ANTONIO LASCUNA came up with a second straight 68 to gain a share of third spot, two strokes off new leader Daniel Chopra, after the second round of the Iskandar Johor Open on Saturday in Malaysia.
Lascuna, who started the round tied for 12th, had three birdies and a bogey on the back nine to reach the turn at two-under then made two birdies in a bogey-free front nine for an eight-under 136 total.
That was two strokes behind Sweden’s Chopra, who had a 66 after an opening 68 for a 10-under 134 aggregate and a one-shot lead over Chapchai Nirat (68-67) of Thailand. Erstwhile leader David Lipsky of the US, who had an opening-round 63, slid to solo third after a 73.
Angelo Que, who started the round in joint sixth with a first-round 67, started slow but recovered to score a 70 on Saturday and take a share of seventh at seven-under 137 in the company of European Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia of Spain (68-69) and four others.
Que, a three-time winner on the Asian Tour, started on No. 10 and made birdie but suffered a double-bogey right on the next hole before steadying himself to reach the turn at one-over.
The 34-year-old shotmaker made bogey on No. 2 but strung up four birdies from No. 4.
Elmer Salvador was just above the halfway cut, adding a 73 to his opening-round 70 to grab a share of 59th spot at 143.
Failing to make the cut, however, were Japan Senior Open champion Frankie Miñoza (72-76), teen star Miguel Tabuena (75-75) and Mars Pucay (76-77).