Singh off to a promising start in Abu Dhabi

Fri 17 Jan 2014

Singh off to a promising start in Abu Dhabi

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January 17: Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh of India opened his campaign at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship promisingly with a three-under-par 69 to trail the tournament first round leaders by two on Thursday.
It was a three-way tie for the lead with Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello joining England's Matthew Baldwin and France's Romain Wattel at the top of the leaderboard after the trio signed for matching 67s at the Abu Dhabi Golf Club.
Singh, a six-time winner on the Asian Tour was among the eight players bunched in tied-11th place that also included Asian Tour winner Wade Ormsby of Australia who earned his maiden breakthrough at the Panasonic Open India last year.
"I'll take this score anytime and I'm feeling pretty good about my game. I took 20 days off and came to Dubai last week and practiced a lot on my short game and that helped me a lot on the golf course," said Singh, who was Asia's number one in 2006 and 2008.
Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, who will captain Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by presented by DRB-HICOM held in Malaysia in March, is a further shot back in tied-19th place after signing for a 70.
India’s Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar posted a 71 and 72 respectively while Order of Merit winner Kiradech Aphibarnat will have to stage a strong comeback after he struggled to an opening 76.
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