SCOTT Hend is one of 70 players yet to complete the first round of the Hero Indian Open after play was suspended due to darkness, he and Terry Pilkadaris the only Australians in red figures at the difficult DLF Golf and Country Club in New Delhi.
Pilkadaris is in the clubhouse having signed for a 1-under 71 on a day when just nine players have completed sub-par scores. A further 20 of those in the afternoon field are under par with holes left to play.
Hend is one of those, the Queenslander notching three birdies against two bogeys in the 15 holes he completed before play was suspended.
A delay of more than 90 minutes as lightning threatened in the area forced players from the course shortly after 6pm as darkness fell.
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Play is set to resume at 7am local time with David Horsey holding the outright lead at 5-under.
The Englishman, playing alongside Hend and defending champion S.S.P Chawrasia, hasn’t dropped a shot through his first 15 holes and leads Italy’s Matteo Manassero by a shot.
Manassero opened his round with a double bogey at the 10th hole in the morning but got hot around the turn to recover impressively.
A run of five birdies in a six hole stretch from the 17th saw him grab a share of the lead, his final gain of the day at the par-5 eighth ensuring the clubhouse lead.
“The fact that I found a lot of birdies, it's very, very positive and I'll try to keep it that way,” the four time Tour winner said after his round.
"You have to be always in play, otherwise there will be a lot of high numbers and a lot of doubles. It's very easy to lose shots on this course."
Pilkadaris’ 1-under 71 was among the best rounds of the morning wave, the veteran making five birdies on the day but handing back shots with two bogeys and a double.
Wade Ormsby is next best of the Australians at 1-over, the South Australian playing this year on a medical exemption and signing for a 73.
Todd Sinnott and Brett Rumford are both in the clubhouse at 2-over, Sinnott’s card reflecting an adventurous round including four birdies and an eagle to go with a quadruple bogey, a double bogey and two other dropped shots.
Recent winner Rumford also had his moments in the opening round with a triple bogey at the 14th hole and two bogeys on the front nine.
Jason Scrivener and Marcus Fraser, the last of the Australians in the field, are both struggling with Scrivener 4-over through 12 and Fraser 5-over through 14.