Bhullar takes lead with eight-under 63 in Macau Open

Last Updated: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 16:51

Macau: Despite starting off on a poor note, India`s Gaganjeet Bhullar eventually teared up the course with a scintillating eight-under 63, which gave him a two-shot lead over Prom Meesawat and Scott Hend, at the end of the first round of the USD 750,000 Venetian Macau Open here today.

Bhullar started with a bogey on the first hole, but on the very next landed an eagle and then proceeded to dominate the course.

The other Indians, too, had a good day with Anirban Lahiri returning three-under 68 to be tied 15th, while Himmat Rai (69) was tied 25th.

Shiv Kapur and Ajeetesh Sandhu, 70 each, were tied 34th, but SSP Chowrasia struggled with a two-over 73 to be in tied 82nd place.

Playing alongside defending champion Chan Yih-Shih (73), Bhullar`s eagle on the second was followed by birdies on third and fourth and he added another one on ninth to turn in a healthy four-under 31.
On the back nine, he made no mistakes, had birdies on 12th and 13th and then added two more on 15th and 18th for a superb 63.

Lahiri had three birdies in a row from second to fourth, but bogeys on fourth and sixth set him back. On the back nine, he birdied the 13th and 15th and missed a couple of others to finish at 68.

Bhullar, who has one win, one second and one ninth-place finish in his last five starts, sank a 35-footer on the second hole and had seven other birdies.

"When you know mentally that you`re striking the ball good, it`ll be a matter of putting and if you putt well, you will score. Today was one of those Super Sunday putting," said a delighted Bhullar.

"I canned that putt (on two). It changed the whole game plan. I made a lot of close birdies but holed a lot of long putts. (I also) holed two from 40 feet."

Bhullar holds Macau close to his heart as he finished second here three years ago.


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First Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 16:51

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