Jyoti, Ghei placed 11th after opening round

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Dongguan, China, Nov 22 (UNI) India's Gaurav Ghei and Jyoti Randhawa enjoyed a strong start with a 65, with Randhawa starring for the team with six birdies as they ended the day in joint 11th place in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup Golf here today.

United States' duo of Boo Weekley and Heath Slocum were in great form as they carded 61 to lead the field, followed by German pair Martin Kaymer and Alex Cejka who had a score of 62.

Other Asian pair, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and Prayad Marksaeng made their way to a nine-under-par 63.

''Jyoti played really well. I was just riding along,'' enthused Ghei. ''This is a very good start. It would have been better if we had picked up a few more shots. I missed a small one on 16 and on 15 (par five) we didn't make birdie after good drives. We left a couple of shots here and there.'' Like the Thais, the Indian duo also enjoyed each other's company as this is the first time they are competing in the Omega Mission Hills World Cup as a pair.

''Gaurav was there all the time and that gives you a lot of support and I got aggressive and made birdies. Whenever we needed pars, he made it. It's not that I was the only one who played. it's a good team effort. Not dropping bogey was a great effort from us,'' said Jyoti.

''It was easy to click as a team. We were great. A few times, he read my lines and I read his lines.'' Jyoti added, ''There were a lot of things that we talked about on the golf course which cannot be printed! We were relaxed out there.'' The home combination of Zhang Lian-wei and Liang Wen-chong ended the first day four off the pace. Zhang got the team out of the blocks with two opening birdies before Liang, the current leader of the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit, contributed five birdies.

Korea's Lee Sung and Lee Seung-ho also fired a 65 while the Philippines, represented by Gerald Rosales and Tony Lascuna, carded a 67.

UNI

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