Doha: Gaganjeet Bhullar did not allow the final round collapse from last week affect him as he got off to a great start with five-under 67 in the first round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters here on Wednesday.
Bhullar, who slipped to tenth after being tied second at the start of the final round in Abu Dhabi, teed off from the tenth and fired three birdies in a row, before adding two more on the stretch to turn in five-under. Thereafter he had just one more birdie and a lone bogey second and was three behind leader George Coetzee (64).
Shiv Kapur, who returned to the European Tour this year, tied 37th last week, and was four-under through 16 holes. He had four birdies in his first seven holes and played pars on the rest. Jeev Milkha Singh carded one-under 71.