Chikkarangappa hits 64 to share joint lead

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29 Nov 2018, 22:07 IST

By Kushan Sarkar

Anahita (Mauritius), Nov 29 (PTI) India’s S Chikkarangappa had an excellent opening day as he hit 64 to share the joint lead with Victor Perez within the AfrAsia Financial institution Mauritius Open Thursday.

Chikka birdied two of his last three holes to complete the day on eight beneath together with Perez, whereas Jaco Van Zyl hit 65 to remain one shot off the leaders.

Perez had a hat trick of birdies throughout the again 9 as he shot 32 to finish on a excessive. He had birdies on the 13th, 16th and 18th gap.

Van Zyl had Masahiro Kawamura and Kurt Kityama for firm with rounds of 65 whereas Englishman Lee Slattery was two strokes behind him at 67.

Defending champion Daniel Fritteli began off with a 69 together with Ernie Els for firm.

The 25-year-old Chikkarangappa was good from tee to inexperienced all through the day, which led to a bogey-free spherical on the 4 Seasons Golf Membership.

Chikkarangappa’s confidence is sky-high after making changes to his swing. The Indian golfer, who was victorious at an occasion on his native circuit just lately, is set to finish his season on a excessive by profitable the AfrAsia Financial institution Mauritius Open, or one of many remaining tournaments on the Asian Tour schedule.

Kurt Kitayama of the US, Masahiro Kawamura of Japan and Jaco Van Zyl of South Africa had been one shot behind the leaders in tied-third.

Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski, who gained on the Asian Tour for the primary time this season, can also be proper within the combine after carding a 67 to complete the day in tied-sixth.

Justin Harding of South Africa continued his resplendent kind this season and signed for a 67.

Harding, third on the Asian Tour Habitat for Humanity Standings, obtained away with a bogey on the 16th after a wayward drive. He left the golf course with a broad smile on his face after chipping in for eagle on the 18th

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