Golf: Shiv Kapur tied 22nd after first round at BMW PGA Championship

London: Shiv Kapur completed his first round today with a card of two-under 70 to be placed tied 22nd at the BMW PGA Championship.

India's other two challengers in the event, Jeev Milkha Singh shot 72 and Gaganjeet Bhullar carded 73. Kapur, whose first round was interrupted by bad weather yesterday, had five birdies after opening with bogeys on first and third.

 Golf: Shiv Kapur tied 22nd after first round at BMW PGA Championship

File photo of Shiv Kapur. Reuters

He quickly found his rhythm back with birdie on fourth, fifth and seventh but gave away a late bogey on 14th, but his birdie on 18th ensured he would have a decent day.

But the star of the opening day was former Wentworth resident Thomas Björn of Denmark on a weather-affected opening day who shot 10-under 62.Björn brought him a card that he called as the "best round of his entire career" and the lowest on Wentworth's redesigned West Course in a round completed just moments before the first of two suspensions of play due to the threat of lightning which left 33 players unable to complete their rounds.

At 10-under par, Bjorn held a two shot lead over Ireland's Shane Lowry, with Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello on seven under and the likes of Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy all four under.

Stenson could need as little as a top-30 finish this week to replace Adam Scott as World Number One. Björn missed the cut in last week's Open de España and feared the worst in a
tournament where he has produced just one top-ten finish - in 1998 - in 16 previous appearances.

A knee injury forced Sergio Garcia to retire from the tournament after an opening round of 73, while defending champion Matteo Manassero slumped to an eight over par 80.

PTI

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Updated Date: May 23, 2014 17:01:59 IST