Bhullar top Indian with 68 at Myanmar Open golf

Yangon: India`s Gaganjeet Bhullar shot a four-under 68 that put him tied for 20th place after the first round in the Zaykabar Myanmar Open presented by Air Bagan.

USA`s Ben Fox shot eight-under 64 and his effort was matched by the Australian duo of Scott Hend and Wade Ormsby.

Bhullar, who had three birdies in first five holes, had five in all and one bogey in his 68.

But the next best Indian was Ajeetesh Sandhu and Feroze Ali at 71 each in tied 70th place. Sujjan Singh and Gaurav Ghei with 73 were 106th, Chiragh Kumar, Rahil Gangjee and Himmat Rai with 74 were tied 121st and Digvijay Singh (75) was 128th and Manav Jaini (76) was 135th.

Despite the shot by Indian, the scores at the Royal Mingalardon Golf and Country Club were rather low with Chinnarat Phadungsil of Thailand, a three-time Asian Tour winner, a further shot back on 65 with Asian Tour graduate Kim Gi-whan of Korea in the USD 300,000 event.

The event is returning to the Asian Tour schedule after a one-year lapse.

Fox, who is searching for his first Asian Tour victory, credited the hard work in the gym during the off-season for his fast start. He had eight birdies and no bogeys.

Hend, who is among 15 Australians in the field this week, predicts a low scoring week as he aims to end a three-year title drought.