Soggy conditions no deterrent for Kapil Kumar’s intensity in Pune

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Kapil Kumar, the Round 1 clubhouse leader at the Pune Open, said, "Given the heavy rains and weather conditions, my only agenda was to stick to basics and hit most fairways and greens." Photo: PGTI

Kapil Kumar emerged clubhouse leader at the end of the first day of the sixth Pune Open, carding a seven-under 59 at the Poona Club Golf Course.

Heavy rains over the last few days resulted in waterlogging on some stretches, as a result, Hole No. 5 was reduced from a Par-4 to a Par-3 and Hole No. 6 was not played. Therefore, 17 holes constituted Round One and the par for the course in Round One was 66 instead of the regular 71.

Due to the wet conditions and delayed start, 12 golfers out of a total of 126 were not able to finish Round 1 due to fading light.

Angad Cheema is placed second with a score of six-under 60 while Aalaap I L and  M Dharma are tied for the third spot with identical scores of five-under 61.

 

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Kapil started under challenging weather conditions, but meant business from the word go as he birdied the first, eighth and ninth holes before taking the turn. On his way back to the clubhouse, Kapil birdied the 10th, 12th, 14th and 18th holes to wrap up his first round error-free.

“I am happy with the way I played today. My putting was very good today, and I also hit the ball well. Given the heavy rains and weather conditions, my only agenda was to stick to basics and hit most fairways and greens. I am glad I could execute my strategy on the course. I played my wedges well too,” said Kapil.

 

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Angad began on a shaky note on the other hand, bogeying the first hole. He however came back strongly making birdies on the second, third and seventh holes before dropping a bogey on the ninth. Angad then went all guns blazing on his back nine starting with an eagle on the 10th followed by three more birdies on the 12th, 15th and 18th.