Bhullar joint ninth in Volvo China Open

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Beijing, Apr 17 (UNI) Gaganjeet Bhullar raised India's hopes as he fired a three under 69 to occupy the tied ninth position on the opening day of the Volvo China Open here.

Bhullar, who started from the 10th, is trailing the leader, Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera by two strokes.

He had an action-packed first nine, making pars all the way from the first to the ninth.

He birdied the 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th and bogeyed the 17th to make the turn at three under.

The next best Indian at the end of round one was SSP Chowrasia who was at the tied 66th spot with a two over 74.

Chowrasia knocked birdies on the fourth and seventh holes despite beginning with a bogey on the first.

On the back nine, he dropped bogeys on the 10th, 12th and 17th.

Among the other Indians in the field, Gaurav Ghei shot 76 to be tied 98th while Rahil Gangjee fired 77 to be tied 119th.

Shiv Kapur's round of 79 placed him tied 134th. Amandeep Johl was a stroke behind Kapur in tied 140th place while Digvijay Singh's 83 placed him tied 152nd.

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