Emiliano Grillo two shots clear after strong start at Hero Indian Open
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 09/03/18 9:41pm
Emiliano Grillo fired a seven-under 65 to grab a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Hero Indian Open in New Delhi.
The Argentine, a tournament invite at DLF Golf and Country Club, mixed eight birdies with a sole blemish to equal the course record and pull clear of the group of five players on five under.
Paul Peterson and Matteo Manassero are joined in a share of second by Pablo Larrazabal, who almost missed his tee time after oversleeping, with Adrien Saddier and Keith Horne also two off the place.
Saddier and Horne were unable to complete their rounds before play was suspended due to darkness, with 24 players still on the course and having to return on Friday morning.
"I had to play almost perfect golf to shoot a seven under," Grillo said. "I think anywhere else it would have been close to a 59 or something. It was definitely a magnificent round of golf.
Playing alongside Chris Wood and Joost Luiten, Grillo cancelled out a birdie at the par-four first with a blemish at the next but posted four gains in a five-hole stretch to reach the turn in 32.
Grillo rolled in from 10 feet at the 11th and picked up another shot at the 13th to move top of the leaderboard, before doubling his advantage with a birdie at the par-five last.
Larrazabal moved up the leaderboard with five consecutive birdies and Peterson picked up shots on each of his last three holes, as Manassero posted a second-nine 31 to also get to five under.
Marc Warren sits in the group three off the pace and England's Matt Wallace is a further stroke back, while European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn opened with a two-under 70.
Watch the Hero Indian Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports. Live coverage continues on Friday from 5.30am on Sky Sports Golf.