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Viraat on track this time

other Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:12 IST

Promising golfer Viraat Badhwar became the first Indian to win the Callaway World Junior Championship after carding a four-under 68 in the final round at the Riverwalk Golf Club, San Diego, California.

The 13-year-old, who returned cards of 69 and 71 in the earlier two rounds on the par-72 course, sank five birdies and an eagle against three bogeys to total eight-under 208 and notch up a solitary stroke win over USA’s Rico Hoey (66) in 13-14 years boys’ category.

It was sweet revenge for the Indian as in 2006, Hoey had pipped him to the top spot at the Welk Resorts San Diego Fountain Executive Course.

The talent was in place but luck eluded Badhwar in the World Junior Championship. Five times he was among the top-seven, including two second-spot finishes. Badhwar set the record straight this time.

Jeev tied 40th after R1

Reno: Jeev Milkha Singh carded a topsy-turvy even-par 72 to be tied for the 40th spot after the opening round of the PGA Tour’s $3.5 million Reno-Tahoe Open.

The other Indian in the fray, Shiv Kapur was a couple of strokes adrift at tied 50th after dropping four bogeys and a double bogey against five birdies.