Shiv Kapur off to strong start, Randhawa set to miss cut

Last Updated: May 28, 2010, 13:19 PM IST

Madrid: Shiv Kapur got off to a strong start
in Madrid Masters with an opening round of three-under 69 that
placed him tied 27th but fellow Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa
is certain to miss the cut after a horrendous eight-over 80.

SSP Chowrasia, the other Indian in the fray, was lying
tied 62nd after his round of one-under 71.

It was, however, Shiv Kapur who turned in the best card by an Indian.

The Delhi golfer made the most of his front nine journey,
dropping just one bogey in the sixth hole.

Shiv parred the first hole before nailing back-to-back
birdies and he finished the stretch on a birdie-birdie note to
be three-under at the turn.

In contrast, Chowrasia had a terrible start with a double
bogey greeting him on the opening hole and the eighth hole
costing another stroke. The second hole birdie was the lone
highlight in this stretch for the affable Indian.

It was the bogey-free back nine, studded with three
birdies, which allowed the Kolkata pro sign off with a sub-par

Randhawa`s front nine proved even worse as the lanky pro
failed to drain a single birdie but dropped as many as four
bogeys and a triple bogey that put paid to all his hopes of
staying out for weekend action.

The trio of Jamie Donaldson, Luke Donald and Rhys Davies
shared the lead at seven-under 65.