Ajeetesh Sandhu (Ind) First round 64 (-8)
I feel really good to be able to shoot such a low score especially on a challenging golf course like this, which can be really tough. I played really well right from the start. I made the only bogey on the third hole. It was a tough tee shot which went into the rough and I didn’t have a shot from there. So I had to lay out on the green where I hit it to about 15 feet where I missed the putt. It’s going to be more of the same for tomorrow. 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.
Shiv Kapur (Ind) First Round 65 (-7)
If you had given that to me at the start of the day, I would have snapped your hand off! I’ll take 65 any day of the week. That (the par at 14th) was pretty pivotal during the round. I was in between clubs at the 14th and I picked the wrong one. I was trying to do too much with that shot. I played the hole too many times to know that it is not the hole to attack. I made a poor swing and I was lucky to make a par there. To be able to finish with three birdies is a pretty good feeling. There is always pressure. There is even more pressure this week, as Delhi Golf Club is my home club. I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m really eager to win. Perhaps you can call it reverse psychology. I’m playing as though I’m playing with my friends. So, I’m looking to hit more drivers and be more aggressive. Basically, I’m looking to have some fun out there. A good win has eluded me for many years, so maybe a different approach will help. The field is really good. I carded a 65 and I’m not leading; this shows the depth of the field. I’ll push the pedal to the metal and keep going.
Shamim Khan (Ind), First round 66 (-6)
It’s a terrific start at my home course. The run of four birdies at the start (started from 10th) set up the round nicely for me. My hitting was top-class as I found 12 out of the 14 fairways today. I generally use the driver on three holes at the DGC but today I used it on only one hole (1st). I made one subtle change to my game today. When I’m not using a driver at DGC, I generally tee off with the 3-wood off the turf. But today I used my 3-wood with a tee and that gave me more distance, which made a huge difference to my score. My best birdie of the day came on the 11th where I hit my second shot, a rescue, from 200 yards out from a difficult position and landed it within 20 feet. I converted that 20-footer for birdie. I know the DGC course at the back of my hand, but still cannot take it for granted. One mistake here and you can be in deep trouble.
Aman Raj (Ind) First round 66 (-6)
I played good golf and I’m happy with the putts falling in. I got a couple of clutch putt birdies. I made a stupid mistake on the 12th hole but I’m hitting the fairways here and that’s crucial here. I’ve won two events at Delhi Golf Club as an amateur in 2014. But 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.
Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) First round 67 (-5)
I hit a bad shot on my closing hole and that was the only mistake I made all day. Otherwise I played and would have liked to end off with a bogey-free round. But it’s okay. 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.