Fatherhood seemed to have done wonders to Jeev Milkha Singh who brought home a sparkling four-under 68 to grab his slice of the six-way opening round lead in the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai on Thursday.
On a day when blustery conditions caught many a golfer on the wrong foot, Jeev mastered the wind-swept Majlis Course to join playing partner Edoardo Molinari, Walesman Stephen Dodd, Swede Alexander Noren, Race to Dubai leader Charl Schwartzel and defending champion Rory McIlroy at the top.
It was an outstanding display of near-flawless golf by the Indian who recently became a proud father, considering only 12 of the 66 morning starters managed sub-par cards.
Among other Indians in fray, Shiv Kapur laid tied 61st after carding two-over 74th, one shot ahead of Jyoti Randhawa (tied 82nd).
US-based Indian Arjun Atwal and Kolkata pro SSP Chowrasia carded identical five-over 77 to share the 108th place, while Anirban Lahiri (120th) was languishing further one stroke behind.
The day, however, belonged to Jeev and barring the fifth hole bogey, the affable Chandigarh pro did not put a foot wrong today.
He birdied the second hole and the ninth as well to be one-under at the turn.
Jeev began his back nine with a bang, reeling off a hat trick of birdies and parred the final six holes to stay at the top.