Jeev 43rd, drops four strokes on last two holes

July 31st, 2008 - 10:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Hokkaido, (Japan) July 31 (IANS) A horrible mess-up right at the end saw Jeev Milkha Singh drop four shots in last two holes and end with a three-over 75 in the first round of the Sun Chlorella Classic Thursday. Coming a week after his win at Sega Sammy International, Jeev, till nursing an ankle injury, is lying tied 43rd. Jeev is nine shots behind the leader, Yui Ueda of Japan, who shot a 6-under 66. Ueda, who won his only career title on the JGTO tour at the Token Homemate Cup in April 2007, is three strokes clear of his nearest rival. He had eight birdies against two bogeys at Otaru Country Club.

Akio Sadakata (69) sat alone in second, followed by Hideto Tanihara, Katsumasa Miyamoto, Toshinori Muto and Takuya Taniguchi, who shot 70s.

Jeev starting on the tenth had a bogey on the 11th but hit back with birdies on 12th and 13th to go one-under. He parred the next 12 holes but then struck the roadblock with a triple bogey on eighth and then a bogey on his closing hole, the ninth.

In his only two previous appearances Jeev was tied sixth at the Crowns and won the Sega Sammy title last week.

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