Shubhankar Sharma gave himself a good start with 2-under 68 but SSP Chawrasia, after 17 pars, had a bogey in the final hole to finish the first day at 1-over 71 after opening round at the Scottish Open in Gullane on Thursday.
Sharma, playing the Scottish Open for the first time, was tied-42nd with a lot of players still out on the course. Five players had a share of the lead. American Rickie Fowler, Spain’s Scott Fernandez, Swede Jen Danthorp and Englishman Robert Rock finished at 6-under 64, and later in the evening Lee Westwood joined them.
Patrick Reed, who was six-under through front nine stayed there till the 15th before unexpectedly dropping a shot on Par-5 16th. He had two more holes to play. Sharma is playing only his third event on European soil, said, Last week’s Irish Open was my first look at a Links course and I liked it. But I did not play too well and missed the cut. The two days of (extra) practice I got seemed to help with a 2-under card.
Khalin Joshi, Udayan Mane tied third in Jakarta
Bengaluru golfers Udayan Mane and Khalin Joshi shot five-under 67 each to be Tied-3rd after the first round of the $500,000 Indonesia Open. The duo was one shot behind co-leaders, Johannes Veerman of the US and Australia’s Matthew Millar, who sunk four consecutive birdies from holes four to seven.
Overall it was a good day for the Indian contingent as Gaganjeet Bhullar and Jyoti Randhawa carded three-under 69 each to be Tied-18th, while Shiv Kapur – returning from a foot injury – shot 70 to Tied-32nd at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.
Starting from the back nine, Khalin was three-under for the first nine and then went to four-under after 12 holes. A bogey on Par-3 fifth was his only blemish, before he birdied sixth and seventh and finished at 67.
Before Joshi, Udayan had a clean bogey free 67 with three birdies on front nine and two more on back nine. Jeev Milkha Singh, trying to find his form once again had a 1-under 71, the same as Chiragh Kumar and Honey Baisoya and was Tied-45th. Viraj Madappa and S Chikkarangappa struggled to 75 each, while Himmat Rai shot 76.