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Gaganjeet Bhullar grabs share of early lead, Arjun Atwal third

PTI
Published : Oct 7, 2016, 12:22 am IST
Updated : Oct 7, 2016, 12:22 am IST

There was a strong Indian flavour on the leaderboard at the Indonesian Masters as Gaganjeet Bhullar returned a six-under 66 to take a share of the clubhouse lead with Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand while

Gaganjeet Bhullar lines up a putt on the opening day of the Indonesian Masters on Thursday.
 Gaganjeet Bhullar lines up a putt on the opening day of the Indonesian Masters on Thursday.

There was a strong Indian flavour on the leaderboard at the Indonesian Masters as Gaganjeet Bhullar returned a six-under 66 to take a share of the clubhouse lead with Gunn Charoenkul of Thailand while Arjun Atwal was in third place, in Jakarta on Thursday.

Atwal, who last won in Dubai in 2014, carded five-under 67 to be two hosts behind Bhullar and Gunn.

Shiv Kapur, coming off a bout of jaundice, showed he was on his way to recovery with a four-under 68 that temporarily placed him tied sixth and Jeev Milkha Singh (69) was tied 14th.

Khalin Joshi, Himmat Rai and Jyoti Randhawa carded 70s to be tied 26th, while Chiragh Kumar finished with 72. However among those Indians, yet to finish the round was Anirban Lahiri, a former winner here, as he was way behind at three-over through 17 holes. “It was a bogey free round and at the end of the day, that’s the target. I’m trying to repeat what I did last week. In the beginning I was a bit nervous. Coming straight after a victory, your mental aspect is slightly different. You try to go for a par and try not to attack the pins,” said Bhullar a six-time Asian Tour winner.

“I putted really well today especially on 12, 13 and 14 (birdies) and those were all from 10 or 15 feet which I holed,” he added.

Rayhan best Indian in Asia-Pacific golf In Incheon, Dubai-based Rayhan Thomas was the best-placed Indian at tied seventh with an eventful two-under 70 in the opening round of the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, which guarantees the winner a start at the Masters next year.

Among those tied with Thomas was Australian Curtis Luck, the US Amateur winner and runner-up at World Amateurs in Mexico.

Thomas was five behind leader Australian Cameron Davis. Thomas was the only Indian in red numbers, while Chandigarh golfer Yuvraj Sandhu carded an even-par 72 for tied 16th and among those with him was defending champion Cheng Jin of China.

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