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Hie leads, Thais and Indians in chase at Classic Golf & Country Club Championship

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Rory Hie in action on Thursday.
Rory Hie in action on Thursday.

Gurugram: Indonesia’s Rory Hie, still searching for his maiden Asian Tour win, was chased hard by three Thais and a couple of Indians, Aadil Bedi and Aman Raj, at the end of the first day of the $ 300,000 Classic Golf & Country Club International Championship 2019 on Thursday.current sports news

Hie shot eight-under 64, including a five-under 31, on the back nine of the course, while three Thais, Sattaya Supupramai, who has been coming to India each year since 2008, Suradit Yongcharoenchai and Kwanchai Tannin were on six-under 66s at Tied-second place.

The two Indians, Aadil Bedi and Aman Raj, along with Swede Andras Gronkvist were lying Tied-fifth with scores of 67 each.current sports news

None of the top seven players have won on the Asian Tour. Tannin’s two professional wins have both come this year on the All Thailand Golf Tour, while Suradit has not won a pro event on a recognized Tour.

Supupramai, whose younger brother is also in the field, has won three times, all of them on the Asian Development Tour. The last of those successes was in 2014.

Aman Raj, 24, who topped the Indian PGTI Q-School in 2016, won his maiden pro event on the Indian Tour in Jaipur last year. Gronkvist’s lone pro win came on China Tour last year, while Bedi is looking for his first pro win.

After Aman Raj and Bedi, the next highest placed Indian players were Rashid Khan, 44-year-old veteran Ranjit Singh, Abhijit Chandha and Himmat Rai.

They all shot four-under 68s and were part of a 10-strong group in Tied eighth. Rashid and Himmat were the highest placed players with an Asian Tour win. Himmat won the Singapore Classic in 2011, while Rashid won the SAIL Open and the Chiangmai Classic in 2014.

A year after turning pro, Hie came to India for the 2009 SAIL Open at this very course. Hie, who is yet to win on Asian Tour, recalled that saying, “That was the year when Chapchai (Nirat) won and set the world record (of 32-under). The rough now makes it so much more difficult. If you don’t hit it on the fairway, you got to scramble and make par.”

The top 65 and ties will make the cut.

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Bogey-free 67 lifts Shubhankar to tied 9th at BMW PGA Championship

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Shubhanka Sharma.

Wentworth (United Kingdom): Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma fired a bogey-free five-under 67 in the second round to be placed tied ninth with a total of six-under at the BMW PGA Championship.

Shubhankar wore a big smile as he walked off the Wentworth Golf Club.

Still smarting under the triple bogey he suffered on the first day and ended with 71, Shubhankar is now six-under and was happy with his play as he was bogey free.

Shubhankar was in the top-10 at tied ninth though there were many players yet to finish.

The other Indian in action, SSP Chawrasia (72-78) however missed the cut.

Jon Rahm (66-67) and Danny Willett (68-65) were the co-leaders at 11-under, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout (68-67) and Justin Rose (67-68) were nine-under and were tied third.

Speaking of his game, Shubhankar said: “Pretty happy with no bogey and I started well with a good 7-Iron to five feet. Then followed a few good pars and four more birdies.

“The key was good putting, actually pretty much everything fell in the slot today. I was finding more fairways, iron play was better and overall I hit much better today than the first day.”

He picked the first and 14th as the two best birdies.

He also admitted conditions were easier in the morning as towards the end of his round, wind started to pick up.

“Six-under for two rounds after a triple on first day felt good and lunch will taste better,” said Shubhankar, who at the Pro-Am was presented with his ‘Rookie of the Year’ for 2018 Trophy by Keith Pelley, the Chief Executive of European Tour.

Following his opening 66 on Thursday, Henrik Stenson praised the greenkeepers, complimenting them on “a great job with the course”.

This year’s date change, with the event switching from May to September, has led to compliments from many, but the West Course has been receiving praise since it underwent a significant renovation in 2016.

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Shubhankar Sharma tied 42nd, Chawrasia tied 69th at BMW PGA Championship

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Wentworth (United Kingdom): Shubhankar Sharma was tied 42nd on account of a triple bogey with a score of one-under 71 while SSP Chawrasia shot an even par to be tied 69th after opening round of the BMW PGA Championship.

The talented Sharma survived a big blip on the back nine, when he triple bogeyed on the fourth hole which was Par-5.

Sharma was cruising with birdies on 12th, 13th and 18th holes respectively. He added a fourth birdie on second when disaster struck on Par-5 fourth. He also bogeyed the next hole to be suddenly even par. However he fought back with a birdie on Par-4 sixth and ended the day at 71.

“I am proud of the way I hung despite dropping the triple,” said Sharma, who did well for three days last week at the KLM Open before dropping to 40th on the final day.

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Chawrasia had three each of birdies and bogeys.

Matt Wallace delighted the home crowds in the opening round as the 29-year-old carded a flawless seven under 65 to move into a one-shot lead.

On a sunny and hot day, Wallace, who won three of his four European Tour titles in 2018 was the star of the show.

He opened with a birdie three at the first before a stunning eagle-birdie-birdie run from the fourth hole saw him reach the turn in five under par.

The Londoner cruised home with a couple more birdies to move to the top, ahead of Spain’s Jon Rahm and Swede Henrik Stenson on six under par. Their 2018 Ryder Cup-winning team-mate Justin Rose was a shot behind after a five-under 67.

Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Paul Casey and Danny Willett were among the seven players at four-under 68.

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Indian golfers Shubhankar, Chawrasia gear up for PGA Championship

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Surrey: Top Indian golfers Shubhankar Sharma and SSP Chawrasia will face off against the best in business as they begin their campaign at the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Golf Club here on Thursday.

One of the best fields of the year will be on display at the BMW PGA Championship, which will be the first counting tournament in the race to qualify for the 2020 European Ryder Cup Team.

Shubhankar, who featured amongst the top 20 for the most part before faltering on the last day for a T-40 finish at the KLM Open, will be India’s best bet.

Bhullar, who also featured along with Sharma in the tournament, will look to end in a better position after finishing at T-60 at the KLM Open.today’s sports news

Chawrasia, on the other hand, has been struggling with his form and he will need to bring his ‘A’ game to the floor after a T-75 and T-87 finish at the KLM Open and Porsche European Open respectively in the past two weeks.

The tournament will be headlined by FedEx Cup Champion Rory McILroy.

The other major names will include Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, defending champion Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, Andrew Putman and Patrick Reed.

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