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REUTERS
March 9, 2018

Grillo grabs early lead at Indian Open

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REUTERS
March 9, 2018

GURGAON, India: Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo set the early pace with a course-record equalling seven-under-par 65 before darkness fell on day one of the Indian Open on Thursday.

Grillo, 25, posted eight birdies to take a two-shot lead ahead of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, Italian Matteo Manassero and American Paul Peterson.The severity of the course DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon, Haryana meant 24 players could not finish their rounds due to the number of rulings required throughout the day.

Frenchman Adrien Saddier was five-under with one hole to play, alongside South Africa’s Keith Horne who was through 16.Larrazabal’s 67, containing nine birdies, was an incredible feat after he almost missed his tee-time due to alarm not going off and a wake-up call from a European Tour official came just 38 minutes before he was due to start his round.

Manassero made the turn in 36 but then came to life on the front-nine with birdies on the first, third, fourth and sixth before a ten-foot putt on the seventh briefly gave him a share of the lead.He dropped a shot on the next but regained it on the ninth to stay in contention after finishing third last year.

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