Rattanon surges to the top #IndoOpenGolf

Jakarta, October 27: Young Thai talent Rattanon Wannasrichan closed with four straight birdies to sign for a solid six-under-par 66, grabbing the halfway clubhouse lead by one shot at the ongoing Indonesia Open on Friday.

The 22-year-old Rattanon, who secured his Asian Tour breakthrough in May, marked his card with eight birdies against two bogeys for a two-day total of eight-under-par 136 at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.

Rattanon overcame his four-shot deficit by riding on a hot putter for a solid round where he needed only 22 putts around the greens.

Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand

Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand

“I had a great finish to the round. I hit my irons very good and everything else was good too. The course is in fantastic condition. I will stick to the same game plan tomorrow, hopefully I can keep hitting fairways and greens and make a lot of putts,” said the baby-faced Thai.

Rattanon’s closing stretch of birdies included a chip-in from 10 yards on the eighth hole and a 12-footer on the ninth.

“This golf course feels similar to where I won my first Asian Tour title earlier in May. It’s not too long and it wasn’t so windy today so it was to my advantage,” Rattanon added.

American Josh Salah lurks one shot back in second place following a 67 while Singapore’s Johnson Poh and Johannes Veerman of the United States trail by two shots in third following respective rounds of 69 and 70 at the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.

Defending champion Gaganjeet Bhullar of India and playing partner Stephen Leaney of Australia, who had returned in the morning to birdie the 18th hole and grabbed the first round lead, stayed four shots off the pace following matching 73s.