Singapore: Shiv Kapur underlined his growing maturity with a fighting two-under 69 that put him in tied sixth in the Barclays Singapore Open at the Serapong Golf Club in Sentosa Island.

Kapur finds himself at the same score as defending champion and World No. six Adam Scott, just three behind joint-leaders Ernie Els (65) and Scott Strange (69) at the midway stage of the event regarded as the `Asian Major'.

Kapur also had bit of a scare on 12th.

``While searching for my ball in the rough I touched the ball but it did not move. I called two referees but there was no penalty as I did not improve my lie and I touched it unintentionally,'' said Kapur.

Three Indians positioned themselves in the top-10 and a total of six made the cut at the event with $three million at stake.

Jyoti Randhawa (73) and Arjun Singh (67) were tied 10th at one-under 141 and S.S.P. Chowrasia shot an even par 71 to be one-over 143 and tied 27th.

Gaurav Ghei (71) was tied 41st and Jeev Milkha Singh, leader on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, survived a disastrous round of 76 with four bogeys in last five holes and at five-over, endured an agonising wait before finding out that he still had work over the weekend.

Johl withdraws

Missing the cut were Rahil Gangjee (77, 74), Digvijay Singh (77, 74), Uttam Singh Mundy (77, 74), Harmeet Kahlon (73, 79) and Gurbaaz Mann (73, 88). Amandeep Johl withdrew in the morning with a severe backache.

Jeev Milkha had a rough day with nothing going right. ``Every time I missed the green I ended dropping a shot. The three-putts on first and eighth did not help either. It was generally a bad day,'' he said.

Leading scores: 136: Ernie Els (71, 65) and Scott Strange (67, 69); 137: Angel Cabrera (69, 68); 138: Shingo Katayama (69, 69) and Brad Kennedy (71, 67); 139: Adam Scott (70, 69), Chapchai Nirat (71, 68), Shiv Kapur (70, 69); 140: Chan Song (73, 67); 141: Arjun Singh (74, 67), Christopher Joseph (69, 72), Anthony Kang (70, 71), Mardan Mamat (72, 69), Nick O'Hern (69, 72), Jyoti Randhawa (68, 73), Unho Park (72, 69), Edward Loar (73, 68), Liang Wen-Chong (73, 68). PTI

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