Miyazato leads Rd 2 of Leopalace21 Myanmar Open

Yusaku Miyazato of Japan leading Rd 2. India's Shiv Kapur and Shubhankar Sharma placed in top 20 at T12, and T18 after second round of Myanmar Open.

Yusaku Miyazato of Japan

Jan 27, 2017: Yusaku Miyazato of Japan fired a seven-under-par 64 to seize the early lead in the on-going second round at the US$750,000 Leopalace21 Myanmar Open on Friday. India’s Shiv Kapur and Shubhankar reached the halfway stage in T12 and T18 respectively.

The 36-year-old Miyazato remains bogey-free after 36 holes as he leads on 11-under-par 131, three shots ahead of Keith Horne of South Africa at the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour.

Shiv Kapur added one-under-70 to his first round 67 to finish the day just outside the top ten.

He scored 3 birdies at the 4th, 9th and 14th holes. Shiv conceded shots at the 13th and 17th to finish in T12 at a 36 hole total of five-under-137.

Shubhankar Sharma made a massive 21 spot jump, climbing to T18 from being 39th overnight. 

Sharma fired 4 birdies with his only bogey coming at the 18th hole. Shubhankar scored three-under-68 to end the day tied in 18th place with a 36 hole score of four-under 138. 

Miguel Tabuena of the Philippines posted a 69 to tie in third place alongside Masahiro Kawamura, who shot a solid 65 to trail the leader by five shots at the Pun Hlaing Golf Club.

Miyazato, who is the older brother to LPGA player Ai, enjoyed a return to form after missing the cut in his last two appearances in the United States and Singapore.

He hopes to continue his consistent run where he has yet to drop a shot after two rounds.

Horne, an Asian Tour regular, stayed within touching distance of the leader when he birdied three in his opening five holes.

The 45-year-old South African veteran is searching for his first victory on the Asian Tour after playing in 136 tournaments in the region since 2003.


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