Arjun Atwal in joint lead

JAKARTA, MARCH 24. Former Asian No. 1 Arjun Atwal provided the early fireworks with eight-under-par 62 to emerge the joint leader alongwith Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey in the opening round of the $one million Indonesia Open golf tournament here today.

Playing some near perfect golf, Atwal enjoyed a spectacular round that included eight birdies at Cengkareng Golf Club.

Hoey, the 2001 British Amateur champion, stumbled with two early bogeys before fighting back with eight birdies and an eagle to end the day alongside Atwal.

As the course is playing to a par 70 with two par fives reduced to par four challenges in the event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, the co-leaders effectively established a new course record.

Leading first round scores:

62 — Arjun Atwal (IND), Michael Hoey (IRL); 63 — Matthew Cort (ENG), Chris Williams (RSA); 64 — Gaurav Ghei (IND), Ron Won (USA), Andrew Buckle (AUS), Scott Barr (AUS), Eiji Mizoguchi (JPN); 65 — Sam Little (ENG), Sam Walker (ENG), Johan Skold (SWE), Mike Cunning (USA), Mardan Mamat (SIN), Boonchu Ruangkit (THA), Shiv Kapur (IND), Roope Kakko (FIN), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL); 66 — Richard Moir (AUS), Anthony Kang (USA), Peter Fowler (AUS), Thongchai Jaidee (THA), Brad Kennedy (AUS), Adam Fraser (AUS); 67 — Vernon Sexton-Finck (AUS), Matthew Morris (ENG), Stephen Browne (IRL), Pablo Del Olmo (MEX), Wang Ter-Chang (TPE), Colin Montgomerie (SCO), Frankie Minoza (PHI), David Griffiths (ENG), Rick Gibson (CAN), Gary Simpson (AUS); 68 — Rahil Gangjee (IND), Keith Horne (RSA), Miguel Angel Martin (ESP), David Bransdon (AUS), Robin Hodgetts (AUS), Marco Bernardini (ITA), Peter Gustafsson (SWE), Jarrod Lyle (AUS), Thammanoon Srirot (THA). — PTI

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