Viraj Madappa played steady golf in tough conditions over the back nine for an even par 71 to move into tied 13th at the midway stage of the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup here Friday.
Madappa, 21, who won his maiden Asian Tour title last year at home in Bengaluru at Take Solutions Masters, was one of the only two Indians to make the cut.
Rahil Gangjee, winner of the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open in Japan last year, was the other one. Gangjee, who had a disappointing opening round of 76, fought back brilliantly for a bogey-free two-under 69 to make the cut at three-over. He was tied 33rd.
The weekend cut fell at four-over par with 60 players making it into the final two rounds.
The rest of the Indians, Khalin Joshi (73-74), Ajeetesh Sandhu (76-72), Shiv Kapur (77-72), Jeev Milkha Singh (77-75), amateur Anant Singh Ahlawat (81-79) missed the cut. S Chikkrangappa withdrew after the first round.