Americans Still in the Hunt in Thailand


BANGKOK, Thailand -- Asian Tour rookie Shiv Kapur of India shot a 5-under-par 67 Friday to take a one stroke lead after two rounds of the Volvo Masters of Asia.
Kapur, the overnight co-leader, overcame three bogies to finish at 11-under 133. Countryman Jyoti Randhawa followed, shooting a 64 for a 134 total.
Australian Marcus Both (66) finished third.
'I am pretty happy. Any time you start off with a bogey you are on the back foot and I came back pretty well.' Kapur said. 'I probably did not hit as well today as I did yesterday but I managed to post a pretty good score.'
Randhawa also started with a bogey, but wound up with nine birdies.
'I said to myself 'what are you doing, you have to put in a good number today.',' he said. 'That got me going and I knew what I had to do I steadied from there,'
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee's quest for a record third Order of Merit title was in jeopardy after carding a 71 for a share of 16th place at 141. Thongchai must finish no lower than second if he is to keep compatriot Thaworn Wiratchant from his first career title.
Australians Andrew Buckle (71) and Adam Fraser (69) shared fourth place with 7-under 137.
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