India’s Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia turned in a bogey-free round after a long time as he carded four-under 68. With this, he has tied fifth at the first day of the ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth Golf tournament in Perth on Thursday.
Chawrasia, who missed the cut in the last two events played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, started from the back nine and bogeyed twice in each of the halves at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Notably, SSP Chawrasia was the best Indian among the six players who have teed off this week at the event.
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How other Indian Golfers Performed
Ajeetesh Sandhu (71) was tied 36th while Shiv Kapur, Khalin Joshi and S Chikkarangappa were all tied at 76th spot with scores of 73 each. Viraj Madappa trailed at 74.
Kapur had seven birdies, but he also had four bogeys and two double bogeys in the round, where he parred only five of the 18 holes.
Chawrasia was three shots behind Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena, who went on an amazing seven-hole birdie blitz to set the early pace alongside Norway’s Kristoffer Reitan.
Elated Chawrasia Hopes of a Good Tournament Ahead
Golf champion’s last victory on the Asian Tour came in 2017 when he won the Hero Indian Open. Chawrasia is a six-time Asian Tour winner.
He credited his putting, where he made a total of 28 putts to put himself into an encouraging position after day one.
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“I’m happy to have returned with a bogey-free round today. I have been working on my putting for the last few months and it’s finally paying off this week. So if I can continue to do the same, I’ll have a good chance,” he said.
Tabuena Equals Birdie Record at the Tournament
Early leader Tabuena started his round with seven straight birdies and added another on the 18th hole to reach the turn in 28, which matched the Asian Tour’s record for the lowest nine-hole score in relation to par.
Tabuena then got to nine-under-par after 10 holes with another birdie on the first hole to lead by five shots at that stage.
But he dropped two shots on holes five and nine before signing for a seven-under-par 65.
Reitan, who is playing in his rookie season on the European Tour, also had eight birdies and one bogey.
New Zealand’s Ben Campbell posted a 67 to share third place with England’s Richard McEvoy.
Tabuena is the second player to start with seven straight birdies on the Asian Tour after Thailand’s Danthai Boonma had achieved a similar feat at the TAKE Solutions Masters last year.
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