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Grillo in lead; Sandhu best home golfer at Indian Open

IANS  |  Gurugram 

Argentine carded seven-under 65 to take the lead, while turned out to be India's best with a 68 to be tied seventh in the opening round of the $1.75 million Hero Indian Open here on Thursday.

After a birdie and a bogey at his opening two holes, one-time winner racked up seven birdies before signing for a 65, which ties the course record at the Gary layout of the DLF and Country Club.

"I almost had to play perfect out there. It's a very difficult course. I'm very happy with the way I handled myself out there. It was very tough and I was able to make some good putts and hit the fairways when I needed to," he said.

"I shot seven-under-par, but I think anywhere else it would have been close to a 59. It was definitely a magnificent round of Every tee shot, every second shot, you don't want to miss it in the wrong place."

The World No.76 currently leads by two shots against of the United States, Italy's and Spain's

The Spaniard took an estimated 13 minutes to get out of the bed and reach his tee at the DLF and Country Club. Woken up by an official, he had what he called "a ten-second shower", making a mad dash to the course. "My lovely new went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee-time," he said.

Peterson, who won his first title in this year, had a near flawless round, carding six birdies against a lone bogey.

Sandhu scored four birdies against a bogey on the 14th to share the seventh spot with Scotland's

and were at five-under till the 17 and 16 holes respectively when the play was suspended due to darkness. A total of 24 golfers have not completed the opening rounds.

Nne players share ninth place, including players of and Panuphol Pittayarat of

Among the Indians, Udayan Mane and Neveed Kshitiji Kaul were tied 19th with a two-under score after 16 holes each.

Veteran was tied 26th with a 71, while Khalin Joshi, Jyoti Randhawa, and shared the 37th spot on even-par 72.

One shot behind them was Shubhankar Sharma. Defending champion Chawrasia got two-over 74 to be tied 73rd.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 20:52 IST