Anirban Lahiri returning to action after a gap of more than a month, and SSP Chawrasia looking for his first career win outside India, despite three European Tour wins at home, carded identical three-under 68 each to be placed Tied-16th.
With play having been delayed by three hours and 25 minutes, only a few had finished their opening round as play continued and the first round is likely to finish on Friday.
Chawrasia was cruising at five-under through 15 holes and was Tied-second at that time. Starting on the tenth, he was five-under and then came the stutter at the finish, when he bogeyed the seventh and ninth and ended at 68.
Lahiri, whose last competitive round was at the Rio Olympic Games, also started from the tenth, After a par start on 10th, he had a hat-trick of birdies from 11th to 13th. Then he suffered a mid-round lapse, as he bogeyed 15th and 18th to turn in one-under.
A birdie on second was followed by a bogey on fourth. Birdies on sixth and eighth saw him finish at 68, making it a satisfying round for someone coming after a long layoff.