Jammu: Chandigarh’s Yuvraj Singh Sandhu and Delhi’s Arjun Prasad enjoyed the joint lead at the end of round one of the J&K Open 2022 presented by Jammu and Kashmir Tourism as the PGTI made its debut at the Jammu Tawi Golf Course.
On a high-scoring day which produced only nine under-par scores, Yuvraj and Arjun, who were playing in the same group, struck scores of three-under 69 to lead the 126-man field by a margin of one shot.
The five players tied in third place at two-under 70 were Delhi’s Shamim Khan, Chandigarh’s Harendra Gupta, Bengaluru’s Khalin Joshi, Lucknow’s Sanjeev Kumar and Bangladesh’s Jamal Hossain.
Among the prominent names, Rashid Khan (72) was tied 10th, Udayan Mane (73) was tied 19th, defending champion Honey Baisoya (74) was tied 26th and Manu Gandas (75) was tied 32nd.
Bhawani Singh Parmar (78) of Jammu was the best-placed among the professionals from J&K as he occupied tied 55th position.
Yuvraj Singh Sandhu, currently second on the PGTI Order of Merit, began the week with a bogey on the 10th but fought back with five birdies thereafter including a chip-in on the 17th, two good chip-putts and a 12-feet conversion on the seventh. Yuvraj finally closed the round with a bogey on the ninth.
Sandhu said, “I missed a few fairways today but I managed myself well in those situations. It’s a tight course and the tee shots are demanding. There’s a premium on hitting the maximum number of fairways.”