Noida, April 19: Noida’s Amardeep Malik and Gurugram’s Manu Gandas scored seven-under 65s to take the joint lead in the first round of the 2022 Delhi-NCR Open, a Rs. 40 lakh event, played at the Noida golf course.
Md Zamal Hossain Mollah from Bangladesh, Abhijit Singh Chadha from Chandigarh and Shivendra Singh Sisodia from Gurugram came in third with equivalent scores of 66.
Malik, a two-time PGTI winner, got off to a great start at his home course scoring four birdies in his first six holes by hitting his irons well and rolling on his putts. Malik then added another birdie and bogey on the back nine before sinking an eagle on the first hole from four feet.
The 36-year-old Malik’s longest putt of the day was the 15-foot birdie conversion in the second. Malik’s progress slowed thereafter as his putter went cold in the front nine as he missed some short putts.
Manu Gandas started his tournament with an eagle in the first, where he had a lucky break after his shot bounced off a tree and back into the fairway. His second shot landed within a couple of feet of the flag to give him the ideal start.
Gandas, a two-time PGTI winner, then added six more birdies and a bogey to his card when he went 5-under on all four par-5s. second shot.
Among the pre-tournament favourites, Yuvraj Singh Sandhu started with a 73 to tie for 48th, while defending champion Udayan Mane signed a 74 to tie for 65th.