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Kapur sizzles, Jyoti steady

other Updated: May 26, 2007 02:53 IST

A brilliant run on the back nine with four birdies saw Shiv Kapur opened the BMW PGA Championships of Europe in style with a superb five-under 67 that put him in tied third place after the first round.

The 25-year-old Kapur played in the afternoon session, while earlier in the day, Jyoti Randhawa shot a four-under 68 that gave him a share of the seventh place at the West Course at Wentworth Club. Things were however not so good for Jeev Milkha Singh, who stumbled to a 77.

England’s Justin Rose stole a march as he shared lead with fellow Englishman Paul Broadhurst after a great first round. The pair shot 66 each to take the lead.

Chopra opens with two-over 72

Fortworth: Daniel Chopra opened his campaign at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial with a two-over 72 on the opening day.

The Indo-Swede started the day with back to back birdies on first and second holes, but thereafter his form slipped. He bogeyed the sixth and seventh, birdied the eighth but again bogeyed the ninth and turned in even par 35. On the back nine, he bogeyed 13th and 15th and had no birdies for a 72.

Among other Asians, Korea’s Choi Kyung-ju posted a 67 to lie in tied ninth spot while Kevin Na was four under after eight holes before play was suspended due to inclement weather in the first round.

Anthony Kim took the clubhouse lead with a 63.

Atwal starts with an even par 72 Mitchville: Arjun Atwal carded an even par 72 in the first round of the Melwood Prince George’s County Open here.

Atwal was lying tied 71st after first round.

Jay Williamson, Jon Mills and Jimmy Walker hold a one-stroke lead over a group of eight players at the top of the leaderboard in the inaugural $600,000 event.