Ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh began with a bang, humbling world number five Lee Westwood to top Group D after the opening day of the Volvo World Match Play Championship here.
In his first Group D encounter, the Indian — who gave up his title defence in the Singapore Open to become the first golfer from the sub-continent to make it to this elite event — pulled off a huge surprise by scripting a stunning six-hole victory over Westwood.
Jeev was joined by Ross Fisher at the top after the Englishman had mastered Camilo Villegas by two holes.
Golfers in each four-player group face each other in a round-robin format and the group toppers will make it to Saturday’s semifinals.
There was no sign of his ankle injury as Jeev birdied the first, fourth and fifth holes and was in fact five-up after seven holes as Westwood bogeyed the third, sixth and seventh, while failing to sink a single birdie.
On his way back, Jeev not only kept it bogey-free but also signed off with a birdie, while Westwood dropped his fourth bogey on the final hole to lose seven-up after a poor birdie-less campaign.