Indian golfer Jyoti Randhawa completed a marvellous performance getting a perfect eight-under 64 to have a share of lead in the first round at the USD 1 million Resorts World Manila Masters golf tournament.
The 44-year-old Indian old golfer is part of the Indian team along with Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal. Randhawa was in a five-way lead joined by Lin Wen-tang (China), Rattanon Wannasrichan and Johannes Veerman (US) and Danthai Boonma (Thailand). The event is happening at the Manila Southwoods Golf and Country Club.
Randhawa has also been the Asian Number 1 in 2002. The performance here showed why he is still there among the top guns. He completed five birdies in first seven holes for a 31 and then added 3 more on holes 12, 15 and 18 in his back-nine.
“There was no wind today. It is fairly easy on this golf-course when there’s no wind. It seems to set itself up nicely for my style of play and that helps a bit,” said Randhawa.
“Having said that, you still have to play good golf to do well! I did play some good golf today,” added Randhawa, who has eight Asian Tour titles to his name, but none since 2009 Thailand Open.
Good Indian Day
Overall, it turned out to be a good day for Indians. Chiragh Kumar (67) was tied at 18th, Jeev Milkha Singh, SSP Chawrasia and S Chikkarangappa had 68 each & were tied 26th and Gaganjeet Bhullar and Shubhankar Sharma with 69 each were tied 39th. Daniel Chopra at 69 was also tied 39th.
Shiv Kapur (70), Khalin Joshi (71), Rashid Khan (75) and Himmat Rai (76) were the other Indians in the field.
Co-leader Lin had a lucky eagle on his closing 18th hole. The 42-year-old then moved ahead with 4 birdies in his initial 5 holes. Lin gained further advantage on holes 12, 15 and 16. He did drop a shot on the par-three 17. But managed to recover with an eagle!