Muniyappa steals show

Bangalorean cards eight-under to be placed third

Australia’s Adam Blyth in action at the Indian Open golf tournament in New Delhi on Thursday. AFP

His rising stature notwithstanding, Gaganjeet Bhullar carded a modest one-over 73, as did last year’s Indian Masters champion SSP Chowrasia and in Arjun Atwal’s (75) case, the rust showed as the Orlando-based Indian continued his quest for top form since coming off shoulder injury.

Australian Adam Blyth fired eight birdies in a flawless display at DLF Golf and Country Club for a one stroke lead over Korean Lee Sung.

Indian-born Swede Daniel Chopra, South African Keith Horne and Unho Park from Australia all carded 67s to share the fifth place.

New Zealand’s Michael Campbell, the 2005 US Open champion, also disappointed, shooting 76.

One-under after a modest front nine, Muniyappa struck gold on his way back, dropping just one bogey while firing four birdies besides the 15th hole eagle.
The Indian trio of Digvijay Singh, Arjun Singh and Harinder Gupta also got off to a strong start, sharing the eighth place at four-under 68.

They were followed from one shot behind by Raju Ali, Rahul Ganapathy and Arshdeep Tiwana at tied 12th.

Veteran Gaurav Ghei, Vinod Kumar, Harmeet Kahlon, Amandeep Johl, Shamim Khan and Rashid Khan were in the 22nd place huddle after carding matching 70s.

Leading first round scores: 64: Adam Blyth. 65: Lee Sung. 66: C  Muniyappa, Jason King. 67: Unho Park, Daniel Chopra, Keith Horne. 68: Digvijay Singh, Harinder Gupta, Arjun Singh, Kwanchai Tanin 69: Raju Ali, Rahul Ganapathy, Arshdeep Tiwana, Pijit Petchkasem, Panuwat Muenlek, Antonio Lascuna, Marcus Both, Scott Hend, Darren Beck, James Kamte.

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