Gaganjeet Bhullar best Indian in 10th place at Indonesia Open | Golf News

Gaganjet Bhullar. (File Photo – YOU Photo)

Jakarta: Gaganjet Bhullar was the top Indian in the first round of the Indonesia Open, which could not be completed as the game ended early due to bad weather on Thursday.
He shot 4 under 68 and was tied for 10th.
The Indian was still five strokes behind the young Hong Kong amateur Taichi Kho and Itthipat Buranatanyarat from Thailand. Both shot a stunning eight-under-par bogeyless 64 to take the clubhouse lead in the rain-interrupted first round at Pondok Indah Golf Course.
Among the other Indians, Rahil Gangjee and SSP Chawrasia finished their first round with 3-under 69, while Ajeetesh Sandhu was 3-under over 14 holes.
Rashid Khan was also 3 cents at 12. Veer Ahlawat, Shiv Kapur and M Dharma were 2 under and had yet to complete their rounds, while Jyoti Randhawa and S Chikkarangappa (71) had completed their rounds.
Udayan’s Mane (72) and Khalin (73) were further behind, Chiragh and Karandeep Kochhar were also 1-over but needed to complete their rounds.
Bhullar had five birdies on the front of the course, but two bogeys against a birdie on the back nine.
Kho, ranked 100th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, took the lead in a professional event for the first time when he hit his third shot on the ninth par five, which was his 18th, to join Itthipat at the top of the standings. . .
A total of 59 players were unable to complete due to two rain delays earlier before the game was abandoned due to fading light.
Two of Thailand’s most decorated golfers — Prayad Marksaeng and Chapchai Nirat — shot 65 rounds, while Tirawat Kaewsiribandit carded a 66.
The $500,000 event is the 11th stop of the season on the Asian circuit.

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Michael C. Ford