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Chawrasia's solid start; Uihlein leads in Thailand.

S. S. P. CHAWRASIA got off to a solid start with a four- under 68 and was joined by fellow Indians Chiragh Kumar and Himmat Rai in tied 14th place on the first day of the True Thailand Classic at Hua Hin on Thursday.

But the star was American Peter Uihlein who produced a sizzling eight- underpar 64, with nine birdies and a bogey, to take a one- shot first round lead at Black Mountain Golf Club. Tied for second were Pelle Edberg of Sweden, Scotsman Scott Jamieson and Spaniard Javi Colomo.

Arjun Atwal was tied 27th at threeunder 68. Shiv Kapur and Rashid Khan opened with 70 each to be tied 41st, while Rahil Gangjee ( 72) was tied 80th.

Gaganjeet Bhullar ( 73) and Jeev Milkha Singh ( 73) need solid second rounds to ensure weekend action.

Chawrasia was at five- under through 16 holes after starting from the 10th, but overshot the green on 17th and missed an up- and- down for his lone bogey of the day.

Edberg had two bogeys over his closing three holes to settle for a 65 while Jamieson and Colomo carded 66s in the US$ 1.75 million event co- sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Asia's leading performers were Hsieh Chi- hsien of Chinese Taipei and Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul, who returned 67s while hometown hero Prom Meesawat and Filipino Angelo Que were amongst those bunched on 68s.

After opening with two birdies from the 10th tee, Uihlein made his lone bogey on 12, which was followed by his birdie run.

Meanwhile, Indo- Swede Daniel Chopra shot oneunder 70 to be placed tied 23rd after the first round of the BMW ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open on Thursday.

Two- time winner on the PGA Tour, Chopra had two birdies on the front nine and one bogey on the back nine at the Millbrook resort course.

Leading the field was Steve Jones, who shot six- under 66 despite opening with back- to- back bogeys.

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