Jeev said.
Talking about his chances of a good finish, Jeev said, "I need a good day tomorrow to get myself in good position and be aggressive on the last day. I'm going to go out there and do the same thing and hopefully my putts drop to put a good number on the board. I'm going straight to the practice green after lunch."
Overton, member of US Ryder Cup team last year, arrived for the event only on Tuesday evening after making a late dash to the Mines Resort following the withdrawal of David Duval.
With new Cleveland irons in his golf bag, which caused him some anxieties as it arrived a day late, Overton was in imperious form to shoot seven birdies and a glorious eagle on the par four 15th hole to lead at 13-under 129 with Jacobson.
"A couple of weeks ago, I changed clubs. My golf has just improved so much. I finished sixth basically the first week I used them, at the McGladrey Classic. I was hitting it really good but kind of struggled with my putter."
"Today, everything just clicked. I think I made one putt outside eight feet. I was hitting everything stone cold, and it was a lot of fun," said Overton.
Overton, who is searching for his first career win, struggled in the heat with jetlag hitting him as well.
"On the first hole, I told my caddie I didn't think I was going to make it. I'm still a little jet-lagged. I woke up at 3 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep. So, really, it's almost like being up forever," said Overton.
Overton also bettered Robert Allenby's one-day old course record equaling 63 on the first day. He shared the lead with Jacobson at 13-under after two days and Bo Van Pelt (66-64) is alone in third at 12-under.
Mark Wilson (67-66), Stewart Cink (67-66), Jimmy Walker (66-67) and Jhonattan Vegas (64-69) share the fourth place at nine-under.
Local man Danny Chia was the top Asian at tied 13th following a fine round of 65 that put him at six-under 136 after a first round 71. He shared the 13th place with Vijay Singh (64) and Thai Chinnarat Phadungsil (66) among others.
Overnight runaway leader, Robert Allenby (72) went one-over and slipped to tied ninth at seven-under 135 with Colombian Camilo Villegas (66), Carl Pettersen (67) and Jerry Kelly (66).