India’s Viraj Madappa steered clear of the competition with his flawless 7-under 65 round at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open at Pondok Indah Golf Course in Jakarta.
The Indian, who claimed his breakthrough on home soil last year, marked his flawless card with seven birdies to hold a one-shot advantage over Thailand’s Kosuke Hamamoto and Indonesian amateur, Naraajie Emerald Ramadhan Putra who both returned with matching 66s at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.
“It has been a while since I felt happy with the way I played. I’ve been playing well but just not able to put together four good rounds. So it’s really satisfying to be able to post a good score for a start today.
“I’ve been playing well but just not able to believe in myself. I’ve not been mentally disciplined enough and I was not trusting the shots I knew I could hit. But I’ve been working on that for a couple of weeks now and it’s good to see the results today,” said Madappa.
Last seen was Aman Raj trying to climb up the leaderboard, he is currently tied for fifth at -5 after 12 holes, closely followed by Shiv Kapur, Rashid Khan and Ajeetesh Sandhu at 4-under after 15 holes for tied ninth position on the board.