Indonesia’s Rory Hie opened a two-stroke lead with a surprising bogey-free spherical of eight-under 66 and set the tempo for the remainder of the sector on the primary day of the $300,000 Traditional Golf and Nation Membership Worldwide Championship right here on Thursday.
The younger duo of Adil Bedi (18) and Aman Raj (24) fired rounds of 67 to be three photographs behind the chief. A trio of Thai professionals shared the second spot at 66.
With 33 Indians breaking par within the first spherical, it was simple to guess the problem supplied by the course on a windless day.
The excessive degree of humidity performed its half and examined these on the course. Hie made essentially the most of teeing off at 8.30 a.m. and signing off earlier than the circumstances turned more difficult.
“This is probably like the most enjoyable round I had all year,” mentioned the Indonesian chief.
“I felt like I was in the zone for most of the round and everything worked in my favour. I just have to continue enjoying myself and approach the next three days with the same attitude.”
Reuniting with caddie
Hie was tied ninth when he performed right here within the 2009 SAIL Open. “That was the 12 months when Chapchai (Nirat) received and set a world file. The tough now makes it a lot tougher.
“In case you don’t hit it on the green, you bought to scramble and make par. The humorous factor is the caddie I labored with again then nonetheless recognises me and we’re reuniting this week.”
The scores (first spherical):
64: Rory Hie (Ina); 66: Sattaya Supuramai (Tha), Suradit Yongcharoenchai (Tha), Kwanchai Tannin (Tha); 67: Adil Bedi, Aman
Raj, Andreas Gronkvist (Swe); 68: Rashid Khan, Ranjit Singh and Poosit Surpuramai (Tha), Daniel Fox (Aus), Neil Schietekat (RSA), Akbar Hossain (Ban), Abhijit Chadha, Seungjae Maeng (USA), Himmat Rai, and Narutoshi Mizuno (Jpn).
Different Indians (with sub-par scores): 69: Abhinav Lohan, Priyanshu Singh, C. Muniyappa, Amadip Malik, Sanjay Kumar, Anikur Chadha, Mani Ram, Yashas Chandra, Kshitisj Naveed Kaul, Viraj Madappa, Shivnaren Srinivasan; 70: Sudhir Sharma, Raju Ali, Vijay Kumar, S. Chikkarangappa, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Dhruv Sheoran, Harshjeet Singh Sethie (A); 71: Veer Ahlawat, Harendra Gupta, Shamim Khan, Om Prakash Chouhan, Divyanshu Bajaj, Honey Baisoya, Kapil Kumar, Shivendra Singh Sisodia and Amandeep Johl.