Mani Ram dominates round one with a nine-under 63 in Gurgaon Open

Nuh (Haryana), Apr 16 (PTI) Haryana’s Mani Ram dominated round one with a scorching nine-under 63 to lead by two shots at Rs 1 crore Gurgaon Open being played at the Classic Golf & Country Club here on Tuesday.

The Bengaluru-based C Muniyappa fired a seven-under 65 to be placed second on a windy day with the sun and clouds playing hide and seek.

M Dharma, another Bengaluru golfer and Chandigarh’s Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal, were a further shot back in tied third place.

Mani Ram, currently 13th on the TATA Steel PGTI Ranking with a runner-up finish to his credit this season, started his birdie-run on the third hole, followed by a long conversion on the fourth and an accurate approach that led to a tap-in on the sixth.

The 42-year-old Mani Ram, a three-time winner on the PGTI Feeder Tour, then rose further on the leaderboard with three more birdies on the eighth, ninth and 10th.

His lone bogey on the 11th was an aberration as Mani Ram came roaring back with a chip-in for birdie on the 13th and eagle and birdie on the next two holes, where he left himself putts within five feet.

Mani Ram saved par on the 16th with a 30-feet conversion. However, he missed out on a birdie from five feet on the 18th that could’ve seen him equal the 2009 course record of 62 jointly held by Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and India’s Anirban Lahiri.

Mani Ram said, “I couldn’t have asked for a better opening round. It’s my career-best score. My confidence has been sky-high this season due to my good hitting form. The putting has been a bit up and down, but today even my putter was hot.

“It was after my third birdie of the day on the sixth that I felt I could go really low today. The rest of the day then went as per my plan and that helped me get to 63.” Muniyappa’s 65 was an error-free round as he made five birdies on the back-nine and followed that up with two more on the front-nine.

Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal and M Dharma produced rounds of 66 which were also bogey-free efforts.

Source: PTI News


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