Indian trio in Top 20 after second round at Mercuries Taiwan Masters

Four-way tie for halfway lead. Shiv Kapur at T9, Bhullar and Jeev at T16 after second round at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

Shiv Kapur shot 68 in the second round of the Royal Cup

Sep 28, 2018: Five Indians, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Jeev Milkha Singh, S.S.P. Chawrasia and Shubhankar Sharma make the cut after second round at the wind-swept Mercuries Taiwan Masters on Friday.

Three out of five, Shiv Kapur, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jeev Milkha Singh were sharing the spot with in top twenty spots of the leaderboard.

Shiv Kapur added one-over-par 73 to his first round 71 and lying at T9. with par 144 total. Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jeev Milkha Singh shot 73 and 74 respectively to share the place at T16.

S.S.P. Chawrasia had a rough day in the second round to card four-over-par 76. He is lying at T24 after adding 76 to his first round two-under-par 70. Arjuna Awardee, Shubhankar Sharma make the cut by carding similar two-over-par 74 equalling his first round score and lying at T46.

Adilson Da Silva of Brazil renewed his love affair with the Tamsui course after carding a two-under-par 70 to grab a share of the halfway lead.

Silva, who holds an impeccable track record in the storied event, fired four birdies against two bogeys under blustery conditions to take his place atop the leaderboard alongside Australian Maverick Antcliff (72), South African Justin Harding (73) and Lionel Weber (73) of France.

The quartet leads by one shot on three-under-par 141 total in the US$850,000 Asian Tour event held at its traditional home at the fabled Taiwan Golf and Country Club, which is celebrating its centennial year in 2018.

Korea’s Heungchol Joo produced the highlight of the day when he stuck an ace on the par-three eighth hole after hitting a four-iron from 172 metres. It was the second time he sank a hole-in-one during a professional tournament.

Local veterans Lin Wen-tang and Tsai Chi-huang signed for respective rounds of 72 and 71 to share fifth place with Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond (72) at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters, which is celebrating its 32nd edition this week.

The halfway cut was set at four-over-par 148 with a total of 53 players, including one local amateur, advancing to the next two rounds.

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