"Richardson shines with 63, Harrington stalks"

Thu 04 Dec 2014

"Richardson shines with 63, Harrington stalks"

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Jakarta, December 4: Tour rookie Kalem Richardson of Australia set the early pace after holing a 20-footer birdie on the last hole to lead by one-shot over Padraig Harrington of Ireland in the on-going first round of the BANK BRI Indonesia Open on Thursday.
Richardson did not play a practice round on the back nine at the Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course but still managed to card a brilliant eight-under-par 63 to lead at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
Harrington, a three-time Major champion, fired his low round in 2014 after opening with two four-footer birdies for a 64. Australia’s Adam Groom, who is struggling to recover from a leg infection, Bryce Easton of South Africa and Arjun Atwal of India shared third place after shooting matching 67s.
“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.
BANK BRI INDONESIAN OPEN 2014He secured his full Asian Tour card for the 2015 season after registering two top-five result in the last three weeks and is playing without any pressure.
“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 morning start and birdied his opening two holes before going on to add six more birdies including 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.
“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,” added Harrington.
Ends.