Chawrasia cards an impressive 69 on return after recovering from Covid-19

42-year-old golfer lies tied-21st at the end of opening round in Scottish Championship; Shubhankar tied-46

Chawrasia cards an impressive 69 on return after recovering from Covid-19

SSP Chawrasia sank six birdies in his opening round at Scottish Championship. File Photo

St Andrews (Scotland), October 16

Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia returned to action in style after recovering from coronavirus infection as he carded a 3-under 69 in the first round of the inaugural Scottish Championship here.

The 42-year-old, who had successfully fought against COVID-19 in August, had six birdies against three bogeys that placed him tied-21st in the first round.

Shubhankar Sharma (71) was tied-46 and Gaganjeet Bhullar (75) was tied-83 as Spaniard Adrian Otaegui shot a 10-under 62 to lead by three shots over Matt Wallace and South African Bryce Easton, who fired a 67 each.

Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington came back with a 6-under 66 and was tied-fourth.

Chawrasia, who last played a competitive round in March at the Qatar Masters, opened with a birdie and was 3-under through six holes, before he dropped three bogeys in four holes between the 5th and 8th.

Birdies on the 11th and 16th repaired some of that damage and he finished at 3-under 69.

"Considering how long it has been since I played a tournament, it was a decent start. Actually, I had begun to find my rhythm and was preparing for Hero Indian Open but then came the lockdown. That took away the momentum. And then I had COVID-19 and my mother too had it. I am glad all that is behind,” said Chawrasia.

On his round, Chawrasia said, "Things were great at 3-under through six holes. But I had two not very good chips from close to the green and when I did hit one fine, I missed a smallish putt for bogey.”

“I am happy I played myself back into the round on back nine with two birdies and no bogeys. I have played a lot around St Andrews but never at Fairmont so it was a new Links course for me. After a Covid test and then staying at the hotel at Fairmont, it has been good and adjusted to it. Hopefully things will be as well over the next three days.”  

Sharma, after two bogeys in his first three holes, ended at 1-under 71 while Bhullar, who is having a rough run, opened with a double bogey and then had a run of three bogeys in a row from 1st to 3rd. He birdied the 18th and the 6th.

Otaegui shot an impressive bogey-free opening round of 62. A hat-trick of birdies at the beginning of both nines helped the two-time European Tour winner set a target of 10 under par at Fairmont St Andrews. Englishman Matt Wallace and Bryce Easton were at 7-under par.

Harrington and English trio of Garrick Porteous, Chris Paisley and Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open champion Aaron Rai are a shot further back after opening rounds of 66. PTI

Don't Miss

Arrival of pets has been the exact disruption we needed

Arrival of pets has been the exact disruption we needed

Modi to Ganguly, how different is BCCI?

Modi to Ganguly, how different is BCCI?

Sins of the father & the aftermath

Sins of the father & the aftermath

Summer of 69, in Himalayas

Summer of 69, in Himalayas

Congress in need of overhaul

Congress in need of overhaul

Top Stories

Delhi Chalo march LIVE: Farmers reach near Delhi borders; face water cannons, tear gas

Delhi Chalo march LIVE: Farmers reach near Delhi borders; face water cannons, tear gas

Bhartiya Kisan Union (Haryana) leader Gurnam Singh welcomed ...

Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers

Langar preparations under way to serve thousands of protesting farmers

Other special committees are serving food to thousands of un...

Supreme Court questions FIR against Arnab Goswami

Supreme Court questions FIR against Arnab Goswami

A Bench headed by Justice DY Chandracuhd says prima facie th...

Kangana bungalow demolition smacks of malice, says Bombay High Court

Kangana bungalow demolition smacks of malice, says Bombay High Court

Ranaut had sought Rs 2 crore in damages from the BMC and urg...

Navy's MiG-29K fighter jet crashes into sea near Goa

Navy's MiG-29K fighter jet crashes into sea near Goa

Search is on for one of the two pilots who had ejected

Cities

View All