Jyoti Randhawa lies fourth in Malaysia

Updated: Jul 20, 2011, 19:47 PM IST

Shah Alam: Jyoti Randhawa fired a five-under 67 to lie tied fourth at the end of the first round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.

Skydiving and driving a truck 3,000 miles across America and not touching a golf club for 25 days seems to have done Randhawa a world of good in his first round of golf in a month.

Rookie Joonas Granberg of Finland, a 24-year-old Qualifying School graduate, provided the fireworks with a new course record of 10-under-par 62 in the first round.

He holed out from the fairway for a spectacular eagle on his opening hole, the par four 10th to spark a magnificent round which included nine birdies and a bogey.

Randhawa, a former Asian Tour number one and a winner here in Kota Permai in 2004, was delighted to soar into contention and credited a sky-diving holiday in the United States during summer for his flying start.

"I`ve not touched a club for the past month and half. I`ve been sky-diving. I did some 50 jumps in America ... mind off golf and now mind on golf," said Randhawa.

"I think it works for me. When I won the Thailand Open two years ago, I remember I was scuba diving all week. I`m now a veteran, no longer the young guy. I know what to do and how to play the game. It`s all about the mind for me now. If I can get my mental framing right, I know exactly what to do. And when the mind tells the body, the body starts to behave," he said.

Ashok Kumar six birdies and two bogeys in 68 in tied seventh, while Gaurav Ghei opening with an eagle in the first, Rashid Khan closing with a double bogey on 18th and Anirban Lahiri carded 69 each to be tied 15th.

PTI