Chowrasia 12th after first round in British golf tourney

May 23rd, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by admin  

Wentworth, May 23 (IANS) Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia rode a mid-round surge to outshine his better known fellow Indians with a solid two-under 70 that gave him a share of the 12th place at the end of the first round in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in England on Thursday. Chowrasia, the winner of this season’s Emaar-MGF Indian Masters, rolled in three birdies, one eagle and three bogeys to earn a share of 12th place, and was the best of the four Indians in the field. Chowrasia was five behind leader Paul McGinley (65).

Among other Indians Shiv Kapur (71) was tied 26th, Jyoti Randhawa (73) was 59th and Jeev Milkha Singh (78) was 129th.

Chowrasia, who missed the cut at the Irish Open last week, bogeyed third and seventh to be two-over at that stage but hit back quickly with birdies on eighth and ninth. An eagle followed on 12th and a birdie on 15th brought him to three-under. A late bogey on 17th spoilt his card somewhat.

It is Chowrasia’s second appearance in Europe this season.

Also landing an eagle was Shiv Kapur, who started with two birdies in the first four holes, only to give up that great start with three bogeys between fifth and 10th holes. He finished with a one-under 71 and was tied 26th.

Things did not pan out too well for Jyoti Randhawa, who continued to struggle as he dropped five bogeys against four birdies for a 73 that placed him way back.

Jeev Milkha Singh, leader after the first round at the Irish Open last week, had a nightmarish day with five bogeys on the front nine and another three on the back nine and had just two birdies against them for a 78.

Ireland’s Paul McGinley, 41, shot a flawless 65 on a slippery but sun-baked Wentworth to take the first round lead. His seven-under-par tally left him a shot ahead of Robert Karlsson (66) who was also bogey free for the day.

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