Belfry, UK, May 13: The Indian quartet had a disappointing opening round at the Betfred British Masters on Wednesday and all four would need good solid second rounds to ensure they stayed for the final two rounds of the event as the European Tour moved to the UK.
Shubhankar Sharma (73) was the best among Indian at T-70, while, Ajeetesh 74), who got into the field at the last moment, was T-94, SSP Chawrasia (75) was T-115 and Gaganjeet Bhullar (77) was T-140.
Sharma, who has been having a less-than-satisfactory run had two birdies against three bogeys. While Sandhu had three birdies, twp bogeys and a triple bogey.
Matthias Schwab continued his excellent form on the 2021 Race to Dubai as his opening round 66 handed him the lead on day one.
The Austrian made a big impression as he recorded ten top tens in the 2019 season and he is on course to eclipse that mark with four in his first nine events this campaign. He recorded three of those in his last four events.
Schwab’s fellow Austrian Bernd Wiesberger was then at 4-under alongside English pair Richard Bland and James Morrison, French duo Matthieu Pavon and Clement Sordet, South African Louis de Jaeger, Italian Guido Migliozzi, German Max Schmidtt and American Julian Suri.
Willett, the host, carded a three under par 69.