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Gaganjeet Bhullar zooms into lead at Thailand Open

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Bangkok -- India's Gaganjeet Bhullar carded five-under 66 to grab a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the Thailand Open, while Jeeva Milkha Singh also impressed with eight-under 63.

Bhullar, twice a winner on the Asian Tour last year, and young Thai Rattanon Wannasrichan shared the lead at 11-under 131 after the second round.

Jeev, who last won in 2012, and is a two-time winner of Asian Tour order of Merit, admitted he did not even remember when he last shot a 63, as he had eight birdies against no bogeys. Jeev is currently Tied-fifth at eight-under 134, and three shots behind Bhullar.

Another Indian doing well is Shiv Kapur, winner of the Asian Tour event last month in Taiwan. Kapur added a four- under 67 to his first round 70 to be five-under 137 and Tied- 23rd.

Of the other 10 Indians in the fray, Shankar Das (71-67) was Tied-30th, rookie Arjun Prasad (70-69) was T-38th, while four others - Khalin Joshi (70-70), Himmat Rai (69-71), Chiragh Kumar (71-69) and Shubankar Sharma (72-68) - were all Tied-50th at two-under.

Scraping under the cut line was also S Chikkarangappa (72-69) in T-66th, but Sujjan Singh, Rahil Gangjee and Honey Baisoya missed the cut.

Starting the day with a three-shot deficit, the 29-year- old Bhullar traded six birdies against one bogey to move atop the leaderboard with overnight co-leader Rattanon, who battled to a 69, on 11-under 131 total at the scenic Thai Country Club.

"I pretty much played the same way like I played yesterday. I gave myself a lot of birdie opportunities," Bhullar said.

"I made six birdies yesterday and six birdies today. I just made one mistake on the eighth hole today and that's about it.

"I hit more greens in regulation yesterday and I missed a few today. It wasn't as windy today. It was pretty calm out there. I had quite a few good birdies. I got off to a good start with a birdie on the first."

Jeev, on his part, said he was hoping to improve on his own performance.

"I tried something new this week. I have been struggling with my driver. I started to ground the driver after I won the Scottish Open in 2012. Before that, I used to have it up in the air before hitting the ball," Jeev said.

"I gave it some thoughts this week and I decided to switch back to how I used to play. To my surprise, I am driving the ball a lot better now. It has given me a lot of confidence. Other than that, I am hitting my irons good and my short game is alright."