Sunday 17 December 2017

McGinley puts knee problems behind him

GOLF: Paul McGinley's battle to regain full fitness after yet another winter grappling with knee problems resumed in New Delhi yesterday, as the Dubliner posted a satisfying first-round 70 at the Avantha Masters to sit four shots off the lead held by Spain's Alejandro Canizares and Scotland's Peter Whiteford.

McGinley was teeing off for only the second time this year after being advised by doctors not to play consecutive tournaments in the first three months of the year.

Fortune hardly favoured the 45-year-old as he set out in breezy conditions, but he managed to turn in two-under, courtesy of a splendid eagle three at the 568-yard ninth hole.

Though he slipped up with a bogey at 12, McGinley brought his day's work to an upbeat conclusion with a birdie four at the 537-yard final hole. Ulster's Gareth Maybin posted a level-par 72 for a share of 47th place.

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