Kapur misses cut in Spain

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2011, 19:20 PM IST

Andalucia (Spain): Shiv Kapur had a nightmarish back nine as he crashed out of Andalucia Masters on the European Tour here at Club de Golf Valderrama on Saturday.

Kapur, who was going fine at five-over for the tournament at the turn in a tough scoring week, suddenly dropped four bogeys and a double bogey to balloon to a 42 on back nine and 10-over for the week. The cut came at seven-over.

On the front nine, Kapur seemed to have recovered from back-to-back bogeys on eighth and ninth after one birdie and two bogeys in first four holes.

Overnight leader Richie Ramsay hung in with a one-over 72 with two birdies and three bogeys to maintain a two shot advantage at the midway stage.

Ramsay`s 65 and 72 placed him at five-under for 36 holes and one ahead of 2010 US Open runner-up Gregory Havret of France. The biggest challenge for Ramsay could be Sergio Garcia, who is on a roll.

Winner last week, Garcia shot a second successive 70 and three off the pace. He has been the runner-up three times at this event and no Spaniard has won a Tour event at Valderamma, so Garcia has a lot to look forward to apart from a second straight win.

Garcia needs to win to qualify for the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai next week.

Havret (68-71) had a seven on his card for the second day running. After double-bogeying the long fourth in his opening 68 he lost his drive at the 547 yard 11th. Birdies at the next two repaired the damage and he carded 71 and is now three-under for two days.

Miguel Angel Jimenez has four bogeys between fifth and ninth, but he made up with two birdies and an eagle and no bogeys on back nine and ended the day with a card of 70 and a total of one-under in fourth place.

Thomas Bjorn (73-70) is also in the running for his fourth win of the season and is tied sixth at one-over.

PTI