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HIE TAKES LEADS AT "MAGICAL" VENUE

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Indonesia's Rory Hie.

March 29: Indonesia’s Rory Hie took the first-round lead in the US$75,000 Gurugram Challenge at the Classic Golf & Country Club today after shooting a stunning nine-under-par 63 – in what is the opening event of the year on the Asian Development Tour (ADT).

Filipino Ira Alido returned a 65 while India’s Shamim Khan, Rajiv Kumar Jatiwal, Tapy Ghai and Amrit Lal plus Chanat Sakulpolaphaisan from Thailand all carded 66s.

Hie won the Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship on the Asian Tour here in 2019 and his affinity for the venue was on display once again today.

“It’s always nice to come here and for some reason everything just flowed today,” said Hie.

“The birdies seem to come really easily. Made nine birdies and no bogeys so I am very happy with that start. Somehow this place has been pretty magical for me.”

The 33 year old finished 64th in last week’s The DGC Open presented by Mastercard at Delhi Golf Club and planned to use this week to relax.

He added: “This week was supposed to be di-stressing from last week because last week was probably the toughest conditions I have ever played in, really love the course, I think it’s one of the best courses in the world, it just takes a lot out of you.”

Two-time Asian Tour winner Rashid Khan from India fired a 67 and is one of six players tied for eighth.

This week’s inaugural event is jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is one of 10-12 events planned for this year’s ADT as it works its way back to a full schedule next year.

Prior to this week the last time an ADT event was played before the pandemic hit was the Boonchu Ruangkit Championship in January of 2020, when Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert triumphed.

Classic Golf & Country Club is a member of Asian Tour Destinations – an exclusive network of world-class golfing venues with direct ties to the Asian Tour.




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