Richardson leads with 63 as Harrington lurks

Thu 04 Dec 2014

Richardson leads with 63 as Harrington lurks

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Jakarta, December 4: Kalem Richardson of Australia fired a superb eight-under-par 63 to lead by one shot over Padraig Harrington of Ireland after the first round of the BANK BRI Indonesia Open on Thursday.
Richardson, who has two top-five results in his last three events, rolled in eight birdies, including a 20-footer on the last hole to steal the limelight from Harrington, who is making his debut at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
The three-time Major champion, produced his best score in 2014 with a 64 after birdieing his first two holes from close range at the Damai Indah Golf – PIK Course.
Padraig Harrington of Ireland Padraig Harrington of Ireland
Australia’s Adam Groom battled through a leg infection to return with a 67 to tie for third place alongside India’s Arjun Atwal, Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand and Bryce Easton of South Africa.
Starting from the 10th tee, Richardson stayed sharp on his first nine holes, as he did not play the stretch during the practice round, and was rewarded with four straight birdies before turning in 31.
“I guess when you haven’t played the back nine, you concentrate more because you don’t know where you are going. You really need to rely on the yardage book and good advice from your caddy,” said the 26-year-old Richardson.
He is playing without any pressure this week after securing his full Asian Tour card for the 2015 season after finishing tied fourth in Thailand last week.
“I secured my Asian Tour card last week so I’m going to try and enjoy the week and see what happens. I got no pressure on me now so I’ll just try and finish as high as I can on the Order of Merit. Obviously I want to try to get a win before the season ends,” said the Australian, who is ranked 47th on the Merit list.
Harrington took advantage of his early morning start and birdied his opening two holes before going on to add six more birdies which included a 15-footer birdie on the par three seventh hole.
“I could have picked a few spots to make more birdies. I made a nice 15-footer on the seventh hole and it is always nice to hole a nice putt when you are already six-under for the day,” said the Irishman.
Arjun Atwal of India Arjun Atwal of India
“Overall I’m happy with the round. Obviously it is still a long way to go. It was very nice early on and the greens are a little bit softer. When the wind came up after nine holes, it wasn’t really a problem for me because I had a few birdies in the bank at that stage,” smiled Harrington.
Atwal, the 2003 Asian Tour number one and first Indian to win on the PGA Tour, got off to a slow start when he turned in 35 but bounced back with three birdies on his way home.
“I didn’t take advantage of the early start. I didn’t make a birdie after six holes but I stayed patient and tried to hole some putts which happened on my back nine. My game is getting better every week and I’m happy with today’s efforts,” said Atwal.
Thailand’s Thanyakon holed his greenside bunker shot on the first hole for eagle and chipped-in from 125 yards on the par four fifth hole for his second eagle of the day.
The slightly built Thai hopes to continue his hot form after finishing tied third in Japan last week and securing a share of second place in Chiangmai on the Asian Tour two weeks ago.
“It was a good day even though I bogeyed the last. I’m playing with a lot of confidence. I missed the cut here last year but now I’m playing much better,” said the 24-year-old Thanyakon.
Scores after round 1 of the Bank BRI Indonesia Open being played at the par 71, 7100 Yards Damai Indah GC course (a- denotes amateur):
63 - Kalem RICHARDSON (AUS).
64 - Padraig HARRINGTON (IRL).BANK BRI INDONESIAN OPEN 2014
67 - Adam GROOM (AUS), Bryce EASTON (RSA), Arjun ATWAL (IND), Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA).
68 - Danny CHIA (MAS), Rahil GANGJEE (IND), Sam BRAZEL (AUS), S.S.P CHOWRASIA (IND), Daniel CHOPRA (SWE), Carlos PIGEM (ESP), Blair WILSON (AUS).
69 - Fadhli Rahman SOETARSO (am, INA), Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA), Settee PRAKONGVECH (THA), Lionel WEBER (FRA), MO Joong-kyung (KOR), Scott BARR (AUS), Jarin TODD (USA), Nathan HOLMAN (AUS), Chris RODGERS (ENG), Miguel TABUENA (PHI), Terry PILKADARIS (AUS), Mithun PERERA (SRI), George GANDRANATA (INA), Scott HEND (AUS), Jack MUNRO (AUS).
70 - Sutijet KOORATANAPISAN (THA), Chris GAUNT (AUS), WANG Jeung-hun (KOR), Andrew DODT (AUS), Masahiro KAWAMURA (JPN), LEE Sung (KOR), LU Wen-teh (TPE), Tirto TAMARDI (am, INA), Boonchu RUANGKIT (THA), Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA), Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA).
About BANK BRI
Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) is one of Indonesia’s state-owned banks and was incorporated on December 16, 1895. Bank BRI is a public listed company and is amongst the top listed companies at the Indonesian Stock Exchange. Bank BRI has served more than 50 million customers and has over 10,000 outlets and more than 100,000 e-Channel network spread all over Indonesia. For more information about Bank BRI, please visit www.bri.co.id
About Persatuan Golf Indonesia
Persatuan Golf Indonesia (PGI) is the National Golf Association which is the sole authority in charge of the national amateur golf in the country that was founded on April 8, 1966. In addition to shelter under the R&A Scotland, PGI is also a member of the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation (APGC) which consists of 28 similar associations in the Asia Pacific region.
About the Asian Tour
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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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.