Emiliano Grillo, Argentina, leads the 1st round of the Hero Indian Open as darkness caused the suspension of play for the day at DLF Golf and Country Club.
Emiliano shot a new course record at the Hero Indian Open, before darkness brought proceedings to a premature end, carding -7 under par 65.
Emiliano spoke about the difficult course, and a good day with the putter;
“You have no idea how difficult the course is.”
“I had to play almost perfect golf to shoot a seven under.”
“I think anywhere else it would have been close to a 59 or something. It was definitely a magnificent round of golf.”
“I’m very happy with the way I handled myself out there.”
“It was very tough and I was able to make some good putts and hit the fairways when I needed to.”
Sharing second place at -5 under par are; Pablo Larrazábal, Spain, Matteo Manassero, Italy, and Paul Peterson, USA, all with completed first rounds, along with Adrien Saddier, France, through 17 holes and Keith Horne of South Africa who has completed 16 holes.
Pablo overslept and nearly missed his tee time;
“My lovely new iPhone went back to Spanish time overnight and I woke up at the hotel 38 minutes before my tee-time.”
“Thanks to Dorothée, the secretary of the European Tour, who called me in my room and said Pablo, you’re playing in 38 minutes, you must wake up and go to the tenth tee.”
“I think the courtesy car made a world record from the hotel to the golf course in a couple of minutes, a ride that can take ten or 15 minutes, it was really wild.”
Matteo fished in third spot last year, and started this campaign well;
“It was a really good round, I didn’t start too well which is why I’m pleased to be standing here with a five under par.”
“I’ve got moments when I felt pretty good. The consistency is getting there.”
Paul was happy with his round;
“I’m really happy to be in the spot that I’m at. I’m feeling confident with my game.”