St Andrews: Shiv Kapur did well to jump 20 places to 56th with a two-under 70 in the second round while fellow Indian Himmat Rai (74) was way behind in 154th place in a field of 168 professionals at the Alfred Dunhill
Links Championships, here.
In the second round, Kapur played the Carnoustie course, while Rai was playing at the St. Andrews.
The pros play three rounds, one each at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns before the cut is applied. In the third round, Kapur tees up at Kingsbarns and Rai will play at Carnoustie.
Leading the field at the top was Branden Grace followed his European Tour record-equaling 60 at Kingsbarns with a 67 at St Andrews to take a five shot halfway lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Kapur bogeyed the second, but birdied the third and fifth to get to under par and then moved to two-under with a third birdie at 14th. He hit 13 fairways and four 12 greens in regulation, but missed out on a lot of birdie putts.
Two clear overnight, Grace, who has three European Tour titles already this season, bogeyed the fourth at the Home of Golf. However, he hit back with five birdies in the next six holes and added another at the last to reach 17-under par ahead of his third round at Carnoustie considered the toughest of the three courses used this week.
Swede Joel Sjöholm matched Grace’s 67 at St Andrews for a 12 under total to share second place with Thorbjørn Olesen, who completed a three-under par 69 at Carnoustie to go with his opening 63 over the Old Course.
When he putted for eagle on the 357 yard last Grace had a chance to match The European Tour's lowest-ever 36-hole total in relation to par, but he happily settled for a two-putt birdie and so the mark set by compatriot Ernie Els at the 2004 Heineken Classic in Australia still stands.
German Martin Kaymer, the man who sank the all-important putt for José María Olazábal’s side in Chicago, is doing best of the three returning heroes, but he is down in 56th place on three under - 14 strokes adrift.
Swede Peter Hanson is one further back, but Paul Lawrie is joint 129th on one over - and only the top 60 and ties survive the cut after tomorrow's third round.