Digvijay flies on eagles, grabs joint lead at Thailand Open

Updated: 05 March 2009 14:37 IST

Digvijay Singh set the course ablaze with a flawless seven-under 63 to earn a share of the lead in the weather-disrupted opening round of the Thailand Open

Digvijay flies on eagles, grabs joint lead at Thailand Open

Phuket:

Digvijay Singh set the course ablaze with a flawless seven-under 63, studded with eagles on the first and last hole, to earn a share of the lead in the weather-disrupted opening round of the Singha Thailand Open here on Thursday.

Digvijay, aiming to notch up his maiden Asian Tour title, shares the lead with Australian Mitchell Brown at the USD 500,000 event.

A stroke adrift of the leading duo were Gaganjeet Bhullar and another Australian Unho Park.

Digvijay opened his round with a chip in eagle and finished it off with another eagle.

"I was lucky to start with an eagle and finish with an eagle. On the first hole, I was seven yards off the green and hit a lob wedge from off the fairway and luckily it died in the hole," he said.

"I missed a few putts on the back nine and finally on 18, I made eagle again. I didn't hit a good drive, it was just right off the fairway and I thought the flag was a bit out of reach for me but I hit a rescue from 255 yards and it finished two feet," he added.

Together with his brother-in-law Jyoti Randhawa, Digvijay has been soaking in the holiday atmosphere in Phuket and hopes that the relaxed attitude would take him to a first Asian Tour victory.

In between the two eagles, Digvijay struck birdies on the third, fourth and eight holes.

After Digvijay and Gaganjeet, Himmat Rai was the next best-placed Indian at tied sixth after carding a five-under 65.

Amandeep Johl carded a three-under 67 for a share of the 21st spot alongside India-born Swede Daniel Chopra. Randhawa, Anirban Lahiri and Rahil Gangjee were a further stroke adrift at the tied 36th spot.

Shiv Kapur had a disappointing day and was placed at the joint 53rd spot with a card of one-under 69.

Gaurav Ghei and Chiragh Kumar struggled with opening round cards of two-over 72 that left them below the projected cutline.



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