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Ashok Kumar, Firoz Ali share 2nd spot in Aamby Valley

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Aamby Valley, Mumbai, May 11 (UNI) Riding on an eagle each, Ashok Kumar and Firoz Ali shot identical opening rounds of 67, breathing down the neck of leader Hendrik Buhrmann of South Africa in the inaugural Aamby Valley Asian Masters here today.

Veteran Hendrik Buhrmann's holiday approach stood him in good stead and the Protea, desperate to win in the region, fired a six-under-par 66, thanks to a hot putter which produced seven birdies.

A dropped shot on his 16th hole, however, cost him a share of the course record in the 400,000 dollar Asian Tour event.

Ashok got off to a solid start and capitalised on the par fives, going four-under on those holes. The highlight was on the 12th when he crunched a six iron to two feet for a tap-in eagle.

The Delhi golfer missed a hatful of birdie chances but he remained unperturbed.

Compatriot Firoz Ali, winner of the Indian Open in 1998, had a strong finish where he fired an eagle and birdie over his closing three holes to share the second spot with Ashok and two others.

The 36-year-old nailed a three wood that stopped 10 feet from the flag on the seventh, which was his 16th of the day, and then nearly holed out from the fairway on his last hole where he lipped out.

Among other Indians in the fray, Mukesh Kumar and Uttam Singh Mundy share the eighth place after a solid round of 69.

Dinesh Kumar and SSP Chowrasia carded identical two-under 70 to tie for the 16th place, while Amandeep Johl and Gurbaaz Mann returned 71 for tied 22nd place.

The Indian quartet of Pappan, Ali Sher, Ranjit Singh and C Muniyappa had even-par rounds, while Rahil Gangjee went one-over 73.

One stroke behind Rahil were Jumman, Gaurav Ghei, Amardip Malik, Shiv Prakash and Rahul Ganapathy.

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