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Sujjan shares 3rd spot

Hong Kong: Sujjan Singh, who hurt himself in a freak accident two years ago, continued his comeback with a fine four-under 66 that gave him a share of the third place at the end of the first round in the Hong Kong Open here on Thursday.

Sujjan was two shots behind Ireland’s David Higgins, who posted a six-under-par 64 to grab the first round lead.

Italy’s Andrea Pavan trailed Higgins by one when he returned with a 65 to take second place, while seven players including Sujjan, Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing and Mardan Mamat, and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat were bunched in equal third on matching 66s.

Two shots behind Sujjan in tied 15th place are Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chowrasia, who cared 68 each, while Shiv Kapur (69) with two double bogeys in last four holes, was tied 27th.

The rest of the Indian contingent struggled on the first day as Jeev Milkha Singh (71) was tied 63rd, Jyoti Randhawa and Himmat Rai were tied 88th at 72 each and last week's winner in Indonesia, Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) was 105th. (PTI)