Mann fires 63 to lead by three strokes

Mumbai: Chandigarh pro Gurbaaz Mann shot a
seven-under 63 to establish a three-stroke lead over his
rivals on day one of the PGTI Players Championship at the
Bombay Presidency Golf here today.

Mann is closely followed by Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban
Lahiri, Abhishek Jha and Mohd Siddikur Rahman at the second
spot with identical scores of four-under 66.

Mann made an ideal start to the week as he hit it close
on the front nine to earn birdies on the first, fourth, fifth
and seventh.

He then converted a 10-feet birdie putt on the 10th to go
up five-under. The 27-year-old made his longest putt of the
day, a 15-footer on the 12th, to pocket his sixth birdie.

Mann ended the day at seven-under after he sank another
birdie on the 16th.

"I`m really pleased with my effort today. I putted really
well even though the greens here are very tricky. I also hit
it pretty close through the day and used the lob wedge to

"One needs to be accurate off the tee at this course as
the rough is up. It`s important to know how to make good use
of the lob wedge here," he said.

Among others, Raju Ali Mollah of Kolkata is placed sixth
at three-under 67, while Gurki Shergill is in tied seventh
along with Gaurav Diwan, Toran Bikram Shahi, Randhir Singh
Ghotra, Digvijay Singh, Vikrant Chopra and Shaurya Singh at
two-under 68.