Chan and Bjorn steal early thunder #IM15

Thu 23 Apr 2015

Chan and Bjorn steal early thunder #IM15

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Jakarta, April 23: Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang showed his mettle as he opened his accounts at the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf with a six-under-par 66 to share the morning round lead with Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn on Thursday.
Bjorn, who is seeking his first win in Asia, overcame the hot and humid conditions at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club by trading seven birdies against one bogey for a 66 while India’s Abhijit Chadha, who had the honour of holing the tournament’s first hole-in-one at the par-three 15, signed for a 67, to trail the morning leaders by one.
One of the most successful players on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) with four wins, Chan showed his class and composure in his first start on the Asian Tour.
Abhijit Chadha of India Abhijit Chadha of India
Chan came off the blocks quickly by reaching the turn in 32 after four birdies.
The 28-year-old continued his birdie sprint on 12 and 14 before dropping his only shot of the day on 16. However, he redeemed himself quickly with a closing birdie.
“I’ve won four times on the ADT and I’m really serious about winning on the Asian Tour now.
"I hope to bring my wealth of experience, playing and winning on the ADT to the Asian Tour. It’s definitely a big step up for me and I’m looking forward to my breakthrough,” said Chan.
Bjorn, who boasts 21 professional victories worldwide including 15 on the European Tour, is also upbeat of landing his first win in Asia after overcoming the early morning humidity.
“I played pretty solid and I got onto a nice run in my back-nine which kind of brought the round to a really good score.
“It was humid but nice in the morning especially the first 10 to 11 holes. You’ve got to focus really hard and not let your guard down here,” said the big Dane.
Chadha, who secured his Tour card at Qualifying School, received a timely confidence booster when he aced the 15th hole with his six-iron.
The hole-in-one set the Indian on his way to a promising start when he would go on to mark his card with four birdies and one bogey.
“It was good today. I started off well by getting a hole-in-one on the 15th and that really kept myself in it. I hit a six-iron, aimed straight at the flag and it went right into the hole.
"I’ve made a hole-in-one in my career but this is really special as I’ve made it on the Asian Tour. That gave me lots of confidence not only for the rest of the round but the entire week ahead,” said Chadha.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA Tour of Indonesia, the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters Presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf will feature 24 Indonesian golfers, 20 professionals from the PGA Tour of Indonesia and four of Indonesia’s top amateurs who will compete in the 150 player field over 72 holes of individual stroke play.
For more information on the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters Presented by Enjoy Jakarta Golf visit http://www.indonesianmasters.co.id/ and https://www.facebook.com/indonesianmasters.
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