Bhullar tied 15th after Rd1 of Singapore Classic

Singapore: Gaganjeet Bhullar rode on a
flawless back-nine to card a five-under 67 and at tied 15th,
was the highest-placed Indian golfer after the opening
round of the USD 400,000 inaugural Handa Singapore Classic
here on Thursday.

Bhullar`s 67 included seven birdies -- five of them in
the back-nine -- against a couple of bogeys.

Even-par at the turn after striking a couple of birdies
and an equal number of bogeys, Bhullar hit a purple patch in
the back-nine.

It started with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th
and continued with a birdie hat-trick from the 15th to the
17th hole as the Indian rounded off a fine performance.

A stroke adrift of the Kapurthala pro was SSP Chowrasia,
who pulled off six birdies against a couple of bogeys for a
share of the 29th spot.

Anirban Lahiri also played near-perfect golf and had it
not been for a 17th-hole bogey, he could have been higher then
the tied 42nd on the leader-board after fetching two birdies
and an eagle.

Lahiri shared the position with, among others, Harmeet
Kahlon and C Muniyappa.

Vikrant Chopra and Himmat Rai were just above the
projected cut-line at tied 58th after carding two-under 70s in
the opening round.

In the lower half of the leader-board, Rahil Gangjee was
tied 91st with a card of even-par 72, while veteran Gaurav
Ghei was further down at tied 102nd with a one-over 73.

Digvijay Singh was tied for the 119th spot after opening
with a disastrous 75.

South African Peter Karmis took the sole lead with
blemish-free nine-under 63, which was studded with nine