The Indian trio had a bad start at the ASI Scottish Open
NORTH BERWICK: The Indian trio of Shubhankar Sharma , Gaganjeet Bhullar & SSP Chawrasia On Thursday he could not capitalize on the perfect scoring conditions, as they made a stuttering start on Day One of the ASI Scottish Open here.
Sharma, who seemed to be getting along fine at two-under, finished bogey-bogey to card even par 71 & T-114, while Gaganjeet Bhullar was one-over through 11 holes & SSP Chawrasia was also one-over with only three holes left.
The efforts of the first day left the Indians with a lot of work to do in the second round, since the excellent conditions in the Renaissance Club led to a series of excellent low scores.
No less than four players -- Englishman Andy Sullivan, Scotsman Jamie Donaldson, Finn Kalle Samooja & South African Thomas Aiken finished their first round at seven-under.
Three others, England's Lee Slattery, Italian Nino Bertasio & Frenchman Romain Wattel were also seven under.
Slattery had one hole to go, Bertasio had four & Wattel had two left.
Matt Kuchar, winner of Hero Challenge, was six-under through 14 holes, & looked set to challenge for leadership, while top draw Rory McIlroy It was three-low through 12.
Twenty-six players were five less or better.
Sharma, the first of the three Indians to tee off, birdied the Par-5 16th & parred the rest of the back nine but saw a lot of action on the second nine. He bogeyed the second, birdied par-3 fifth & Par-5 seventh, but then dropped a shot each on the eighth, which was probably the toughest hole on the course, & the ninth.
"I hit a flyer on eighth & on ninth, a longish (199-yard) Par-3 I missed the green & did not make the up-and-down," said Sharma.
Donaldson & Samooja were bogey free & Samooja had an ace to celebrate, too, on the Par-3 15th.
Sullivan eagled Par-5 16th, & his only dropped shot came on Par-4 eighth. Tenth tee starter Aiken was eight-under through 16 holes but bogeyed Par-4 eighth & parred the last to finish at 64.
Winner of the Open in 2016, the Swedish Henrik Stenson called the day Golf as 'target Golf '.
Stenson, former No. 2 in the world, but now returns after falling to position 44 due to a rupture due to injury. With two Top 10 in the last two starts, including the US Open, it looks good.
The top Asian Tour player was David Lipsky at five-under through 16, while Korea's Wang Jeunghun, Japan's Masahiro Kawamura & Malaysia's Gavin Green, had all shot five-under 67 each to get off to a solid start & were T-27.
Thongchai Jaidee carded 69 to be T-71 & Kiradech Aphibarnrat (71) was 114th alongside Sharma.