Plaphol shoots 65 in suspended round of Indonesia Open

Feb 15, 2007 - 4:28 PM JAKARTA, Indonesia (Ticker) -- Chawalit Plaphol is looking for a victory of his own at the Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open after having watched Thai compatriots Thongchai Jaidee and Thaworn Wiratchant enjoy success here in recent years.

Plaphol fired a bogey-free 6-under-par 65 on Thursday at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club's Pantai Indah Kapuk course to take a one-stroke lead in the suspended first round.

Thai golf has been on the rise with Jaidee winning back-to-back Malaysia Open titles in 2004 and 2005 and Wiratchant emerging triumphant in the Indonesia Open two years ago.

The 32-year-old Plaphol has come close to victory in events co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours with third-place finishes at the 2004 Malaysian Open and 2005 TCL Classic.

While he has enjoyed wins at the Japan Tour's ANA Open in 2004 and the Asian Tour's Bangkok Airways Open last year, Plaphol clearly craves a win on the European Tour.

"I hope to win a co-sanctioned event," Plaphol said. "I won an Asian Tour event last year and winning a co-sanctioned tournament this year would be great. I have seen Thongchai and Thaworn win this type of event before and I am very happy for both of them. But now I would like to emulate them and also win on the European Tour."

Plaphol know that he must maintain his consistency of the first day in order to enjoy success this week.

"The key here is to keep it on the fairway," he said. "Because the wind tends to pick up in the afternoon, you have to strike it quite accurately off the tee. I wasn't driving it well off the tee last week but I had a slight rest before coming here so I'm feeling quite good."

Finland's Mikko Ilonen was alone in second place with a 66 before play was suspended in the late afternoon due to heavy rain and lightning.

Of the 36 players yet to finish their first rounds, Korea's Park Jun-woon was the most is 4-under through 12 holes and in a tie for third place with Denmark's Mads Vibe-Hastrup and Shiv Kapur of India.

However, the Korean faces a long day on Friday as he will return to the golf course with the other weather-affected players before starting the second round.

Chapchai Nirat of Thailand, Christian Cevaer of France, Portugal's Jose-Filipe Lima, American Bryan Saltus, Australia's Adam Groom, Sweden's Partik Sjoland and the Indian pair of Gaurav Ghei and SSP Chowrasia are part of a large group that carded 3-under 68s.

Mark Foster and Simon Hurd of England each shot a 69.

Defending champion Simon Dyson of England opened with a 70.

"I played miles better than 1-under," Dyson said. "I birdied two of my first three holes and then lipped out at the next two (13 and 14). It was disappointing really as I played lovely. It's a course where sometimes you don't get your rewards."

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