Greater Noida: Delhi's Vikrant Chopra set the greens ablaze with a scintillating seven-under 65 to open a narrow one-stroke lead over Chiragh Kumar after the opening round of Rs one crore Bilt Open golf tournament here on Wednesday.

On a day when the youngsters outshone the experienced golfers, Chopra sank as many as three birdies on each halves and fired an eagle with a lone blot at the 16th hole to take the honours on day one at the picturesque Jaypee Greens here.

Close on the heels of his runner-up finish at the prestigious Indian Open, Chiragh once again came up with a brilliant score of six-under 66 to lie at the second place.

One stroke behind were the duo of Vijay Kumar (67) of Lucknow and Ranjit Singh (67) of Chandigarh.

Two-time defending champion Anirban Lahiri carded a one under 71 to be placed tied 19th.

Veteran Jyoti Randhawa managed an even-par 72 to lie tied 28th, while Handa Singapore Classic winner Himmat Singh Rai turned in a one-over 73 to be at tied 39th.

Gaganjeet Bhullar's poor form continued as he brought home a two-over 74 for a share of the 51st place.

A 10th tee starter, Chopra opened with a birdie and then converted a 25 feet putt for his second birdie of the day on the 13th.

The Delhi golfer then fired an eagle on the 15th where he chipped-in from the left edge but he made a three-putt on the 16th against the run of play that resulted in a bogey.

However, he recovered with a birdie on the very next hole to take the turn at four-under.

On his return journey, he picked up a stroke at the par-3 third hole, before dropping 20-footer birdies at the fifth and an 18-feet long putt for his last birdie at the seventh hole.

"It was a good putting day for me and my hitting was quite consistent. The course is playing extremely well and the greens are rolling well. The conditions were favourable for scoring today since there was no wind," said Chopra, who has one top-10 to his credit in the 2011 Aircel PGTI season.

"The process and routine is important for me. Once I get my process right, the results will automatically follow," said Vikrant.

At the fifth place, there was a five-way tie among Mukesh Kumar, Gaurav Ghei, Amardip Sinh Malik, Mithun Perera and Vivek Bhandari - all scoring 68s.

(Agencies)