Jeev shoots 68 to lie ninth at world golf championship

March 21st, 2008 - 1:21 pm ICT by admin  

Miami (Florida), March 21 (IANS) Putting behind his disappointment at being thwarted twice from winning a title, Jeev Milkha Singh had a fine steady start at the WGC - CA Championship Thursday. The Indian ace, who was the 2006 Asian Tour’s Order of Merit winner, shot a four-under 68 at Doral to be placed ninth, three shots behind joint leaders Geoff Ogilvy and Miguel A. Jimenez.

Making his first appearance in the US, another Indian, S.S.P. Chowrasia, shot a two-over 74 with two birdies and four bogeys and was in tied 63rd place in a tournament that has no cut and guarantees money.

Daniel Chopra, the Indo-Swede, punched an even-par 72 card with four birdies, two bogeys and one double to be tied 45th.

Jeev blasted an eagle at the par four sixth hole besides birdies on first, fifth, eighth, tenth and 14th. He closed with a bogey but for which he would have been tied with Tiger Woods (67) in fourth place.

Jeev had a great start with a birdie on first but he gave that away on third. A birdie on fifth followed by an eagle two on par-4 sixth put him three-under. He dropped a shot on seventh, but picked two on eighth and tenth to be four-under at that stage.

However he had just one more birdie on 14th and then closed with a bogey on 18th.

Chowrasia started his US experience with a birdie on first, but then had just one more on par-5 eighth. He dropped shots on fourth, seventh, 11th and 12th.

Among other Asian Tour players, Thai youngster Chapchai Nirat fired five birdies against three bogeys for a 70 and was in a tie for 28th place alongside Korean stalwart Choi Kyung-ju while South African Anton Haig was tied 45 with an even par 72.

New Zealander Mark Brown, with two wins on the Asian Tour this season, carded a 73 for joint 56th spot while China’s Liang Wen-chong was in a tie for 63rd place after posting 74.

Tiger Woods bogeyed the final hole to fall two strokes off the lead, but he remained very much the man to beat after the opening round.

Woods three-putted the last on a day when Spaniard Miguel Jimenez stormed home with a late rush to tie Australian Geoff Ogilvy for the lead with a seven-under-par 65.

Howver, it was a dreadful day for Colin Montgomerie, third-last after a 75. Montgomerie needs a top-four finish here to jump into the top 50 in the world and therefore qualify for the Masters, but it would take a dramatic transformation for that to happen.

Woods has won his last seven tournaments over the last six months and more now, perhaps explaining why his round of 67 seemed relatively ordinary.

Jimenez birdied four of the final five holes to tie for the lead, but he has been around far too long to get overly excited about one round.

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