With conditions continuing to be tough on the second day,only two Indians Rahil Gangjee (73-74) and Shiv Kapur (73-76) made the cut for weekend at the US$600,000 Mercuries Taiwan Masters. Gangjee,who came in through the Qualifying School at the start of the season,is now three-over 147 and in tied 17th place,while Kapur at five-over 149 is tied 39th. With the starting field of 132,only the top-50 and ties made the cut with 51 going through for weekend action.
Sam Cyr of the United States returned with a three-under-par 69 to snatch the second round lead from Australia’s Scott Hend on Friday. Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-76),Himmat Rai (76-74),Anirban Lahiri (79-72),Ajeetesh Sandhu (76-78),Sujjan Singh (82-72) and C Muniyappa (81-79) missed the cut.Gangjee seemed to be going great guns as he was two-under through 11 holes with three birdies and just one bogey. But four bogeys in a row from 12th to 15th set him back and he ended with a card of two-over 74. Kapur,starting on the tenth,struggled through the stretch with one birdie,two bogeys and a treble on 18th. But he parred the remaining nine,the front stretch of the course and carded 76. Cyr,who finished tied-ninth in last years edition,was clearly determined to do better as he compiled a two-day total of five-under-par 139 to take a two-shot advantage over Hend,who had earlier grabbed the clubhouse lead with his 72.