Canizares and Whiteford Lead first round in New Delhi February 16 2012

Alejandro Cañizares and Peter Whiteford share the lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters as the Spaniard looks for his first win since 2006. Both players completed the first round in -6 under par 66, o lead by one shot from Italian Federico Colombo. Canizares birdied the last hole, with a long putt, which pleased him greatly; "It’s always nice to finish on a high like that, I didn’t hit a great wedge shot into the green so it was nice to sink the putt. I played very steady and I putted quite nicely. The only mistake I made was missing a short putt on the seventh so I made a bogey. But overall it was a nice round with not many mistakes. I had a couple of wayward drives but nothing serious and I felt very comfortable." “I made a couple of long putts but all the others were from inside ten feet or so. Overall it was very steady and pretty good. Hopefully I can keep this going and be in contention going into the final round.”   Alejandro Canizares  (Getty Images) Alejandro Canizares (Getty Images)   Peter Whiteford was also very happy with his first round performance; “It was the first time I’ve hit the fairways in months. In the stats I probably didn’t hit that many fairways, but it felt a lot better. I hit a lot more drivers than people usually do out there and just took advantage of the course and bullied it a little. It can bite you easily though if you’re not careful. I had a bad one down the last but apart from that it’s mainly the driving that was loads better today.”