Munich, Germany, 22-06-2023
Manu Gandas' opening round of 69 at BMW International Open places him tied 20th
Manu Gandas fired one of his best rounds of his rookie season as he shot 3-under 69 despite two late bogeys on the first day of the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried.
Manu, playing on the DP World Tour after earning a card because of a strategic alliance between DPWT and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) was lying 20th, though play ended early due to extreme weather conditions.
Shubhankar Sharma however had a disappointing start with 3-over 75 and was T-126 and in danger of missing the cut.
Italy's Edoardo Molinari, France's Adrien Saddier and Japan's Rikuya Hoshino shared the lead after posting rounds of 66 on a red-hot day.
Gandas, who has had mixed results began on the back nine was in cracking form with five birdies on the stretch. He birdied three times in a row from 11th to 13th and then added two more on 16th and 17th.
On the second nine, the front side of the course, he bogeyed the first but got back to 5-under with a birdie on fourth. Back-to-back bogeys on seventh and eighth meant he was down to 3-under.
By V Krishnaswamy
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