New Delhi : This year's Indian Open Golf tournament is the richest in terms of prize money. And co-incidentally, Arjun Atwal was the firm favourite going into the opening day. Atwal played cautiously to finish on 2 under par to be tied for 30th. But clearly there is no point counting out the 31-year-old, who made just under $1 million from 17 events on the PGA tour this season. "Yeah, I've come off after almost a month-long lay-off. I was just sitting at home and relaxing and didn't expect much from the opening round anyway. But yes, I'm not out of it by any means," says Atwal. Challenging course The other strong contender from India, Jyoti Randhawa, finished only marginally better at 3 under, tied 18th overall. "It's a very challenging course here. You have to hit it straight. Moreover it's a very strong field here," says Randhawa. But the best placed Indian on the leader board was Digvijay Singh, the Delhi lad carding a 6-under 66 to finish tied third behind Craig Warren and leader Anura Rohana of Sri Lanka. "I made the odd bogey, but overall it was quite a satisfying round. I hit the ball very well," says Singh. Anura Rohana finished on top after Round 1 of the Indian Open, which is also India's oldest international tournament. The Indian stars like Atwal and Randhawa may have played it safe in the opening round, but they will fancy their chances over the weekend.
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