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Grillo grabs early lead

Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo set the early pace with a course-record equalling 7-under-par 65 before darkness fell on day one of the Indian Open yesterday. Grillo, 25, posted eight birdies to take a two-shot lead ahead of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, Italian Matteo Manassero and American Paul Peterson. The severity of the DLF Golf and Country Club course in Gurgaon, outside New Delhi, meant 24 players could not finish their rounds due to the number of rulings required throughout the day. Larrazabal’s 67, containing nine birdies, was an incredible feat after he almost missed his tee-time due to alarm not going off and a wake-up call from a European Tour official came just 38 minutes before he was due to start his round. “My lovely new iPhone went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee-time,” the 34-year-old revealed. “I woke up, had a 10-second shower and I ran and had courtesy car waiting for me. I arrived at the course 25 minutes before my tee-time.”


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