Cañizares and Whiteford in pole position after day one

A birdie on the final hole took Alejandro Cañizares into a tie for the lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters as the Spaniard looks for his first win since 2006.

He played the course the wrong way round. So it was a birdie on the long ninth which completed a back nine 32 and six under par 66 at DLF Golf & Country Club.

He is tied at the top with Scotland’s Peter Whiteford, with Italy’s Federico Colombo a shot further back in third.

Whiteford was only one under par at the turn, but the 31 year old – still chasing his first European Tour title – birdied four in a row from the tenth.

Cañizares began with birdies at the 11th and 15th, before gaining four shots in six holes immediately after the turn.

A first bogey of the day came at the seventh, but his lengthy closing birdie putt secured a share of the lead on a tightly-packed leaderboard.

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