India’s Anirban Lahiri lifted home spirits when he posted a sparkling seven-under-par 65 to take the first-round lead at the SAIL-SBI Open on Wednesday.
Canada’s Ron Harvey Jr carded a 66 to take second place, while Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg signed for a 67 to take third place at the Delhi Golf Club.
Australia’s Scott Hend, who is seeking his second Asian Tour win, returned with a 68 to take a share of fourth place alongside four Indians at the US$300,000 full field Asian Tour event.
Lahiri was clearly delighted with his opening performance as he had previously said he found the playing conditions at the Delhi club tough.
“I’ve been getting more and more comfortable at Delhi Golf Club and when I come here, I feel positive now,” said Lahiri, who lifted his maiden title at the golf course last year.
“I feel that I’m in better control of my game plan and I’m more assured of what to hit off the tee,” he said.
Lahiri is confident of continuing his assured performance as the week goes on.
“I’m just happy that I played well today and I hope that I can just come out tomorrow and play another solid round of golf,” he said.
Meanwhile Harvey, who played his way into the region’s elite circuit by finishing in tied-16th at Qualifying School last month, was happy that his rookie season was getting off to a good start.
Taiwan’s Sung Mao-chang, Chang Tse-peng, Lu Tze-shyan and Hsu Chia-jen all failed to make the cut.