Pablo Larrazabal made nine birdies along with two bogeys and a double to shoot 5-under 67 Thursday at the Indian Open.
The Spanish golfer was tied for second place with Paul Peterson and Matteo Manassero, 2 shots behind leader Emiliano Grillo.
Searching for his first European Tour victory, Grillo started and finished his round with birdies and had six more in between at the tough DLF Golf and Country Club.
Two days after receiving a special invitation to play in the Masters at Augusta, Shubhankar Sharma had wildly contrasting nines but recovered for a 1-over 73 on his home course.
Starting on the back nine, Sharma shot 41 with three bogeys and a double bogey. But he came back on his final nine to shoot 32, with four birdies.
Sharma held the 54-hole lead in his first World Golf Championship appearance last week, in Mexico. He finished tied for ninth after a closing 74.
Saudi Arabia will host a European Tour event for the first time next year.
The tournament will be played from Jan. 31-Feb. 3 and form part of the early season Desert Swing that also takes in events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It will be staged at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City, along the Red Sea coastline.
The formal announcement of the tournament, including details of its title and prize money, will be made in May.
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