Jeev 27th after first round
Difficult windy conditions saw Jeev Milkha Singh mess up his back nine with three bogeys and a double bogey and ended with a three-over 74 on the first day of the Volvo Masters of Europe.other Updated: Oct 31, 2008 23:07 IST
Difficult windy conditions saw Jeev Milkha Singh mess up his back nine with three bogeys and a double bogey and ended with a three-over 74 on the first day of the Volvo Masters of Europe on Thursday. That left him in tied 27th place, as Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark led the field with a six-under 65.
Jeev, who won the event in 2006, had a birdie on the sixth on the front nine and turned in one-under, but then dropped bogeys on 11th, 13th and 15th and a double bogey on 16th before salvaging a consolation birdie on 18th. Kjeldsen was three shots ahead of Sergio Garcia (68).
The Dane handled the difficult conditions well to shoot 65 in the event which has the top 60 players on the Order of Merit starting.
Four players Robert Karlsson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez are all still in the running for the Harry Vardon trophy. Garcia, who won the Castello Masters last week on his home course, is a shot ahead of England’s David Lynn and Anthony wall.
On a day when birdies were proving difficult to come by Kjeldsen made eight of them thanks to some tremendous putting and pinpoint accuracy from the tee.
Despite only managing a 73 Karlsson is still looking good for the money list crown as Harrington, Westwood and Jimenez are not where they need to be.
The Swede’s round was slipping away from him when he drove into bushes on the long 11th, but the marshal risked cutting himself by crawling in to retrieve the ball.
It meant Karlsson did not have to go all the way back to the tee, and after salvaging a par on the hole he birdied the 15th and 18th for an inward 34.
Meanwhile on Friday heavy rain caused the second round of the Volvo Masters to be suspended on Friday
Jeev plots late Merit assault on Brown
Table-topper Mark Brown certainly cannot take things for granted as Jeev Milkha Singh promised a late assault for Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown when the seasoned Indian returns to the region for the big-money events over the coming weeks.
Jeev, Asia’s number one in 2006, trails Brown of New Zealand by a little over $150,000 but he knows that the next three tournaments in Asia, offering a combined purse of $12.5 million, will certainly change the make-up of the merit list.
The Asian Tour will head to the $5 million HSBC Champions in Shanghai next week, followed by the $5 million Barclays Singapore Open and $2.5 million UBS Hong Kong Open.
“Mark and I have a good contest going and I know just how determined he is to win the number one title just as I am to do the same,” said Jeev.