Celadana (Czech Republic): Jeev Milkha Singh blew away an early lead on Friday with a messy finish, dropping double bogey and a bogey in the last three holes to finish the first round at 71 at the Czech Open here.

The Indian golfer was tied 25th, while compatriots Shiv Kapur and Gaganjeet Bhullar shot two-under 70 each to be tied for 14th.

At the top, Irishman Peter Lawrie's bogey-free round of six-under 66 gave him a one-shot lead over compatriot Damien McGrane, Spain's Pedro Oriol and France's Victor Dubuisson after the first round here.

Jeev starting on the tenth, had birdies on 10th, 13th, 14th and 16th and a bogey on 15th to turn in three-under.

On the second nine, he birdied the first and fifth but bogeys on third, a double on seventh and a bogey on ninth saw him end the day with a card of 71.

At four-under after 10 holes, he held a share of the lead briefly before dropping down.

Kapur had three birdies on first, fifth and 16th and one bogey on fourth.

Bhullar had four birdies on first, third, fifth and 13th and bogeys on seventh and 15th.

Lawrie, who was runner-up here to Peter Hanson 12 months ago, started on the back nine and birdied the 11th and 14th holes to turn in 34. He had a 32 on the second nine.

(Agencies)