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AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Chikkarangappa hits 64 to share joint lead

Press Trust of India  |  Anahita (Mauritius) 

India's S Chikkarangappa had a brilliant opening day as he hit 64 to share the joint lead with in the Bank Open Thursday.

Chikka birdied two of his final three holes to finish the day on eight under along with Perez, while Jaco hit 65 to stay one shot off the leaders.

Perez had a hat trick of birdies during the back nine as he shot 32 to end on a high. He had birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th hole.

had and for company with rounds of 65 while Englishman was two strokes behind him at 67.

Defending champion started off with a 69 along with for company.

The 25-year-old Chikkarangappa was brilliant from tee to green throughout the day, which led to a bogey-free round at the Four Seasons Club.

Chikkarangappa's confidence is sky-high after making adjustments to his swing. The Indian golfer, who was victorious at an event on his local circuit recently, is determined to end his season on a high by winning the Bank Open, or one of the remaining tournaments on schedule.

of the United States, of and Jaco of were one shot behind the leaders in tied-third.

Sweden's Malcolm Kokocinski, who won on for the first time this season, is also right in the mix after carding a 67 to finish the day in tied-sixth.

of continued his resplendent form this season and signed for a 67.

Harding, third on Habitat for Humanity Standings, got away with a bogey on the 16th after a wayward drive. He left the course with a broad smile on his face after chipping in for eagle on the 18th.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 22:06 IST