Hero Indian Open - R1

Gallacher and Suri share early lead in India

March 28-31
DLF Golf and Country Club
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Stephen Gallacher and Julian Suri fired opening rounds of 67 to take a share of the first round lead at the Hero Indian Open.

“It was a perfect morning,” said Gallacher. “Cool to start with and then it heated up later on in the round, and not too much wind, so it was perfect today.

Gallacher and Suri share early lead in India, © Getty Images

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“I think you have to get it in play off the tee, there is just so much trouble. I think if you get the tee shot in place you can hit a couple of nice iron shots and take advantage of the par fours that are quite short, drive a couple, and knock it onto the par fives.

“It is quite a strategic course. I don’t think you need to be the longest player on the Tour to play it, I think you’ve just got to plot your way around it.

“I have started poorly to be honest, I’ve had a sort of big miss in the bag that has been costing me triples and doubles, so hopefully, I knew I was close last week, I played lovely but just didn’t get anything out of it, but coming back to a place where I’ve played well hopefully I can draw on some inspiration from last year.”

Gallacher has often flourished on tough courses throughout his career, and showed he had the measure of DLF Golf and Country Club last season as he recorded a top ten finish in New Delhi.

Fast forward 12 months and a sensational putt from off the green at the last handed the Scot a closing eagle and a one shot advantage at five under.

It looked for a long time like he would not be caught in the afternoon but American Suri – who missed the cut in his only appearance here last season – produced some magic of his own on the 18th, playing a sublime bunker shot to set up a closing birdie and join Gallacher at the summit.

“It was a good day. My caddie Dermot, he keeps encouraging me and calls me the Greatest Showman sometimes after the movie, so I had to give him a little show there.

“I got the all clear about four or five weeks ago from the doc and last week in Malaysia was my first event. With the heat there and all the conditions, the body felt great and the swing felt good too. It’s obviously still a work in progress but to shoot a score like this, on a course like this, is a good sign going forward.

“It’s a great test. It’s very dramatic and provokes the imagination a little bit so I enjoy it.”

South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Swede Robert Karlsson, Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal and Thai Prom Meesawat were the nearest challengers, with last week’s winner Scott Hend and local hero Shubhankar Sharma in a nine man group two shots off the lead.

“It was one of those things,” said Karlsson. “I just got this feeling over the wedge. I saw Dean Burmester hit it just right of the flag, and thought this is the perfect distance for me, and when I was over the ball I thought ‘this could go in’ and when it when in I was like ‘yep’. So that happens sometimes. It’s not easy but it was just one of those shots. 

“Eight I played really well, hit a driver and six iron to the back, and chipped it in from probably 25 feet, so that was great. I don’t think I have ever done two eagles in a row, I have done two in a round but not two back-to-back so that’s pretty cool.

“This is one of the most brutal golf courses I have ever played, it’s fantastic because you get found out when you are doing good and when you are not doing so good. Any slight miss and it’s trouble. It is a fabulous week to be here and definitely one of the best courses we play condition wise that is going to test where you are.”

Play will restart tomorrow at 7:40am with one game to finish.


Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
T1
Joel Dahmen
USA
18
-6
66
T1
Matt Jones
AUS
18
-6
66
3
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
17
-5
T4
Brady Schnell
USA
18
-4
68
T4
Roberto Diaz
MEX
18
-4
68
T4
Sepp Straka
AUT
18
-4
68
T7
D. J. Trahan
USA
18
-3
69
T7
David Lingmerth
SWE
18
-3
69
T7
Denny McCarthy
USA
18
-3
69
T7
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
18
-3
69
T7
Seth Reeves
USA
18
-3
69
T7
Jonathan Byrd
USA
16
-3
T7
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
15
-3
T7
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
14
-3
T7
Paul Dunne
IRL
14
-3
T7
Sam Burns
USA
14
-3
T17
Ben Crane
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Brendon Todd
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Brian Davis
ENG
18
-2
70
T17
Charlie Beljan
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Chris Couch
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Chris Stroud
USA
18
-2
70
T17
George McNeill
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Johnson Wagner
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Kelly Kraft
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Martin Piller
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Matthew Every
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Max Homa
USA
18
-2
70
T17
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
18
-2
70
T17
Parker McLachlin
USA
17
-2
T17
Sang-Moon Bae
KOR
16
-2
T17
Alex Prugh
USA
14
-2
T17
Jim Herman
USA
14
-2
T17
Nate Lashley
USA
13
-2
T17
Roger Sloan
CAN
13
-2
T17
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
13
-2
T17
Stephan Jaeger
GER
12
-2
T17
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
11
-2
T17
Jim Knous
USA
11
-2
T40
Adam Schenk
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Brian Stuard
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Harris English
USA
18
-1
71
T40
J. J. Henry
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Jonas Blixt
SWE
18
-1
71
T40
Kramer Hickok
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
18
-1
71
T40
Seung-Su Han
KOR
18
-1
71
T40
Trey Mullinax
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Tyler Duncan
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Wes Roach
USA
18
-1
71
T40
Graeme McDowell
NIR
17
-1
T40
Brice Garnett
USA
16
-1
T40
Grayson Murray
USA
14
-1
T40
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
12
-1
T55
Chase Wright
USA
18
Par
72
T55
Chip McDaniel
USA
18
Par
72
T55
David Hearn
CAN
18
Par
72
T55
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
18
Par
72
T55
John Merrick
USA
18
Par
72
T55
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
18
Par
72
T55
Thomas Detry
BEL
18
Par
72
T55
Corey Conners
CAN
17
Par
T55
Seamus Power
IRL
17
Par
T55
Tom Hoge
USA
17
Par
T55
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
16
Par
T55
Davis Love III
USA
16
Par
T55
John Senden
AUS
16
Par
T55
Hunter Mahan
USA
15
Par
T55
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
15
Par
T55
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
13
Par
T55
John Chin
USA
13
Par
T55
Rafael Campos
PRI
13
Par
T55
Sebastian Munoz
COL
13
Par
T55
Hank Lebioda
USA
12
Par
T55
Julio Santos
DOM
12
Par
T55
Nick Hardy
USA
12
Par
T55
Curtis Luck
AUS
11
Par
T55
Joey Garber
USA
11
Par
T79
Adam Svensson
CAN
18
1
73
T79
Chad Campbell
USA
18
1
73
T79
Chris Thompson
USA
18
1
73
T79
Daniel Chopra
SWE
18
1
73
T79
Juan Delgado
DOM
18
1
73
T79
Mike Ballo Jr.
USA
18
1
73
T79
Omar Uresti
USA
18
1
73
T79
Tim Herron
USA
18
1
73
T79
Tommy Gainey
USA
17
1
T79
Trevor Immelman
RSA
17
1
T79
Peter Uihlein
USA
15
1
T79
Cameron Tringale
USA
14
1
T79
Jacob Eggers
USA
12
1
T79
Davis Love IV
USA
11
1
T79
Hiram Silfa
DOM
11
1
T79
Ryan Vermeer
USA
11
1
T79
Kyle Jones
USA
10
1
T96
Alex Cejka
GER
18
2
74
T96
Arjun Atwal
IND
18
2
74
T96
Billy Hurley III
USA
18
2
74
T96
D. A. Points
USA
18
2
74
T96
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
18
2
74
T96
Hudson Swafford
USA
18
2
74
T96
Josh Teater
USA
18
2
74
T96
Nicholas Lindheim
USA
18
2
74
T96
Shawn Stefani
USA
18
2
74
T96
Brandon Harkins
USA
15
2
T96
Cameron Davis
AUS
14
2
T96
David Lipsky
USA
11
2
T96
Julian Etulain
ARG
11
2
T96
Theo Humphrey
USA
11
2
T110
Andres Romero
ARG
18
3
75
T110
Dicky Pride
USA
18
3
75
T110
Eric Axley
USA
18
3
75
T110
Heath Slocum
USA
18
3
75
T110
Justin Bertsch
USA
18
3
75
T110
Robert Allenby
AUS
18
3
75
T110
Robert Streb
USA
18
3
75
T117
Jason Bohn
USA
18
4
76
T117
John Rollins
USA
18
4
76
T117
Rhadames Pena
DOM
18
4
76
T117
Jonathan Kaye
USA
17
4
T117
Anders Albertson
USA
12
4
T117
Zachary Zaback
USA
11
4
T123
Cameron Beckman
USA
18
5
77
T123
David Duval
USA
18
5
77
T123
Ricky Barnes
USA
18
5
77
T123
Derek Fathauer
USA
15
5
T127
Brendon de Jonge
ZIM
18
6
78
T127
Fabian Gomez
ARG
18
6
78
129
Tony Romo
USA
18
7
79
130
Tom Lovelady
USA
13
9
131
George Riley
USA
13
15
RET
Troy Matteson
USA
18
Par
84