Jeev fifth, Jyoti 28th, Kapur and Chowrasia in danger zone

June 27th, 2008 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, June 27 (IANS) Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa were on safe ground with rounds of 68 and 70, but Shiv Kapur and S.S.P. Chowrasia were in danger of missing the cut after the first round of the Open de France Alstom on the European Tour. Jeev was tied fifth with his steady three under 68 in the first round, as the lead was held by Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal by three strokes. Randhawa’s one under 70 helped him end day one in tied 28th position.

Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia carded identical scores of four over 75 to be placed tied 103rd.

Jeev Milkha Singh picked up birdies on the third, fourth, sixth, 10th, 15th and dropped a double bogey on the par four 13th on his way to 68, one of the dozen players who carded an identical three-under score on a good scoring day.

Jyoti Randhawa’s 70 was marked by birdies on the 10th, 14th, fourth and bogeys on the 11th and 12th.

Young Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal compiled a brilliant opening score of six-under par 65 to take the first round lead. He leads England’s Oliver Fisher and Irishman Peter Lawrie by a stroke at the top of the leaderboard, with the 2007 US Open Champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina just two off the pace on four under after an opening 67.

Barcelona-born Larrazabal worked at his father’s fish farm in Spain before he turned professional.

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