Knowhow drives Divyanshu Bajaj to clubhouse lead at RCGC

Divyanshu Bajaj - TheGolfingHub
Divyanshu Bajaj, playing on his home course, scored three birdies and an equal number of bogeys on Day 1 of the SSP Chawrasia Invitational. Photo: PGTI

Divyanshu Bajaj and Abhinav Lohan were the joint clubhouse leaders on the rain-hit opening day of the INR 1 crore SSP Chawrasia Invitational 2023 presented by TAKE Sports being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club.

Divyanshu and Abhinav shot scores of even-par 72 in testing conditions as it rained for most part of the day with varying intensity.

Related: Karan Pratap Singh strikes jackpot at ‘home’ in KDGT Invitational

There were two stoppages in play of a total duration of 90 minutes on day one due to the rain. As a result, Round One could not be completed on Thursday. Out of a total field of 126, only 66 players playing in the first session could complete their first round on Thursday when play was suspended at 4:45 pm local time due to fading light. The remaining 60 players will resume round one on Friday at 6:30 am. Round Two will commence after the completion of Round One.

Divyanshu, playing on his home course, scored three birdies and an equal number of bogeys while Abhinav made three birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey. The thick rough this year adds to the challenge of playing at the RCGC.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by PGTI (@pgtofindia)

Defending champion Manu Gandas fired a 75 while tournament host SSP Chawrasia returned a 78.

Among those out on the course with unfinished rounds, Syed Saqib Ahmed was the best-placed being two-under through nine holes thanks to three birdies and a bogey.

TATA Steel PGTI Ranking leader Om Prakash Chouhan was one-under through nine holes while Kartik Sharma and Varun Chopra were both one-under through six holes.

Rahil Gangjee, who grew up playing at the RCGC, was even-par through nine holes.