Killarney (Ireland): A double-bogey on the sixth was the lone blot in Shiv Kapur`s three-under 68 which earned him a share of the 25th spot but SSP Chowrasia seemed in danger of missing the cut after carding a 74 in the opening round of the 3 Irish Open here.
Kapur struck five birdies against a lone double bogey,
while Chowrasia had just three birdies to show against five
bogeys and a double bogey which left him tied 128th.
Kapur found his first birdie on the third hole before the
double bogey on the sixth pulled him back. But the Delhi-pro
made amends with back-to-back birdies on the seventh and
eighth to be one-under at the turn.
In his flawless back-nine, Kapur parred seven holes
before closing it off with consecutive birdies on the 17th and
Chowrasia, on the other hand, had a tough day after
starting of with a birdie. Four bogeys after the opening hole
birdie had him three-over at the end of a wretched front-nine.
Things did not improve much in the back-nine either and
Chowrasia stumbled to a double bogey and a bogey before
pulling off a couple of birdies to end the day on a slightly
At the top, Englishman David Howell grabbed the lead with
a 64 in the opening round.