Chinnarat Phadungsil leads in India

GREATER NOIDA, India — Chinnarat Phadungsil, of Thailand, shot 28 on the back nine en route to 11-under-
par 61 and a five-stroke lead in the first round of the European Tour’s Avantha Masters.


Phadungsil missed a long putt on the 17th hole that would have given him nine consecutive birdies.

“That’s my best ever round,” he said. “Today I had a lot of great putts. Back nine I hit the driver better than the front nine. But I holed my putts – that’s why I made my score.

“Today my game was very good so I will keep going,” Phadungsil said.

He is the youngest winner on the Asian Tour after capturing the Double A International tournament in 2005 at 17.

Golfers tied for second place are Chawalit Plaphol, Chapchai Nirat, Liang Wen-chong, Magnus A Carlsson and Abhijit Singh Chadha.

Spaniard Alvaro Quiros who is returning from a four-month break after surgery on his right wrist, reached 4-under, but then had two late bogeys en route to 70.

Defending champion Jbe Kruger had to settle for 72 after a trip to the water at the 15th.

LPGA TOUR: In Phoenix, Ai Miyazato took the LPGA Founders Cup lead on a hot afternoon in the desert, playing a late four-hole stretch in 5-under for a tournament-record 9-under-par 63.

Miyazato is returning from a whiplash injury sustained in a five-vehicle crash
after the tournament in Thailand.

She was hurt three weeks ago on the way to the Bangkok airport and withdrew the following week in Singapore as a precaution because of stiffness in her neck, shoulder and back.

Miyazato birdied the par-3 14th, holed a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th and added birdies on the par-4 16th and par-3 17th to open a two-stroke lead.

Jee Young Lee was second. Candie Kung, Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller and Pornanong Phatlum shot 66s.