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Jeev outshines Woods, Mickelson at Masters

The ace Indian golfer makes a dream debut at the Augusta Masters.

other Updated: Apr 06, 2007, 16:31 IST

Ace Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh made a dream debut at the Augusta Masters.

He carded a creditable level-par 72 to be placed above the likes of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelsen at tied 10th after the opening round on Thursday.

On a day when the famed Augusta National Club bared its teeth, just 14 players shot par or under, Jeev, with four birdies and four bogeys, was three behind the joint-leaders, Justin Rose and Brett Wetterich, who shot 69 each.

Tiger Woods opened with a one-over 73. But then never has he bettered 70 on the Masters opening day in 10 years during which he has won four times.

The first Indian to qualify for the Major, Jeev settled the early butterflies holing a six-foot par putt on the opening hole and then rolled his first birdie of the day at the fourth hole from 10 feet.

From then on he floated on the wings of two other birdies to become the first Indian to find himself atop a leader board in a major albeit briefly.

The second half dashed dreams of an even better finish, but Jeev said, "I will take that score any day. But I must say I was annoyed with the last bogey. Otherwise during a round, you make some and you miss some. That's the way it is in this game."

Jeev played a bogey-free front nine in three-under 33 with birdies on the third, sixth and eighth. However, the course struck back and had its revenge on the back nine, as the greens, where he needed just 11 putts on the front half, took a toll on the back journey.

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