Queenstown, New Zealand, March 2: Shiv Kapur made a fine upward move on the moving day with a five-under 67 that put him in line for a good finish at the 100th New Zealand Open in Queenstown.
Kapur, who won three times in 2017, the year he had his daughter, has brought along his family to the event, which follows a holiday. The relaxed feeling showed as he shot six birdies against one bogey and took him to nine-under and Tied-17th, up from T-26th overnight.
S Chikkarangappa (68) moved one place up to Tied-25th after being tied with Kapur overnight. The third Indian, Ajeetesh Sandhu shot two-under 70 and is placed Tied-42th.
Australian Zach Murray (70), who began the second day with a five-shot lead, is now 17-under as his lead come down to one with Kiwi Josh Geary (63) at 16-under.
Kapur birdied first, third and ninth to turn in three-under and added a fourth on 12th to make it four-under. A bogey on 13th set him back before back-to-back gains on 15th and 16th saw him close the day at five-under and put him in with a chance of a good finish.
Chikka was very aggressive with seven birdies against three bogeys in his 68.
Geary set the clubhouse lead at 16-under and then standing on the 18th tee, Murray was tied with Geary. But Murray gave his driver a ‘kiss’ and smashed his tee shot superbly down the fairway and went on to make a birdie and get sole lead.
Geary, starting eight behind Murray, was superb with his approach play as he collected a nine-under 63 including an eagle on the 340m par-4 15th. He had his birdies in pairs or better. He birdied first and second and then fifth and sixth followed by three in a row from ninth. He dropped a shot on 12th, but had birdie-eagle on 14th and 15th for 63.
Kiwi Harry Bateman (67) is three shots off the lead in Tied- third with Japan’s Ryuko Tokimatsu (68) and Kodai Ichihara (67).