Jeev, Sujjan shine; Bhullar struggles

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Jeev Milkha Singh and Sujjan Singh brought home a card of one-under 70 to emerge as best-placed Indians even as defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar could manage only a two-over 73 to lie tied 53rd after the opening round of the wind-swept Venetian Macau Open here on Thursday.

The 41-year-old Jeev sank as many as five birdies against four bogeys at the Macau Golf and Country Club. He picked up shots at second, third, sixth, 16th and 18th holes, while dropping bogeys at fifth, ninth, 11th and 15th holes.

Sujjan, on the other hand, picked up birdies at the second, seventh, eighth holes and 15th holes against bogeys at the fourth, 12th and 16th holes.

Last year’s winner Bhullar had a treacherous back nine as he dropped bogeys at 10th, 11th, 12th and 17th holes, besides dropping a shot at the fifth hole in the first nine. He had birdies at second, sixth and 18th holes.

Among other Indians in the fray, SSP Chowrasia, Arjun Atwal, Himmat Rai and Shankar Das all scored one-over 72 to lie at tied 37th spot, while Rahil Ganjee (73) and Anirban Lahiri (73) shared the tied 53rd place with Bhullar.

At the top, Australian Scott Barr battled to a three-under 68 for the joint first-round lead along with Ben Campbell of New Zealand and Kalle Samooja of Finland at the USD 800,000 Asian Tour tournament.

Scott triumphs

Masters champion Adam Scott stormed back from four shots behind with 10 holes remaining to clinch the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two strokes with a scintillating finish in Bermuda on Wednesday.

The Australian, who had trailed by three after the opening round, eagled the par-five 17th to forge two ahead of overnight leader Justin Rose, then parred the last for a course record seven-under-par 64.

Scott covered the last six holes in a sizzling four-under to post an eight-under total of 134 at the Port Royal Golf Course in the elite 36-hole event which brings together the winners of the year's four majors.

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