Hyogo, Japan: Jet-lagged Indian golfer Shiv Kapur battled his way to a superb three-under 68 for a share of the eighth spot after the second round of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open here on Friday.
Kapur, who shot 67 in the first round, is now seven-under 135 for 36 holes.
Kapur is three shots behind leader 46-year-old veteran Hiroyuki Fujita (68), who after four birdies and one bogey in second round is at 10-under for two rounds at the Higashi Hirono Golf Club.
Three other Indians made the cut. Jeev Milkha Singh, who shot 67 on first day, had an even-par 71 with two birdies and two bogeys to be tied 25th at four-under.
SSP Chowrasia (67) and Chiragh Kumar (72) also ensured weekend action at one-under and tied 59th for two rounds.
The cut came at one-under 141 and 72 players made it. Chowrasia rode on an amazing streak of four birdies from 12th to 15th to ensure he made the cut after a first round 74.
Missing the cut were Himmat Rai (75-69), Digvijay Singh (75-69) and Jyoti Randhawa (72-72), Anirban Lahiri (72-74) and last week's winner, Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-79).
Kapur birdied the second, sixth, 12th and 14th and his sole mistake of the day was a bogey on the 10th. He is tied with three other Japanese players.
Kapur, who flew in from Italy on Tuesday for the tournament, said, "It is pretty good except for the fact that I haven't had much sleep in the last couple of days. I came straight from the Italian Open and I'm a bit jet lagged.
"I got two hours of sleep last night so I didn't have much energy out there and wasn't hitting the ball the way I like."
"I didn't have my 'A-Game'. It was probably a 'B' off the tees but I was sharp on the greens. Every time I seem to miss the greens, I get an up-and-down and that sort of took the pressure off the round. I think that was basically the story of the day."
Kapur said he is feeling tired after all the travelling in the past few weeks.
"This is my fifth week in a row and I'm feeling a little bit of fatigue. Obviously playing early like this gives me some time to recover. I'll do some practice later and get a lot of sleep," he said.
Kapur also felt he was aided by the conditions in the morning.
"I took advantage of the calm morning conditions. Obviously there's a lot of low scoring out there so I need to go lower in the weekend as well. The course set-up is tough but fair. You hit good shots you get rewarded and if you hit bad shots you will get severely penalized.
On the plans for the weekend, he said, "Obviously you want to win in any tournament. I would like to go out and play well during the weekend and give myself a chance on Sunday. The key on this course is around the greens and I seem to have that touch in the last two days so hopefully I can keep that 'Midas' touch.
Overnight leader Yuta Ikeda, who shot an opening round 62, slipped back with a 76 for tied 24th place with Jeev Milkha Singh of India and Thai duo Prayad Marksaeng and Chinnarat Phadungsil.
Darren Beck of Australia fired a superb six-under-par 65 and was placed second alongside Juvic Pagunsan (67) and Koumei Oda (69) at the 150 million Yen (approximately USD 1.9 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.