Shiv Kapur continued his fine form and carded a steady three-under 68 in the second round that put him in tied sixth place but two other Indian golfers missed the cut at the halfway stage of the BMW International here.
Kapur,with a total of eight-under 134,is now three behind leader Joel Sjoholm of Sweden,whose rounds of 67 and 66 gave him a total of 11-under at the top.
But the two other Indians in the field,Jeev Milkha Singh (72-72) and SSP Chowrasia (75-69) missed the cut as they finished tied 71st for two rounds.
“If I keep the putting the way I am and I keep hitting the fairways and greens I am fine. I feel I have good speed of the greens this week. I changed drivers from yesterday. I hit a few more fairways,” said Kapur.
“Pars are good scores and any birdies are a bonus. The 20-foot par almost dropped on the last. It is not often that you stand on a 20-foot putt and expect it to fall,but today I did. It almost dropped. Still,it is a marathon not a sprint. Now the real business end of the tournament begins. I need to keep the same spirit and same attitude to keep going.
“I wanted to keep the mistakes off the card. The ninth and 18th are tough holes. Starting out,I knew it was going to be tough,but golf is a bit greedy,you just keep wanting more,” he added.
The 27-year-old Chilean-born Sjoholm,adopted by a Swedish couple when three months old,eagled both the 577-yard 16th and 546-yard third hole for a superb six-under round in the windy conditions here.
He was two clear of overnight joint-leader Fabrizio Zanotti,former Ryder Cup star Paul McGinley and English pair Danny Willett and Chris Wood.
Local favourite Martin Kaymer,the highest-ranked player in the field,missed the cut,but 54-year-old compatriot Bernhard Langer shot 67 and at five under is not out of the hunt yet.