Both players have posted scores of 68-70 to be 4-under at the Sentosa GC layout, three off the lead being held by Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat but with half the field yet to complete their second rounds.
Among those with holes left to play is tournament drawcard and overnight co-leader Sergio Garcia who is 1-under through eight holes of his second round and one off the pace.
Fellow major winner and overnight co-leader Louis Oosthuizen struggled on day two and with a double bogey and two bogeys on his card signed for a 1-over 72 which saw him slip down the standings.
Marcus Fraser, Todd Sinnott, Marcus Both, Scott Strange and Adam Bland are the only other Australians to have completed 36 holes but with the exception of Fraser (even par) all are outside the projected 1-over cut line.
David Bransdon and Matt Griffin are both in red figures with eight and 12 holes to play respectively while Brendan Jones is at even par and Terry Pilkadaris 1-over for the tournament through three and four holes respectively.
Leader Nirat was bogey free in his 7-under 64 and moved 55 places up the leaderboard after opening with an even par 71 Thursday.
“To finish the round seven-under-par was beyond my expectation,” he said afterwards.
“Before coming to this tournament, I tried to adjust and fix my swing flaws with my coach.
“Today, I was attempting to play the same way as I did during practice and follow my coach’s advice.
“For this tournament, I didn’t think too much and I didn’t set any target. I’m just enjoying the experience and trying to get used to my new golf swing as well as getting a better swing rhythm.”
The threat of lightning forced players form the course for the second straight day shortly before 5pm with 78 golfers yet to complete their second rounds.
They will return to the course at 7.40am local time with the third round expected to begin shortly before 1pm.
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