Randhawa, Gangjee 26th as other Indians struggle in Johor

Johor Bahru (Malaysia): Jyoti Randhawa, badly needing a good finish to bolster his confidence, shot a two-under 69 on the opening day of the weather-hit USD 2 million Iskandar Johor Open on Thursday.

Also shooting a 69 on the par-71 Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club course was Rahil Gangjee (69) and they were both lying tied 26th as a lot of players were yet to finish their first round.

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands continued his rich form by shooting a scintillating eight-under 63 to take the clubhouse lead in the event, which is sanctioned by both the Asian and European Tours.

Among the other Indians who had completed their first round was Sujjan Singh (73), Himmat Rai (75), Chiragh Kumar (75), SSP Chowrasia (80) and Manav Jaini (80).

Shiv Kapur (even through 13) was fighting hard in 61st place, but other Indians struggled.

Gaurav Ghei (two-over through 14), Anirban Lahiri (two-over through 12), Jeev Milkha Singh (three-over through 14) were all in danger of missing the cut.

Daniel Chopra was looking good at five-under through 14 holes.

The first round was called off for the day an hour after lightning stopped play at 4.22pm.

No players from the afternoon session finished their round, meaning 78 players will return at 7.20 am tomorrow to resume play.