Lahiri best Indian at tied seventh in Seoul

Seoul: Anirban Lahiri continued his good from as he shot a one-under 71 to be placed tied seventh on a wind-swept opening day at the Ballantine`s Championship, on Thursday.

Lahiri, fifth last week at the Indonesian Masters, was three off the lead held by Frenchman Victor Dubuisson (68).

The winds were very strong and the greens were playing fast.

Five others were at 70 and that included Paul Casey and Jamie Donaldson. Lahiri had the company of Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and world number 12 Adam Scott among the 11 players bunched in equal seventh on 71.

Jeev Milkha Singh (72) was lying tied 18th with two birdies and two bogeys in his even par round, while Digvijay Singh went for 73 in 29th place and SSP Chowrasia 74 at 41st.

Things did not pan out too well for Shiv Kapur, who shot 76, including a triple bogey on par-4 fourth, and Jyoti Randhawa also returned a card of 76 after being even for front nine. Both were tied 74th.

Sujjan Singh (75) was 95th and it was worse for Himmat Rai (79) who had six bogeys, one double and just one birdie. Chiragh was nine over with two holes to play.

"The conditions were really tough out there. It was cold in the morning and the sky has been overcast for the whole day. It was really tough to control the ball out there. I`m quite happy with the way I`ve played. I putted well today," Lahiri said.

Lahiri, winner of the SAIL-SBI Open this year, opened with a birdie, but on the very next hole suffered a double bogey. He held himself together for a birdie on fifth and a series of par, as he turned in even par. On the back nine, he bogeyed the 10th but birdied 14th and 18th to finish at 71.

Dubuisson stayed steady under gusty conditions to snatch the opening clubhouse lead with a four-under-par 68 after play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. A total of six players will resume their first round at 7.30am on Friday morning.

Dubuisson opened with a bogey at the par-four 10th, but responded quickly with three birdies on holes 12, 14 and 15. He dropped another shot on the 16th hole but reached the turn strongly with further birdies on holes 17 and 18.

He marked his card with another birdie on the first hole but suffered a double-bogey six on the fourth hole. Dubuisson then answered back with two more birdies on the fifth and sixth holes to take a two-shot advantage going into the second round.

In the morning Wales’ Jamie Donaldson made the early move when he posted a two-under-par 70, the same as Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, England`s Mark Foster and Korea`s Jung Ji-ho.


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