Jeev-Randhawa keep it steady


Jeev and Randhawa shot three birdies each in a strong opening day performance.
The lone bogey in the card came off Jeev’s club on the par-three second hole.
Both players opened with par shots on the first hole and after Jeev had stumbled to a bogey on the second, Randhawa made up for it with a birdie on the third hole.
Jeev himself found a birdie on the seventh hole as the Indians combined for one-under at the end of the front-nine.

The duo had a blemish-free backward journey and shared four birdies between them to round off creditable show on the opening day of the USD 5.5 million event’s 55th edition.

British duo on top
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell tore up the course with a 14-under-par 58 to give Ireland a three-stroke lead after the first-round fourballs.

World number 10 McIlroy drained a 20-foot eagle putt at the par-five 15th and was centimetres away from chipping in for another at the next hole before grabbing Ireland's 10th and 11th birdies of the day to take the outright lead.

McDowell did his bit for the cause too, contributing seven birdies in the blemish-free round, including four as the pair charged through the front nine at seven under and another with a 12-foot putt at the 18th.

Echenique, runner-up at the BMW International Open in June, also eagled the 15th before giving Argentina the clubhouse lead by draining a 20-foot putt on the final green.
World number eight Sergio Garcia had a day to forget with only three of his shots counting towards the 69 he and Gonzalo Fernandez Castano posted to give Spain a share of last place in the 28-team field.

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