Emiliano Grillo leads with 7-under-65
Emiliano Grillo recorded a course-record equaling 7-under-65 before the play was suspended for the day due to bad light at the opening round of Hero Indian Open, played at the DLF Golf & Country Club.
As many as 24 players were unable to finish their opening rounds due to a number of rulings required throughout the day, and the course is ranked as one of the toughest on Tour.
Grillo fired eight birdies and a bogey on the par-4 2nd, to lead by one over Pablo Larrazábal, Paul Peterson, and Matteo Manassero.
Frenchman Adrian Saddier and South African Keith Horne too joined them late for a T-2nd finish, still remaining with one and two holes to play respectively.
“You have no idea how difficult the course is,” said Grillo. “I had to play almost perfect golf to shoot a seven under. I think anywhere else it would have been close to a 59 or something. It was definitely a magnificent round of golf.
“I’m very happy with the way I handled myself out there. It was very tough and I was able to make some good putts and hit the fairways when I needed to.”
Larrazábal’s 67 gave him the solo lead for a while when Danthai Boonma (who led for most of the day) had a hard time on the last hole, first losing the ball in jungle, and later dropping the seventh shot for the chip to the green and taking two putts for a 9 on the par-5 18th, taking his total to 1-under-71 from 5-under-par. Boonma is currently T-26th with Jamie Donaldson, Shih-chang Chan, Soomin Lee, Aaron Rai, Matthias Schwab, Joost Luiten, Wade Ormsby, Arjun Atwal, and Anthony Wall.
Funny enough to know that Larrazábal recently bought a new phone and missed his wake-up alarm and had to be given a wake-up call from a European Tour official, just 38 minutes before his tee-time. But all this did not show any effect on the man once he reached the course.
Larrazábal shot five back to back birdies from 4th through 8th, and three consecutive again from 16th to 18th to finish his opening round with nine birdies, two bogeys, and a double-bogey on the par-5 15th. His nine birdies today remained the most by any player in the field.
Indians at the Event
The event scheduled in the home country is a big opportunity for many young guns from India who are looking to show their game to the world, as the event is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and they get to play with the best from around the world.
Ajeetesh Sandhu leads the Indian contingent with a T-7th finish at 4-under 68, his round consisted of four birdies and a lone bogey on the par-4 14th. Sandhu is joined by Scottish Golfer Marc Warren.
Following him by two-strokes at T-19th is Udayan Mane and Amateur Kshitij Naveed Kaul, where both are left to play their remaining one hole tomorrow.
Khalin Joshi, Jyoti Randhawa, Honey Baisoya, Anirban Lahiri, and Aman Raj are tied for the 37th position on the board with their opening rounds of 72 and Aman Raj remains to play three holes.
Shubhankar Sharma has entered the event with high expectations from his fans due to his recent performance at the WGC-Mexico. Sharma faced issues on the front nine of his round playing it for 5-over 41 but had a bogey-free 32 on his back nine taking his total to 1-over-73 for a T-57th position on the board with Veer Ahlawat(14th hole), Yashas Chandra (Amateur), and Feroz Ali (14th hole).
The defending champion SSP Chawrasia stood T-73rd with his round of 2-over-74 consisting a double-bogey on his very first hole, four birdies, and four bogeys came later in his round, still unable to give him an under-par finish. Joining him are Ashok Kumar, Dhruv Sheoran (Amateur), and Mukesh Kumar (15th hole).
Round two is scheduled from 7 AM IST, as 24 players still remain to finish their opening rounds due to bad light.