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Ghei in fine nick

Macau: Gaurav Ghei, returning to the Asian Tour for the first time since his win in Beijing last month, shot a flawless six-under in the opening round of the Macau Open golf tournament on Thursday.

Ghei, with his 65 at the Par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club, was one shot behind the sole leader and Asian Tour rookie Australian Leigh McKechnie, whose 64 gave him the lead.

There was lot of good cheer in the Indian camp as Arjun Singh, Digvijay Singh, Uttam Singh Mundy and Rahil Gangjee brought in four-under 67 each and were tied 13th on a good scoring day.

Gaganjeet Bhullar and Sujjan Singh shot one-under 70 each to be tied 51st. Amrtinder Singh and S.S.P. Chowrasia were one-over for tied 90th place, Harmeet Kahlon and Gurbaaz Mann were two-over 73 in 103rd place, and Firoz Ali (74) was tied 114th.

McKechnie was one clear of a bunch of five tied second at 65. The pack included Ghei, Malaysia's Iain Steel, former Macau Open champion Jason Knutzon of the United States, Lu Wen-teh of Chinese Taipei and American Anthony Kang.

Veteran Zhang Lianwei of China was among those two shots behind the leader.

Bad start for Randhawa

At Dublin, Jyoti Randhawa had a horrendous return to the European Tour as he carded a four-over 76 on the opening day of the euro 2.5-million Irish Open.

The Indian ace, who had taken a break from his European sojourn to take part in the PGTI Tour, opened with a triple bogey and ended with a double bogey for a nightmarish round at the Adare Manor golf course.

Peter Hanson was leading the field after firing an unblemished four-under with the last card yet to return.

Jeev Milkha Singh and Shiv Kapur, the other Indians in the fray, are yet to complete their rounds. — PTI

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