PESHAWAR - International M Shabbir bewildered fellow golfers by leading the opening day round of the professionals with his gross score six under 66 over 18 holes of the 54-holes 3rd RMI Open Golf Championship, which got underway Friday here at PAF Golf Course.Air Vice Marshal Sarfaraz, Air Officer Commanding Northern Air Command, formally inaugurated the championship by hitting a tee-shot from tee number 1. Tournament Director Maj Arshad Mehmood, top golfers from across the country, former Pakistan team skipper Mehmood Aziz and management of PAF golf course were also present. The championship is carrying a record cash prize of Rs 2.4 million with a total of 330 golfers including 15 top female golfers vying for the top honour.Pakistan top golfer M Shabbir carded three under 33 each at front and back nine with birdies at hole no 2, 3, 8, 9, 12, 15 and 17 while missed a stroke over hole no 4. Another top professional and international golfer M Munir carded five under 67 with five under 31 at front nine and 36, par, with back nine. Munir sunk the ball at hole no 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 17 by missing a stroke at seven and 14 hole.“The golf course is in excellent condition and the newly-developed green are of international standard,” Munir said and added: “My putting was excellent and the response of the greens were so good besides I hit all the regulation. “It was perfect golf course,” Shabbir said while finishing his opening day round. “I scored seven birdies and a bogy but overall my long drives were bat better and landed all of them on the greens,” he added.Hailing from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and professional of PAF Golf Club, M Naeem, who also remained as member of the Pakistan team, carded four under 68 with two under 34 each at front and back nine. He missed a stroke at hole no 7 and hole no 10 by scoring birdies at hole no 2, 3, 4, 12, 17 and 18. Haroon Rashid carded three under 69 with three birdies at hole no 7, 16 and 17. He carded one under 35 at front nine holes and two under 34 at back nine by struggling overall at fourth position behind top golfers Shabbir, Munir and Naeem Khan.Matloob Ahmad, the winner of the Sindh Open, carded three under 69, laced with an Eagle at par 5 hole no 17 besides scoring two birdies and a bogy. Matloob carded par 36 at front nine and 33, three under at back nine. Ansar Mehmood carded three under 69 with one bogy and four birdies at hole no 1, 8, 14 and 16. He carded two under 34 at front nine and one under 35 at back nine. M Ashfaq, M Nazir and M Arif carded two under 70 each on the opening day.Ashfaq carded one 35 each at front and back nine including seven birdies and a double bogy at par-3 over hole no. 6 besides missing a stroke at hole no 16. Nazir carded 34 and 36 at front and back nine with three birdies and a missed stroke while M Arif carded five under 31 at front nine including six birdies and 39, three over par at back nine with one birdie and four bogeys.Amjad Yousaf (70), Tahir Naseem (70) and Safdar (70) were the other golfers played an excellent round. Amjad scored four birdies and a bogy, Tahir scored three birdies and two bogeys and Safdar made three birdies and a bogy.The championship is an annual feature carrying five different categories comprising professional over 9 and below, senior pro, junior pro, amateur handicap 12 below, ladies, boys’ u-15 and u-17, veterans and senior amateurs. The golfers have already tried their best for hole-in-one wherein a 1000CC car put on display in the entrance of the golf course.