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SSP hits a five-under

Nusajaya: SSP Chowrasia played 17 great holes to get to seven-under before giving back two shots on the very last hole at the Iskandar Johor Open here on Thursday.

Chowrasia was still very much in frame at five-under and in tied fourth place in the clubhouse as rain played spoilsport on the opening day at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club. Chowrasia was one of the only 11 groups to have finished their first round, while three other Indians, Digvijay Singh (four-under through 16), Shiv Kapur (3-under through 16) an Jyoti Randhawa (three-under through 17) were quite close to completing their rounds.

Ajeetesh Sandhu and Himmat Rai were one-over after four holes, while Gaganjeet Bhullar had played just one hole for par and Anirban Lahiri was yet to complete a hole.

Daniel Chopra shot a fine four-under 68 at the event where he was second last year.

Asian Tour rookie David Lipsky of the US was leading at eight-under through 16 holes and he was sitting on a two-footer for another birdie to go to nine-under before play was abandoned due to inclement weather on Thursday.

Australia's Unho Park posted a flawless 65 to take second place while Korean-American Kevin Na signed for a 66 to take third place.

Heavy thunderstorms and lightening threats forced play to be suspended at 1.34pm and with heavy rains showing no sign of letting up throughout the afternoon, 84 players will have to return at 7.15am on Friday to resume their round.

Chowrasia, who has not had a top-10 finish since Hero Indian Open last year, had mixed feeling about his round, which looked like a scorching one when he was five-under through seven and turned in six-under. He was then seven-under through 11 holes. (PTI)