Chopra 10th, Gangjee 66th in Nationwide Tour event

Texas (USA): Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee carded a modest two-under 70 in the opening round to be placed tied 66th at the WNB Golf Classic on the Nationwide Tour.

The Indian, playing in his rookie year, needs a few good finishes to have a shot at finishing in top-25 to get a PGA Tour card for 2012.

Indian-origin Swede golfer Daniel Chopra, however, had a superb start with a five-under 67 to be placed 10th.

Chopra, who already has one win this season and needs to stay in top-25 to get back to PGA next year, had five birdies against two bogeys till the 15th.

Then he had an eagle on the par-four 17th that gave him a great finish. Chopra is currently 24th on Nationwide Money List.

Currently lying 87th on the Money List, Gangjee had a birdie-birdie start but a bogey on fifth set him back. When two more birdies on 12th and 15th followed, he seemed set for a good day before a disappointing bogey on the par-four 17th.

BJ Staten carded a nine-under 63 to take the opening round lead ahead of Bubba Dickerson and Danny Lee, who had 64 each.


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