Abhijit Singh Chadha carded a sublime 66 to grab the opening-round lead at the Players Championship.
Three-time PGTI winner Chadha had a wonderful day at work as he managed to smash five birdies and one eagle against a single bogey to score a brilliant 6-under 66 despite the windy conditions at Chandigarh Golf Club.
Kartik Sharma of Gurugram took the honours of shooting the only bogey-free card among 126 players to be tied second at 67.
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Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Tricity golfer Ravi Kumar from neighbouring Chandimandir also struck 67s to join southpaw Kartik in tied second position. Kartik Sharma got going early with three birdies on the first six holes.
Kartik, playing his second season on the PGTI, then had a quiet stretch till the 16th before closing in style with birdies on the last two holes which included a quality chip-putt on the 17th.
Both Md Zamal Hossain Mollah and Ravi Kumar traded six birdies for a bogey on Tuesday. Zamal was in the top form with the driver as he missed just one fairway.
Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja and Indians Kshitij Naveed Kaul and Shivendra Singh Sisodia shared the fifth spot having fired rounds of 68.
Seven golfers, including Indian golfing great Gaurav Ghei as well as Tricity golfers Ranjit Singh and Angad Cheema, were at the tied-8th spot after day one.
The local lad Yuvraj Singh Sandhu along with Olympian Udayan Mane shared a tied-14 spot after both carded matching scores of 2-under 70.
The defending champion Karandeep Kochhar posted 2-under 70 to be at a tied-24th position.
Posted on: 2022 Apr 12 Tue