Ghei, Johl tied 12th at Worldwide Selangor Masters

August 6th, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Petaling Jaya (Kaula Lumpur), Aug 6 (IANS) Gaurav Ghei rode on a birdie spree on the back nine to come home with a healthy two-under 69 that saw him in tied 12th place at the end of the first day of the Worldwide Selangor Masters on Wednesday. Also in tied 12th place was another Indian, Amandeep Johl, who landed an eagle on the back nine, as he, too, compiled a 69.

Thai teen Chinnarat Phadungsil established a new course record of seven-under-par 64 to set the pace in the first round. He shot the round in the morning and then as the day progressed, he held the lead at Seri Selangor Golf Club.

Chinnarat, the 19-year-old, already a two-time winner on the Asian Tour, took only 25 putts to open up a two shot lead over Adam Blyth of Australia, who shot a 66 in the afternoon.

One shot behind in tied third was a threesome Japan’s Taichiro Kiyota, Fijian Dinesh Chand, who shot two eagles, and Singaporean veteran M. Murugiah.

Ghei had just one bogey on the uneventful front nine, but he then changed gears for four birdies in a row from 10th to 13th and then dropped a late bogey on 16th for his 69.

Ghei said he played patchily. “It was in patches today. I started off with a bogey on the third hole. I couldn’t make the putts on the front nine. I hit a couple of shots close but on the back nine, I suddenly made four birdies in a row (from the tenth). I didn’t hit the ball great coming in but I’m satisfied. It’s a tough course,” said Ghei.

“The greens are challenging and the fairways are hard. Two under is a decent score considering the conditions,” he added.

The next best Indian after Johl and Ghei was Harmeet Kahlon, who shot an even par 71 and was tied 39th. One shot behind at 72 was Ranjit Singh, who was tied 52nd.

Gaganjeet Bhullar shot a 73 and was tied 61st, while Anirban Lahiri returned a card of 74 and 78th. Digvijay Singh (75) was 93rd and Gurbaaz Mann (76) was 106th. Himmat Rai, Arjun Singh and Rahil Gangjee all shot 77 and were further down in 120th place. R.S. Rathod shot 80 and was 136th.

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