Shubankar tied 7th, two shots behind leaders at Hero Indian Open Golf

By Harpal Singh Bedi

March 28, 2019
Gurugram: Shubhankar Sharma and Rahil Gangjee led the home side’s challenge as Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and American Julian Suri at five-under-67 jointly led the field on the opening day of the Hero Indian Open at the DLF Golf & Country Club here on Thursday.

Shubhankar, carded three-under-69 to be at tied seventh place, two off the lead, Gangjee fired a steady two-under-70 and was tied 16th at the US$ 1.75 million event.

Shubhankar, a 10th tee starter, made an early gain with a long birdie conversion on the 12th. The 22-year-old, who was in good putting form through the day, then made two consecutive birdies on the 18th and first, the latter being another long conversion from 15 feet, to take his score to three-under.

Two-time European Tour winner Sharma’s excellent approach shot on the par-5 fourth landed six feet from the pin thus setting up an eagle for him.

The Chandigarh-based golfer was in the joint lead at five-under through 14 holes before he hit a rough patch on the sixth and seventh. He found the bunker on the sixth and seventh and thus dropped successive bogeys there to close the day with a three-under.

“I think I played very well today and didn’t make too many mistakes. I missed a couple of key putts on the front nine. Made a silly mistake on six and seven but apart from those holes I am pretty happy with how I finished” said Sharma.

Rahil Gangjee mixed three birdies with a bogey during his round of 70. The other Indians who got off to a decent start were Om Prakash Chouhan (71) tied 28th place, Gaganjeet Bhullar (72) and Rashid Khan (72) who were both in tied 46th place.

Among other prominent home side names, Shiv Kapur (74) and two-time Indian Open champion SSP Chawrasia (74) were both tied 76th while another former winner Anirban Lahiri (77) was tied 107th.

Stephen and Julian Suri, were followed by four others who carded four-under 68. That group included Robert Karlsson, Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat.

Placed Tied-7th with Sharma were Scott Hend, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng,Poom Saksansin, and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura .

Gallacher, a three-time European Tour winner, fired a stunning 67 to take the morning clubhouse lead on his own while three players stayed one shot behind including Christiaan Bezuidenhout of South Africa, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal and Robert Karlsson of Sweden.

Aiming for a first win on Indian soil, Hend recovered brilliantly from a bad front nine by closing with three consecutive birdies in his final three holes.

“After my 17th and 18th hole we thought we would be flying tomorrow night. I three-putted the 17th and hit two balls into the water hazard on hole 18 which was a bit of a nightmare. To come back after that was great, and I think so far this year this was the best round that I have played,” said Hend, coming off his 10th Asian Tour victory last week in Malaysia.

Gallacher and Suri had contrasting fortunes at the same Gary Player course at the DLF Golf and Country Club last year. The Scotsman was Tied-seventh, while Suri headed home early with rounds of 76-82. Gallacher’s card included six birdies, one bogey, a double and a closing eagle, while Suri had seven birdies and a bogey on either side of the course.

A year ago, Gallacher tied for seventh at the Hero Indian Open and that effort included five-under 67, which he equaled on Thursday. Gallacher said, “It was a perfect morning. Cool to start with and then it heated up later on in the round, and not too much wind, so it was perfect today.

“I think you have to get it in play off the tee, there is just so much trouble. I think if you get the tee shot in place you can hit a couple of nice iron shots and take advantage of the par fours that are quite short, drive a couple, and knock it onto the par fives. It is quite a strategic course. I don’t think you need to be the longest player on the Tour to play it, I think you’ve just got to plot your way around it.”

India News Stream

Police finally register FIR against Shahjahan on complaints by Sandeshkhali villagers

Kolkata: West Bengal Police finally registered an FIR on Monday against the absconding Trinamool Congress leader based on the complaints filed against him by the villagers of Sandeshkhali. The FIR...

INLD’s unit chief, ex-MLA Rathee shot dead in Haryana’s Jhajjar

Chandigarh: The Indian National Lok Dal's Haryana unit President and former legislator Nafe Singh Rathee was shot dead in an attack by unidentified assailants in the state's Jhajjar district on...

UP STF makes first arrest in police recruitment paper leak case

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force, which is probing the police recruitment paper leak case, has made its first arrest in the case. The STF, on Sunday, arrested one...

‘Honour killing’: TN man hacked to death for marrying girl from different caste

Chennai: In another case of "honour killing", a 25-year-old man was hacked to death by a gang of five in Chennai, police said on Sunday. In November, the deceased identified...

Dawood’s relative shot dead at wedding reception in UP

Shahjahanpur: A 35-year-old man from Mumbai, who was shot dead during a wedding reception at Jalalabad in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur district on Wednesday, has turned out to be a relative...

Eight-year-old girl gang-raped in UP, mother arrested

Lucknow: The Lucknow police have arrested the mother of an eight-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang-raped by a cleric and his brother in the Malihabad area, on the outskirts of...

IPL cricketer Abhishek Sharma under lens after model dies by suicide in Surat

Surat: In a developing story from Surat, the police are set to issue a notice to Indian Premier League (IPL) cricketer Abhishek Sharma following the death of a 27-year-old model...

Huge build-up of farmers on Haryana borders ahead of march to Delhi

Chandigarh: A huge build-up of farmers from Punjab and Haryana continued on borders of Haryana on Wednesday as they are ready to head to the national capital to lodge their...

One-year-old rape victim remains critical in UP hospital

Lucknow: The one-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a 50-year-old man in Uttar Pradesh's Bahraich district on February 17 continued to be in a critical condition in a hospital...

Six held for swindling over Rs 1 cr from Kanya Vivah Yojna in UP

Kanpur: Six people have been arrested on siphoning off over one crore in the Kanya Vivah Yojana in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur district. Those arrested on Thursday include one couple and...

Father held for strangulating daughter over love affair in UP village

Siddhartha Nagar: The Siddhartha Nagar police in Uttar Pradesh have arrested a man for the murder of his 17-year-old-daughter. In his confessional statement, the accused, Prahlad Kumar told the police...

TN revenue officials demolish portion of ‘Untouchability wall’ in Tiruppur

Chennai: The Tiruppur district administration in Tamil Nadu has demolished a portion of a wall situated between two areas in the district. The wall, commonly known as ‘Untouchability wall' separates...

Read Previous

All’s not well in opposition Grand Alliance in Bihar

Read Next

Sindhu, Srikanth continue fine run at Yonex India Open Badminton Inbox

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

WP2Social Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com