Manila: Indian golfer Himmat Rai cracked a fine four-under 67 to move inside top-10 at the midway stage of the Aboitiz Invitational golf tournament here today.
Rai, a former winner on Asian Tour, is now six-under 136 for 36 holes. He is now tied eighth and is five strokes behind the leader.
Former Asian Tour number one Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines fired a flawless nine-under 62 to charge into the second round lead.
The smooth-swinging Pagunsan reeled in nine birdies for his career lowest round. He leads by one shot on 11-under total of 131 at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club, Legends course.
Thailand's Pijit Petchkasem, who held a share of the overnight lead, registered a second straight 66 to take second place while local duo Zanie Boy Gialon and Angelo Que shared third on 133 following rounds of 63 and 67 respectively at the Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Janne Kaske of Finland stayed a further shot back in fifth place on his own while Japan's Masaru Takahashi (69) and Australian Paul Donahoo (66) are tied in sixth on 135.
Pagunsan, who won the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2011, turned in 32 before romping home in 30 with birdies on holes 10, 13, 14, 17 and 18.
A total of 54 players made the halfway cut which was set at even-par 142.