Date: March 15, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Aussie duo six shots adrift in India

Thailand&aposs Chinnarat Phadungsil surged five shots clear on top of the leaderboard after round one at the Avantha Masters, while Australians Scott Hend and Scott Barr closed the day six strokes adrift. Phadungsil blitzed the field with a superb round of 61 that included 11 birdies, with eight of those coming on the back nine at the Jaypee Greens Golf Club. He was just one shot away from equalling the Asian Tour&aposs low 18-hole score record as he amassed only 22 putts in his round. Phadungsil has three Asian Tour titles to his name but is still seeking a maiden European Tour triumph. Five players share second place at six-under, including Thai duo Chawalit Plaphol and Chapchai Nirat, Swede Magnus Carlsson, China&aposs Wenchong Liang and local hope Abhijit Chadha. Hend and Barr were the pick of the Australians on day one of the tournament, with both players shooting 67s. Hend birdied four of his opening five holes, while Barr sunk five successive birdies after parring his first hole of the day. Finland&aposs Joonas Granberg and Jaakko Makitalo, South African Thomas Aiken, Scot David Drysdale, Rikard Karlberg of Sweden and Indian Rashid Khan joined the pair in an eight-way tie for seventh place in Delhi. Brett Rumford, winner of three European Tour events, was the next-best Australian on Thursday after carding a four-under 68 – leaving him in a 15-player logjam alongside Englishman David Howell. Sydney golfer Darren Beck is three-under, while Kieran Pratt (71), Marcus Both (72), Wade Ormsby (73), Kunal Bhasin (74), Andrew Dodt (75) and Unho Park (75) were further down the leaderboard.