Andalucia Masters: Shubhankar, Gaganjeet lag behind after poor opening round

Shubhankar slumps to an 8-over 79, while Bhullar cards an 11-over 82 in the opening round of the Andalucia Masters in Sotogrande, Spain.

Shubhankar Sharma registered six bogeys and a double in the opening round of Andalucia Masters. - GETTY IMAGES (FILE)

Indian golfers Shubhankar Sharma and Gaganjeet Bhullar endured a disappointing opening round at the Andalucía Masters. Shubhankar slumped to an 8-over 79, while Bhullar carded an 11-over 82 in Sotogrande, Spain, on Thursday.

Shubhankar had six bogeys and a double and no birdies in one of his worst rounds of the season. Bhullar, on the other hand, had one birdie, three bogeys, three doubles, and one triple.

Rafa Cabrera Bello began his quest for back-to-back victories on home soil in style as he carded a three-under 68. The Spaniard, who won his fourth European Tour title at the Acciona Open de Espana, carded four birdies at the formidable Real Club Valderrama and was one of just nine players to sign for an under-par round.

The 37-year-old is one stroke behind Frenchman Julien Guerrier, who equalled his best European Tour finish in the Spanish capital last week when he finished T3 behind Cabrera Bello.

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After his four-under-par round of 67, Guerrier holds a first-round lead on the European Tour for the first time in his career. Sitting in third is Guerrier's compatriot Romain Langasque, who carded a two-under-par 69. Soren Kjeldsen, winner of the 2008 Volvo Masters at Valderrama, is one of seven players in a share of fourth on one under par.

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin is also one under par with one hole to play after the first round was suspended due to darkness in Sotogrande.

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