Sandhu leads the way #PanasonicOpenIndia

New Delhi, Nov 2: In-form Ajeetesh Sandhu of India set the early pace by signing for an opening eight-under-par 64 at the Panasonic Open India which teed off at the Delhi Golf Club on Thursday.

Sandhu, who earned his breakthrough in Chinese Taipei last month, continued his rich vein of form with an encouraging start at the US$400,000 event where he marked his card with seven birdies, one eagle and one bogey on the par-three four.

“I’m playing well and I’ll take every shots as it comes. It’s always important for me to play well at home as I’ve a lot of supporters this week and it’ll be nice to reward them with something special,” said Sandhu.

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand

Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand

Aman Raj also enjoyed a promising start with a 66 that placed him just two shots back of Sandhu.

The 22-year-old holds a distinguished amateur record and will be hoping to replicate that form now that he has joined the play-for-play ranks last year.

“Winning as an amateur and winning as a professional are two different things. I just have to keep calm and keep doing the right things,”said Raj.

Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant showed he can still match up against his younger rivals as he continues his chase for this 19th Asian Tour win even as he approaches his 51st birthday next month.

The veteran returned with a 67 that has put him in the mix.

“I’m still fit and strong and can give these younger boys a run for their money. My experience on the golf course is invaluable,” said Thaworn.

The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.