Kochhar hits 67, T-3rd in Chinese Taipei

Linkou (Chinese Taipei), Sep 5

India's Karandeep Kochhar birdied each of the 4-par-5s to open his campaign at the Yeangder TPC with a solid 5-under 67 that placed him tied-3rd after a rain-hit first round here on Thursday.

The 20-year-old from Chandigarh was among the five players who completed their rounds at 5-under.

Playing partners Wang Wei-hsuan and Lien Lu-sen of Chinese Taipei are on 6-under-par through 13 holes, while countryman Lee Chieh-po trails the duo by two shots after nine.

Long-hitting Karandeep started from the back nine and had three birdies against one bogey and on the back nine had two birdies, both on par-5s and then closed the day with a birdie on par-4 ninth. Among other Indians, who had finished play, Abhijit Chadha and S Chikkarangappa shot 2-under 70 each, while 2017 winner Ajeetesh Sandhu started with 1-under 71, as did Aman Raj. Jeev Milkha Singh shot even-par-72. 

Other Indians who are yet to complete their rounds are Shiv Kapur, Chiragh Kumar, Khalin Joshi, Viraj Madappa and Aadil Bedi. — PTI

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