Pablo Larrazabal wakes up 38 minutes before tee time, shoots 67

12 March, 2018, 06:31 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Larrazabal carded nine birdies during his opening round

Emiliano Grillo leads the Hero Indian Open by four shots at the halfway stage while local star Shubhankar Sharma gives chase.

In the afternoon, however, a toast was raised to sole Indian hope Shubhankar Sharma who served up nine birdies on a platter.

Four players joined Larrazabal on five under, with Paul Peterson, Matteo Manassero, Adrien Saddier and Keith Horne all two shots behind Grillo.

Interestingly, Malaysian Gavin Green had set the course record previous year here. He finished tied for ninth after a closing 74.

Ajeetesh Sandhu, who was tied 7th yesterday, failed to negotiate the Gary Player layout and dropped three bogeys and two double bogeys to return with a 76 and slip down the leaderboard. "I've done well over the past two days and I can't ask for more", the Argentine said.

Home favourite Sharma had an ordinary start on Thursday after shooting one-over at the Gurgaon course, considered among the toughest on the Asian and European tour.

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A timely wake-up call from a European Tour official saw Larrazabal wake up only 38 minutes before he was due to tee off, with a "10-second shower" and a "wild" auto journey to the course helping him make it in the nick of time. He had shot 62 to secure his card in the final round of the Manila Masters two years ago. I've shot a few low numbers in my career and this one is right in my top 5. That was why I chose to go for the green. "I played lovely all day but it looked pretty average compared to my playing partner", he said. "I knew I had momentum on my side and was playing well", Sharma said.

"I knew I needed a birdie to break the course record and wanted it badly", he said after putting his autograph on a cap for a young fan. I'll be aggressive tomorrow.

Grillo, who carded five birdies and one bogey in his 68, told Sky Sports: "I actually thought I played better today than yesterday, I just didn't hole as many putts".

I wasn't expecting to be 11-under. "When I practiced on Tuesday and played the pro-am on Wednesday, I was telling myself that I'll be in a good position if I can just shoot under par every day". He was available at just a shade under [6.0] after he'd birdied the 18th but he's moved a point since and I can see him shortening up fractionally still. Grillo was six clear of the field as I kicked off the blog when Pablo Larrazabal bogeyed the 17th hole but in no time at all, he's now just four clear.

Personally, it was a missed cut by one.

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