Natipong fires ahead at #IndoOpenGolf

Fri 18 Nov 2016

Natipong fires ahead at #IndoOpenGolf

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Jakarta, November 18: Natipong Srithong of Thailand birdied his closing two holes for an eight-under-par 64 to seize the first round lead at the US$300,000 BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open on Friday.
Natipong returned to finish five holes after play was suspended due to darkness on Thursday. The 23-year-old leads by one shot from countryman Chinnarat Phadungsil and Khalin Joshi of India, who are both fighting to save their Tour cards for next season.
Hung Chien-yao of Chinese Taipei, who is searching for a first Asian Tour title, fired a bogey-free 66 to continue his fine form after finishing in seventh place in the Philippines on Sunday.
Korea’s Soonsang Hong, Sukree Othman of Malaysia, two-time Asian Tour winner Jazon Knutzon of the United States, Johannes Veerman, Niyomchon Donlaphatchai of Thailand and Mithun Perera of Sri Lanka are a further shot back on 67s.
Natipong, who won his first Asian Tour title last year, was on six-under before the siren went off but he continued from where he left off, holing two birdies to take the outright lead.
“I’ve been hitting and putting very good. I wasn’t disappointed they stopped the round because I’m feeling very confident with my game. I’m very happy with all my shots and I enjoy playing on this course,” said Natipong.
Scores after round 1 of the Bank BRI-JCB Indonesia Open 2016 being played at the par 72, 7243 Yards Pondok Indah GC course (am - denotes amateur):
64 - Natipong SRITHONG (THA).
65 - Khalin JOSHI (IND), Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA).
66 - HUNG Chien-yao (TPE).
67 - Soonsang HONG (KOR), Sukree OTHMAN (MAS), Jason KNUTZON (USA), Johannes VEERMAN (USA), Donlaphatchai NIYOMCHON (THA), Mithun PERERA (SRI).
68 - Almay Rayhan YAQUTAH (am, INA), Quincy QUEK (SIN), Ben LEONG (MAS), Nicolas PAEZ (USA), Victor OSTERBY (DEN), Janne KASKE (FIN), Danny MASRIN (INA), Chiragh KUMAR (IND).
69 - HSIEH Chi-hsien (TPE), Michael BIBAT (PHI), Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA), Danthai BOONMA (THA), Alessandro TADINI (ITA), Sam BRAZEL (AUS), Pannakorn UTHAIPAS (THA), Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA), Mardan MAMAT (SIN), Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN).
Ends.