Raj Randhawa shot a five-under 67 to emerge as the surprise leader ahead of two former Indian Open champions Vijay Kumar (68) and Jyoti Randhawa (69) in the opening round of the Rs. 25-lakh PGTI Players championship at the Classic Golf Resort at Mewat, Haryana, on Tuesday.

On a day when play was suspended just before 2 p.m. and finally called off at 5 p.m., Raj sank eight birdies to return his best card as a professional. From the 11th hole, he reeled off five birdies on the trot.

Since only 66 out of 126 golfers completed the round, the unfinished first round will resume at 7.15 a.m. on Wednesday while the second round has been re-scheduled to start at 9.45 a.m.

The scores: Raj Randhawa 67; Vijay Kumar 68; Jyoti Randhawa 69; Rudresh Sharma, Abhishek Jha, Pappan 71 each; Abhinav Lohan, Harjinder Singh Mattu, Mandeo Singh Pathania 72; Zamal Hossain Mollah, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Ranjit Singh Rathore, Arjunveer Singh Chugh, Ashok Kumar, Karan Vasudeva, Mithun Perera and Chitrajit Kalra 73 each . — Special Correspondent

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