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Digvijay begins in style

Digvijay Singh of DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon, came up with his personal best single-round score to emerge leader on the opening day of the 12th Tata Open on Thursday.

Singh shot an impressive eight-under-63 at Golmuri Course. Delhiís Chiragh Kumar and Ranjit Singh of Chandigarh scored six-under-65, also in Golmuri, to be placed joint second along with Bangaloreís M. Dharma, who recorded a six-under-66 at Beldih greens.

On Thursday, one half of the players teed off at 18 holes at the par-72 Beldih, while golfers in the other half completed their rounds at the par-71 Golmuri grounds. On Friday, both halves of the field will switch venues (those who played at Beldih on Day One will play 18 holes at Golmuri on Day Two and vice-versa).

Digvijay, winner of the Asian Tour, wreaked havoc with an eagle and seven birdies. He had a dream start to the week as he was two-on on the par-5 second green and then sank a four-footer for eagle. The 41-year-old went on to convert birdie putts from eight to 15 feet on the fifth, 10th and 11th to move to five-under for the day.

He finished the round in style with birdies on the last three holes. The Gurgaon-based golfer landed his third shot from 110 yards to within five feet for birdie on the 16th. His terrific tee shot on the par-3 17th left him a three-feet birdie putt.

ďIt has been a great start for me. Shooting my personal best is a huge boost as Iíve not been in the best of form over the last few weeks. The 15-feet conversion on the 10th set the ball rolling for me. I didnít expect that putt to go in, but once it did my round just took off from there. I missed a few short putts but made the best of scoring opportunities,Ē said Digvijay.

Defending champion Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka returned a one-over-73 at Beldih to be placed tied 51st.