Jakarta, Indonesia, 28-11-2013

Bhullar is first round leader at Indonesia Open

Gaganjeet Bhullar claimed a two-shot lead at the Indonesia Open after carding seven-under- 64 in the first round on Thursday. Bhullar shot an incredible round laced with seven birdies at the USD 750,000 Asian Tour event being played at the Pantai Indah Kapuk course.

The chasing pack was two shots behind and consisted of Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, Malaysians Nicholas Fung and Shaaban Hussin, Americans Anthony Kang and Berry Henson and Korean Mo Joong-kyung.

Among the other Indians in the fray, Sujjan Singh was tied for 8th spot after a first round of 67 while Jyoti Randhawa was tied 22nd at 69. Abhinav Lohan occupied tied 30th after firing a 70, even as Anirban Lahiri’s effort of 71 placed him tied 43rd. Shiv Kapur and SSP Chowrasia were both in tied 59th with scores of 72. Himmat Singh Rai, Chiragh Kumar and Rahil Gangjee were placed 78th, 95th and 107th, respectively.

Bhullar missed only one fairway and was equally dominant on the greens where he made 27 putts. Ranked sixth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, Bhullar burst into the sole lead when he sank five straight birdies from the fourth hole onwards.

"The way I've been striking the ball from the first tee, I knew I could go low because my striking was right up there. Once my putts started falling, that's when I went really low," said the four-time Asian Tour winner after the day's play.

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