Dublin: Ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh returned a poor four-over 76 to be placed tied 99th while Indian-born Swede Daniel Chopra carded a modest one-under 71 for the tied 48th spot after the opening round of the Memorial golf tournament here.

Jeev sank in three birdies against five bogeys and a double-bogey while Chopra was slightly better with five birdies, three bogeys and a double-bogey.

Jeev made a poor start as he bogeyed the third hole before dropping three shots in a row from sixth to eighth.

Four-over at the halfway mark, the Indian birdied the 10th before stumbling to a double-bogey on the 11th. He managed a couple of birdies on the 13th and 14th, but a dropped shot on the 17th saw him end on a disappointing note.

Meanwhile, Chopra birdied on the third, fifth, eighth, 10th and 11th, but bogeys on the first, sixth and 12th and a double bogey on the 14th denied him a better standing on the leaderboard.

Sean O'Hair, who shot an opening seven-under 65, was in the lead. Playing alongside Charles Howell III and Ted Purdy, O'Hair made the only bogey in the threesome.

Purdy and Howell shot a bogey-free 68 and 69 respectively.

O'Hair shares the lead with Rod Pampling (65) and Nick O'Hern (65). Five players including Ernie Els and Aaron Baddeley were tied fourth with 66 each. World No.1 Tiger Woods shot a 70 for a share of the 30th place.

Kapur tied 35

At Celtic Manor, Shiv Kapur overcame a double bogey to shoot one-under 68 for a tied 35th place at the Celtic Manor Wales Open.

Kapur was three shots behind the nine co-leaders, who shot 65 each in the first round of the competition at the par-69 Roman Road Course.

Kapur starting on the back nine shot birdies on the 16th and 18th, but he began the day with a string of pars and a double bogey on the 14th. Between the birdies on the 16th and 18th, he had a bogey on the 17th. On his second nine, he birdied the fifth and seventh and had no bogeys.

Jyoti Randhawa had four each of birdies and bogeys in his 69 and he was tied 52nd.

On a day hit by torrential rain, which led to a stoppage of two hours, the bunch at the top included England's Paul Broadhurst, Scotland's Paul Lawrie, Stephen O'Hara and Gary Orr, New Zealander Steve Alker and Australia's Brett Rumford, Spain's Josi Manuel Lara, Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez and Dane Soren Kjeldsen.

Another 13 players were one stroke behind at the end of the first day. PTI

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