England’s Sam Walker sits just two shots behind the lead after the second round of the Kazakhstan Open following his five under par 67 at Zhailjau Golf Club.
Starting the day on three under par, four strokes behind the leaders, Walker made four birdies on the front nine and made two more gains on the back nine, recording his first bogey of the tournament on the par five 15th hole.
Going in search of his second win of the season, Walker is pleased to have given himself a chance ahead of the weekend’s third and fourth rounds.
“There are a lot of chances out there,” said Walker. “You have to stay patient, and if you knock some in you’ll be there or thereabouts.
“I’m a little disappointed, but I’ll take it. I missed a lot of putts out there today, but I’ve just had one bogey in 36 holes.
“That shows I’m playing steady, and I’ve made nine birdies. It’s there and I’ve got a chance over the weekend.”
Another golfer who has played himself into contention is Sweden’s Alexander Bjӧrk who carded the joint-lowest round of the morning session, a six under par 66.
He joins Walker on eight under par and is just two shots behind co-leaders Steven Brown and Ricardo Santos.
“I hit the ball better and felt more confident today,” he said. “I think I played better than my score in the first round and I was glad to make some more birdies today.
“I was hitting the ball really well and my birdie putts weren’t too long. I missed a few shots, but then I was hitting good chip shots and bunker shots.
“When I missed a shot, I was a lot better around the green. Instead of making bogey I saved par a few times. It was a good round.”
France’s Cyril Bouniol sits in solo second place after carding a five under par round of 67 which included four birdies and an eagle.