Randhawa begins with a 67 to be tied 3rd

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Noida, Feb 20(UNI) Title contender Jyoti Randhawa carded five under 67 to grab a share of third place as Australian Tony Carolan and Scotsman Ross Bain were the joint leaders with scores of six under 66 at the end of round one of the 400,000 dollar SAIL open Golf here today.

Carolan's round of six under 66 was highlighted by birdies on the third, sixth, eighth, 11th, 14th, 16th and 18th. Bain's round on the other hand, included an eagle on the 12th and birdies on the fourth, eighth, 15th and 16th.

Unfancied Dinesh Kumar finished one stroke behind Jyoti to be tied ninth. The Emaar-MGF Indian Masters champion and current UBS Asian Tour Order of Merit leader SSP Chowrasia shot even par 72 for tied 51st position.

Jyoti was sharing the third place with Lam Chih Bing (Sing), Peter Cooke (Aus) Dinesh Chand (Fiji) Adam Groom, Scott Hend (Aus) Jyoti was in good nick as he posted an amazing 67 to be tied third. Randhawa could not have asked for a better start when he made an eagle two on his very first hole, the 10th. He then sank birdies on the 13th and 18th to be four under at the turn. The reigning Indian Open champion picked up two more strokes with birdies on the second and seventh. Randhawa's only disappointment of the day was his closing bogey on the ninth.

''It was a good start, but disappointing to finish with a bogey on the ninth,'' said Randhawa, who loves the wide open course, where he can hit the ball long. ''As for the course, well I am a little disappointed after shooting a five-under here, as I feel I could have done much better,'' he added.

Dinesh Kumar's brilliant four under 68 ensured him tied ninth place at the end of round one. He began with a birdie on the first and then went on to pick up two more birdies on the fourth and 10th before sinking an eagle on the 12th. He dropped a stroke with a bogey on the 16th.

Chowrasia, playing his first round of professional golf after the biggest win of his life at the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters, had a relatively quiet day on the course with an even par 72 that placed him tied 51st.

He made seven pars on the front nine before dropping bogeys on the eighth and ninth where he missed chip-putts. On the back nine, Chowrasia recovered two strokes as he closed with birdies on the 17th and 18th. The leader of the UBS Asian Tour order of Merit chipped in for a birdie on the 17th.

Gaurav Ghei also ended the day in tied 51st position with a score of even par 72. He sank birdies on the eighth and 14th and dropped bogeys on the seventh and 13th.

Gaurav Pratap Singh, Harinder Gupta, Ali Sher and Vinod Kumar were three under for the day to be tied 15th. Ashok Kumar, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Karanjit Singh Sandhu are a stroke behind at two under and share 26th position.

Digvijay Singh, Yusuf Ali, Amritinder Singh, Amit Dube, Raju Ali and Vikrant Chopra shot one under 71 to be tied 38th.

Rahil Gangjee had an ordinary day. He managed a one over 73 for tied 73rd place.


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