TAKE Open: Sujjan, Abhijit share lead after opening round

Sujjan Singh and Abhijit Singh Chadha both carded six-under 66 to finish the day on top of the leaderboard. A total of 36 golfers enjoyed sub-par rounds.

Sujjan Singh, tied-first after the first round of the TAKE Solutions golf championship at KGA in Bengaluru.   -  Ashwin Achal

Sujjan Singh and Abhijit Singh Chadha called the shots in the first round of the TAKE Solutions golf championship, held at the KGA course here on Wednesday.

Sujjan and Abhijit both carded six-under 66 to finish the day on top of the leaderboard. A total of 36 golfers enjoyed sub-par rounds.

Sujjan began with three birdies and a bogey in his first nine holes, before kicking into top gear. On the par-4 first hole (Sujjan started on the back-nine), the Noida golfer struck an eagle. After landing his tee-shot on the green, Sujjan found the mark with a 15-feet putt.

He went on to record three birdies, but slipped on the 6th with a bogey. “I did miss a few short putts. If I had made them, it would have been an even better show,” Sujjan said.

Abhijit, on the other hand, had a blemish-free day at the office. His putting and wedge game - which helped him recover from tough positions - came to the fore.

Gaurav Pratap Singh and Honey Baisoya lie one stroke behind the leaders. Shubhankar Sharma, Amardip Sinh Malik, Rahil Gangjee and Angad Cheema (all four-under 68) are tied-fifth.

Favourite S. Chikkarangappa (three-under 69) recouped from a poor start. The local lad went one-over after the first nine, but four birdies in the closing stages helped him move up to tied-ninth.

Fellow Bengaluru pro Khalin Joshi, who was sitting pretty at four-under midway through his round, came undone with two double bogeys in the final four holes. He ended on two-under 70. Past master Jyoti Randhawa carded a three-under 69.



The scores (first round, top-five): 66: Sujjan Singh, Abhijit Singh Chadha; 67: Gaurav Pratap Singh, Honey Baisoya; 68: Amardip Sinh Malik, Shubhankar Sharma, Angad Cheema, Rahil Gangjee.