Digvijay Singh makes an impressive return to competitive golf with sizzling 62 at Bengal Open 2020

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Digvijay Singh makes an impressive return to competitive golf after two months with sizzling 62 at Bengal Open 2020, seizes the lead

Abhinav Lohan’s 63 places him at second position

{Press Release}: The seasoned Digvijay Singh made an impressive return to competitive golf after two months as he shot a sizzling opening round of eight-under-62 to seize the lead at the TATA Steel PGTI’s Bengal Open Golf Championship 2020 being played at the Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.

The Gurugram-based Digvijay, a former Asian Tour winner who missed his PGTI full card at the Qualifying School in January this year, is playing his first tournament of the 2020 season.

Faridabad’s Abhinav Lohan also made an impact on day one of the Rs. 30 lakh event as he shot a 63 to be placed second.

Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh, a winner of 13 professional titles, was off to a flying start with a birdie on the first but ended up having a sedate front-nine as he could only collect a birdie and bogey over the next eight holes.

Digvijay, also an expert skydiver, said, “I have been busy setting up my skydiving business since last year. That’s the reason I couldn’t dedicate enough time to golf and ended up missing quite a few events in 2019. Eventually, I had to head to the PGTI Qualifying School in January this year. 

Abhinav Lohan

Abhinav Lohan’s round was highlighted by his four straight birdies from the fourth to the seventh where he sank three putts from a range of 10 to 15 feet. Lohan, who earned his maiden title in December last year, added three more birdies on the back-nine thanks to his hot putter. Abhinav’s longest conversion of the day was a 30-footer on the 13th.

Lohan said, “I made the most of all my opportunities today and putted really well. I’ll draw a lot of confidence from the fact that this is my best round at Tollygunge so far.

The five golfers bunched in tied third with scores of 65 were the Chandigarh duo of Aadil Bedi and Karandeep Kochhar, Bengaluru’s C Muniyappa, Om Prakash Chouhan of Mhow and Sri Lanka’s N Thangaraja.

Karandeep Kochhar

Rookie Kartik Sharma of Gurugram struck five straight birdies during his round of 66 which placed him tied eighth along with Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa and veteran Mukesh Kumar of Mhow.

Among those in tied 11th at 67 were PGTI Order of Merit leader Udayan Mane of Pune, Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi and the Kolkata duo of Shankar Das and Sunit Chowrasia.

Bengalureans Rahil Gangjee and Chikkarangappa as well as defending champion Md Zamal Hossain Mollah of Bangladesh were a further shot back in tied 20th.

Posted on: 2020 Mar 13 Fri
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