Bhullar opens with a solid 69 at BMW International in Munich

Gaganjeet Bhullar was the best placed Indian when play was suspended following inclement weather with the threat of lightning.

India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar carded a three-under 69 on the back of an eagle to lie tied sixth at the end of the first round of the BMW International Open golf tournament in Munich.

Bhullar was the best placed Indian when play was suspended following inclement weather with the threat of lightning. All total two hours and 54 minutes of play was lost in the day.

Of the other two Indians in the field, S. S. P. Chawrasia shot a one-over 73 while Shiv Kapur carded a five-over 77.

Bhullar, who is 77th in the Race to Dubai rankings and is trying to get into the top 60 for the DP World Tour Championships, birdied the sixth and seventh and then landed an eagle on a par-five before dropping a bogey on the par-four 14th.

Martin Kaymer delighted the home fans with a bogey-free 67 that left him just one shot off the lead before play was suspended.

An elite field had gathered at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried and two-time Major champion Kaymer took big crowds with him as he moved to five-under, just one shot behind Andrea Pavan.

When play ended, nobody was able to get past Pavan’s 66 with 33 players yet to complete the first round.

England’s Lee Westwood — a ten-time Ryder Cup player — and Dane Jeff Winther were at four-under, a shot clear of a group containing defending champion and world no. 24 Matt Wallace.