Yannik Paul takes Indian Open lead with opening-round 65

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NEW DELHI — Yannik PaulAfter birdieing his last four holes, he shot 7-under 65 to take a one stroke lead in the Indian Open on Thursday.

The No. The No. 119-ranked Germans hot finish elevated him above Honey BaisoyaHe was leading an Indian contingent that made a quick start at DLF Golf and Country Club New Delhi.

Baisoya came in second on 6 under, while her compatriots were in third Angad CheemaAnd Shubhankar Sharma were tied for fourth place after shooting 68s.

Three more Indian players Manu Gandas, M DharmaAnd Yuvraj Sandhu— were also in the top 10, on 2 under, with Sandhu still having one hole to play in his first round.

Paul, who won the European tours only major last year at the Mallorca Open, is back in action for the sixth consecutive week. He said that he took it easy during the pre-tournament preparations. He decided to only walk the back nine and didn’t play the back nine. However, he birdied six of the nine holes that were in front of him on Thursday.

Paul stated, After a long stretch you can just feel the here, feel the there. I played a nine-hole prom yesterday afternoon and then walked the back nine Tuesday to conserve energy because it was going to be difficult here, both mentally and with the golf shots.

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