Singapore, Apr 6 (UNI) Promising Shiv Kapur and seasoned Jeev Milkha Singh shot identical three under par 69, the opening round of the International Final Qualifying-Asia golf tournament here today to keep their hopes alive for a place in the British Open Championship.
Two other Indians in the fray Amandeep Johl shot a par 73 while Rahil Gangjee returned a dismal four over 77.
The top-three after 36 holes will make it to the Open to be played at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, England from July 20 to 23.
Australian Jarrod Lyle fired five under par 67 to emerge the opening round leader.
The 25-year old leukaemia-survivor Lyle hit one eagle and five birdies and led by one stroke over local favourite Unho Park, who shot 68 which included six birdies.
Kapur, last year's Asian Tour rookie of the year, was playing well but sudden lapse in concentration led to his missing putts of six feet on 11 and 13.
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