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Peter Gilchrist began his defence of the Strachan British Open title with a comfortable 905-372 win against India's former world amateur champion, Manoj Kothari, at the Bellingham Hotel, Wigan, yesterday.

STRACHAN BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (Wigan) First round: P Gilchrist (Eng) bt M Kothari (Ind) 905-372; G Sethi (Ind) bt A Savur (Ind) 917-272.