Shanghai: Shiv Kapur carded one-under 71 and was the highest placed Indian at tied 18th place after the first round of the $1.8 million BMW Asian Open here on Thursday. Winner of Volvo China Open last week, Jeev Milkha Singh (72) began well with a flawless two-under first nine but then lost his touch and was tied for 35th.

Kapur, playing in the company of leader Henrik Stenson, impressed the World No. 15 with his play but was himself disappointed with his score of five birdies and four bogeys. He is in the bunch of 17 players at the lovely and resplendent Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club.

Kapur was four behind Stenson, who also had only five birdies, but only one bogey on the third, where the Indian, too, dropped a shot.

Jeev was even for the day and tied for 35th, alongside the likes of Thais Thongchai Jaidee, Prayad Marksaeng and local star Zhang Lianwei, besides Colin Montgomerie (69).

Leading first round scores: 67 Henrik Stenson; 68 Stephen Gallacher, Jean Van De Velde; 69 Charlie Wi, Thomas Bjorn, Colin Montgomerie, Marcus Fraser, Frankie Minoza; 70 Francois Delamontagne, Alessandro Tadini, Ted Oh, Liang Wen-chong, Scott Drummond, Paul Lawrie, Boonchu Ruangkit, Chapchai Nirat; 71 Garry Houston, Jose-Filipe Lima, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, Andrew Buckle, Adam Groom, Alex Cejka, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Richard Bland, Jarrod Lyle, Shiv Kapur, Johan Edfors, Bryan Saltus, Andrew Marshall, David Dixon, Danny Chia, Jason Knutzon, Jean-Francois Lucquin. UNI

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