Shiv Kapur was the highest placed Indian at the joint fourth position after the opening round of the World Classic Championship being played at the par-71 Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore’s Laguna National on Thursday the 12th November 2015.
Singapore-based Australian Scott Barr carded a two-under-par 69 to share the first round clubhouse lead with Korea’s Jeunghun Wang, Australia’s Sam Brazel and Thailand’s Natipong Srithong. US golfer Berry Henson and Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena shared the second spot after returning identical scores of 70.
Kapur shot a one-over 71 with five birdies and six bogies in his round. He shares the fourth position with Anura Rohana of Sri Lanka, Danthai Boonma and Panuphol Pittayarat (both Thailand) and Joe Kruger of South Africa.Kapur had a mixed start to his round. He had a birdie on the first hole with bogies on the second, fourth and fifth holes.
He recovered with a hat trick of birdies on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes before completing the topsy-turvy front nine with another bogey. He picked up one birdie and a couple of bogies on the back nine. Khalin Joshi and SSP Chawrasia are the next best placed Indians as they share the fifth spot with identical scores of 73.
Abhijit Chadha, a new professional golfer carded even par 71 to be tied at seventh position after the first round. Twenty four years old Abhijit had three birdies and three bogeys. He is two shots behind the quartet, which led the field at two-under 69 each. He had won the BILT Open on the Indian PGTI Tour for his second career titletwo months ago.
Gaganjeet Bhullar carded 74 for a Tied 40th spot and trio of Shubhankar Sharma, Abhinav Lohan and Rashid Khan were tied 57th with 75 each.Veteran Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh was ready to put his best foot forward for his second triumph here, but carded 76 only along with S Chikkarangappa each and was Tied-74th. Last week’s winner of Panasonic Open India Chiragh Kumar (77), Kapil Kumar (78), Jyoti Randhawa (79), Himmat Rai (79) and Rahil Gangjee (81) struggled and will need to work hard to make the cut on Friday.
Play was suspended for the day due to darkness but when the sirens went off to signal the suspension of play, there were still 21 players yet to complete their first round and will resume play at 7:30am