Indians golfers disappoint at British Open qualifiers

March 26th, 2008 - 7:13 pm ICT by admin  


Singapore, March 26 (IANS) Indians were shut out of the race for British Open berths as none of the six Indians found a place in the top four of International Final Qualifying - Asia at Sentosa here Wednesday. While Jyoti Randhawa, Digvijay Singh and Gurbaaz Mann withdrew after disappointing first rounds, Amandeep Johl, Shiv Kapur and Rahil Gangjee were unable to make up after rather modest first round efforts.

Gangjee (67) was best among Indians at even par 144, while Kapur added a 72 to his 77 and Johl added a 79 to his first round 74.

Malaysia’s Danny Chia earned his second appearance at the British Open after winning the International Final Qualifying - Asia with a second successive three-under-par 69.

Australian Adam Blyth will join Chia at Royal Birkdale, England in July after a sparkling 66 at Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course while Lam Chih Bing of Singapore and Filipino Angelo Que survived a thrilling play-off against Japan’s Tomohiro Kondo to earn the last two tickets.

Chia, who featured at the 2005 Open at St Andrews, produced superb birdies on the 16th and 17th holes to earn medallist honours on six-under-par 138, one shot better than Blyth who carded the day’s best round.

Round II: 138 Danny Chia (Mas) 69-69
139: Adam Blyth (Aus) 73-66
140: Lam Chih Bing (Sin) 72-68, Angelo Que (Phi) 69-71, Tomohiro Kondo (Jpn) 70-70
(Lam and Que qualify for The Open after winning in the play-off against Kondo)
141: Lloyd Saltman (Sco) 71-70, Mardan Mamat (Sin) 74-67, Chinnarat Phadungsil (Tha) 71-70
142: David Gleeson (Aus) 75-67, Will Yanagisawa (USA) 71-71, Ben Leong (Mas) 70-72, Yasin Ali (Eng) 69-73, Han Lee (USA) 72-70, Brad Kennedy (Aus) 71-71
143: Anthony Kang (USA) 73-70, Brett Bingham (Can) 72-71, Gavin Flint (Aus) 71-72, Noh Seung-yol (Kor) 77-66
144: Prom Meesawat (Tha) 71-73, Rahil Gangjee (Ind) 77-67, Adam Groom (Aus) 75-69
145: Mars Pucay (Jpn) 72-73, Lee Sung (Kor) 73-72, David Bransdon (Aus) 73-72, Ahmad Bateman (Can) 75-70, Yoshinobu Tsukada (Jpn) 71-74
146: Chung Joon (Kor) 72-74, Unho Park (Aus) 75-71, Jason King (Jpn) 71-75, Scott Barr (Aus) 72-74
147: Tatsuhiko Ichihara (Jpn) 73-74, Rhys Davies (Wal) 78-69, Shinichi Yokoto (Jpn) 76-71, Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) 72-75, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 75-72, Takuya Taniguchi (Jpn) 73-74
148: Craig Smith (Wal) 76-72, Park Jun-won (Kor) 74-74, Sushi Ishigaki (Jpn) 74-74, Masaya Tomida (Jpn) 79-69, Ross Bain (Sco) 76-72
149: Keiichiro Fukabori (Jpn) 70-79, Akinori Tani (Jpn) 76-73, Clay Devers (USA) 82-67, Jun Kikuchi (Jpn) 74-75
150: Richard Moir (Aus) 75-75, Simon Dunn (Sco) 78-72, Bryan Saltus (USA) 74-76
151: Naoya Takemoto (Jpn) 78-73
152: Airil Rizman (Mas) 72-80
153: Zaw Moe (Myn) 75-78, Tadahiro Takayama (Jpn) 76-77, Amandeep Johl (Ind) 74-79, Olle Nordberg (Swe) 75-78
155: Soushi Tajima (Jpn) 78-77
157: Marcus Both (Aus) 77-80, S. Sivachandran (Mas) 80-77
158: Young Nam (USA) 72-86
WD: Jyoti Randhawa (Ind), Gurbaz Maan (Ind), Digvijay Singh (Ind), Tony Carolan (Aus), Antonio Lascuna (Phi)

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