Banking on her experience, Laura Davies overcame her lack of practice at the DLF Golf and Country Club and returned a sensational seven-under 65 to grab the lead after the opening round of the $300,000 Hero Honda women's Indian Open here on Thursday.

The veteran Englishwoman displayed a flawless performance in her first-ever outing on the course.

The scores: Laura Davies (Eng) 65; Rebecca Flood (Aus) and Praewnappa Phol-Uayporn (Tha) 67; Louise Friberg (Swe) 68; Lee-Anne Pace (RSA) and Veronica Zorzi (Ita) 69; Russamee Gulyanamitta (Tha) 70; Ayaka Hayashi (Jpn), Yuki Sakurai (Jpn), Kylie Walker (Sco) and Nontaya Srisawang (Tha) 71; Tandi Cuningham (RSA), Linda Wessberg (Swe), Jessica Ji (Kor), Katherine Kempter (USA), Caroline Rominger (Swi), Libby Smith (USA), Maria Verchenova (Rus), Pornanong Phatlum (Tha), Stacy Bergman (RSA), Titiya Plucksataporn (Tha), Rikka Hakkarainen (Fin), Cecilie Lundgreen (Nor), Holly Aitchison (Eng) and Nuchada Vitayakonkomol (Tha) 72. Top Indian scores: Vaishavi Sinha 73; Tanya Wadhwa 75; Meher Atwal 76; Smriti Mehra, Saaniya Sharma and Sharmila Nichollet 78; Nalini Siwach and Pallavi Jain 79 . — Principal Correspondent

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