Amsterdam: Indian golfers Jeev Milkha Singh (in pic) and SSP Chowrasia made modest starts at the KLM Open, turning in identical one-over 71s in the opening round in Amsterdam.
Both Jeev and Chowrasia shot one-over 71 each to be just outside the projected cut line. They will need better rounds to ensure action over the weekend.
Jeev had three birdies against four bogeys, while Chowrasia had five birdies, four bogeys and a double bogey on par-five 12th.
Meanwhile, Miguel Angel Jimenez continued his excellent recent form to take a one shot lead after the opening round. The 49 year old Spaniard, the European Tour's oldest winner after victory in Hong Kong last year, carded a six-under 64 at Kennemer.
Having broken his leg skiing over the winter, the former Ryder Cup star has made a remarkable recovery and came into the event on the back of top-five finishes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Omega European Masters, as well as being 13th and 29th in the year's two final Majors -The Open Championship and US PGA Championship.
Jimenez birdied three of his first four holes, and after a first bogey of the day at the sixth responded with an approach to five feet at the seventh to get the shot straight back.
He started for home with another bogey at the tenth, but had a tap-in birdie at the long 12th and fired his approach to five feet at the next.
The highlight of the day came when Jimenez holed his pitch shot at the 16th and, having saved par from 12 feet at the 17th, he rolled in an eight footer at the last for the outright lead.
Story first published on: Friday, 13 September 2013 14:32 IST