Hend and Hwang lead by two over Big Easy at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Thu 02 May 2013

Hend and Hwang lead by two over Big Easy at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, May 2: Australia’s Scott Hend continued his dominant Asian Tour run by shooting a six-under-par 66 to share the opening round honours with Hwang Inn-choon of Korea at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Thursday.
Reigning Open Championship winner Ernie Els of South Africa was also in the mix after returning with a 68 at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event which is staged at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria, who finished tied-seventh last year, fired 67 for third while Thai rising star Arnond Vongvanij, Jason Knutzon of the United States, Adilson Da Silva of Brazil and Australians David Lutterus, Unho Park and Scott Barr, who is playing in his 200th Asian Tour event, were a further shot back with Els.
Hwang Inn-choon of Korea Hwang Inn-choon of Korea
The big-hitting Hend renewed his fondness of playing in the country where he won his first Asian Tour title in 2008. He was delighted to be in position to win his second victory this season following his triumph at the Chiangmai Golf Classic in Thailand in March.
“I’m in a good position. The scores are going to be low this week so I’ve got to keep grinding those numbers and add that into a good score,” said Hend, who traded six birdies and one eagle against one double bogey.
“The ball is not rolling very far because of how wet it is from the rain last night. We (big hitters) have an advantage over the other guys but you still have to get those putts into the hole,” said the three-time Asian Tour winner.
Starting from the 10th tee, Hend got off to a fast start with three straight birdies from 12. He double bogeyed five but it was swiftly erased with an eagle two on the subsequent hole.
“Got a bit unlucky and hit an average drive and chipped out from the rough where I hit into the cart path which went into an unplayable lie and took a double bogey. These things happen in golf but I got straight back into business with an eagle,” said Hend.
Korea’s Hwang, who won on the Asian Tour in 2008, put his new putter to good use when he birdied four of his closing five holes to share the lead.
“I haven’t been putting good enough so on Wednesday, I decided to go to the pro-shop to buy a new Odyssey putter. It felt very good and that’s why I played so well!” he smiled.
“I’m very happy because my putting was so good and I hit a lot of drives on the fairways. I like to play on this golf course. It has very good fairways and fast greens,” added Hwang.
A return to Asia has brought out the best from four-time Major champion Els, who finished tied 13th at the Masters Tournament and was placed 15th on the PGA Tour on Sunday.
“I’m starting to feel more comfortable with my game. The last time I played in Chiangmai, I wasn’t too comfortable with my game. I played okay at the Masters Tournament and had a nice week at New Orleans. I feel that things are starting to come around so I got to thank the Asian Tour for getting my game back in shape. I like playing out here,” said Els.
Leading scores after round 1 of the CIMB NIAGA Indonesian Masters being played at the par 72, 7340 Yards Royale Jakarta GC course (a- denotes amateur):
66 - HWANG Inn-choon (KOR), Scott HEND (AUS).
67 - Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT).
68 - Adilson DA SILVA (BRA), Ernie ELS (RSA), David LUTTERUS (AUS), Jason KNUTZON (USA), Scott BARR (AUS), Arnond VONGVANIJ (THA), Unho PARK (AUS).
69 - Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS), Carlos PIGEM (ESP), Chawalit PLAPHOL (THA), Thaworn WIRATCHANT (THA), Simon DYSON (ENG), Wade ORMSBY (AUS), Javi COLOMO (ESP), Gunn CHAROENKUL (THA), Thongchai JAIDEE (THA), Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI (THA).
70 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA), Namchok TANTIPOKHAKUL (THA), Shiv KAPUR (IND), Iain STEEL (MAS), HUNG Chien-yao (TPE), Sujjan SINGH (IND), Chris RODGERS (ENG), Daisuke KATAOKA (JPN), Ryan MCCARTHY (AUS), Kieran PRATT (AUS), Darren CLARKE (NIR), Angelo QUE (PHI), Zaw MOE (MYN), Antonio LASCUNA (PHI), Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA), Peter RICHARDSON (ENG).
Selected scores
72 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND)
74 - LIN Wen-tang (TPE)
Ends.
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria Bernd Wiesberger of Austria
About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 971 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 March 2013, including 592 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 50 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,300 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Myanmar). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD18.4 billion as at 31 March 2013. The Group has over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.