Phuket, Thailand, May 14: Kartik Sharma, a left-hander with a lot of promise and a bunch of Top-10 finishes on his domestic Tour, shot a 67 on the heels of a 66 to give himself a shot at his first pro title at the Blue Canyon Classic on the Asian Development Tour. At 9-under Sharma is now T-2 with three others and is just one shot behind the leader, a Thai teenager Denwit Boriboonsub (66).
Kartik is tied second with Shahriffuddin Ariffin (69-64), Witchyapat SInsrang (67-66) and Swede Filip Lundell (66-67), who had a scary scooter accident on the eve of the tournament.
First round leader Udayan Mane after a brilliant 63 on first day shot even par 71 with three birdies and three bogeys. At a total of 8-under he is Tied-sixth alongside three other players.
Five of the eight Indians who teed up his week made the cut. M Dharma (66-71) at T-28, Yuvraj Sandhu (70-68) at T-37 and Yashas Chandra (68-71) at T-46 were the others to make the cut in Beautiful Thailand Swing event. The cut fell at 3-under.
Indians missing out on the cut were Divyanshu Bajaj (71-73), Karan Vasudeva (77-70) and Chiragh Kumar withdrew due to injury.
Denwit Boriboonsub, the 18-year-old from Pattaya has carded successive 66s on the stunning Lakes layout at the famous Phuket club to sit alone atop the Blue Canyon Classic leaderboard at -10.
It will be a tight final round with as many as 35 players within five strokes of Boriboonsub, who finished Tied-second behind compatriot Phachara Khongwatmai at the Laguna Phuket Championship on the Asian Tour in December. It propelled Boriboonsub inside the world’s top 500 for the first time.