SSP Chowrasia was off to a dream start in the BMW PGA Championship with a 67 at the Wentworth Club on Thursday. Midway through the first round, Chowrasia was tied third and shared the spot with two others.
Danny Willett squeezed in nine birdies in a six-under 65 to take the lead. The 22-year-old Briton, a former Walker Cup team mate of world number nine Rory McIlroy, was one stroke ahead of Australian Richard Green.
Among the other Indians in the fray, Jyoti Randhawa was two-over after nine holes to be joint 93rd while Shiv Kapur had a nightmarish round of eight-over 79 to languish close to the bottom at T144.
While the little-known Willett was feasting on the new-look West Course, some of the bigger names went through a bit of a famine.
World number six Ian Poulter slumped to a seven-over 78, talented German Martin Kaymer had a 76 and former Ryder Cup player Darren Clarke slid to a 75. World number seven Ernie Els, who masterminded the changes, opened with a 69 while triple major winner Padraig Harrington carded a triple-bogey eight at the 17th on the way to a level-par 71.
Sayed, Honey on top
Sayed Ahmad, who started Thursday at the Ootacumund Golf Club in second position in Category A (16-18 years), returned with a card of one-under 71 to lead after Day III of the Toyota Etios Junior Golf Tour.
In Category B (14-16 years), Honey Baisoya returned with a card of one-over 73 to finish at top with a three-day total of 14-over par 230. In Category C (14-12 years), Viraj Madappa maintained his lead after finishing with a card of four-over 76.
In Category D (10-12 years), second-placed Harshjeet Sethi replaced overnight leader Devansh Chaddha with a card of 12-over 84.