Johl highest placed Indian in British Open Qualifying event

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Sentosa, Mar 25 (UNI) Amandeep Johl fired a two over 74 to be the best placed Indian at the 31st spot at the end of the first round of the International Final Qualifying event for the British Open 2008 here today.

Amandeep's effort was highlighted by a birdie on the ninth and bogeys on the third, 14th and 15th.

Shiv Kapur and Digvijay Singh are both a stroke behind Johl in tied 37th place while Jyoti Randhawa and Rahil Gangjee both returned scores of 77 to be tied 52nd at the end of day one.

Shiv Kapur's first round 75 saw him make an eagle on the 12th, birdie on the fourth, bogeys on the fifth and 15th, and double bogeys on the eighth and 18th.

Digvijay Singh also shot 75. He sank birdies on the 10th, 12th, 13th, dropped bogeys on the 11th and 14th and double bogeys on the third and 15th.

Gurbaaz Mann returned a score of ten over 82 in round one to be tied 62nd.

Malaysia's Danny Chia, Filipino Angelo Que and Englishman Yasin Ali are the current leaders at three under 69.

Four professionals will qualify from this event for The Open at Royal Birkdale, England in July.

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