Jakarta, December 5 - In-form Thanyakon Khrongpha of Thailand fired a superb eight-under-par 63 to seize the clubhouse lead as Padraig Harrington’s charge was stopped by bad weather at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open on Friday.
The slightly-built Thai produced a near perfect card in the calm morning conditions which included nine birdies before stumbling to a lone bogey on his last hole to settle for a 12-under-par 130 total at the Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk Course.
Multiple Major winner Harrington negotiated his way in 12-under through 12 holes before the US$750,000 halfway stage was called off for the day due to inclement weather. The Irishman and 66 other players will resume play at 6.30am on Saturday.
Among the players who finished their rounds include Asian Tour rookie Nathan Holman of Australia, who was two shots back after matching Thanyakon’s efforts of 63, while Scott Hend and Jarin Todd of the United States shot identical 64s for a 133 total.
George Gandranata (68) continued his good form and provisionally entered the top ten, and is being challenged for top Indonesian player by Jordan Irawan, who fired a 67 and is now one shot behind George. However the rest of the home field will likely not make the cut that currently is projected at +1 (143).
The slightly built Thanyakon continued his rich vein of form after securing two top-five results in Japan and Chiangmai in the last three weeks. He is beginning to reap the rewards of working with his coach Andrew Knott since 2013.
“Everything in my game was good especially my ball striking. I hit a lot of shots for close range birdies. The longest birdie of the day was on the seventh hole from 30 feet,” said the 24-year-old Thanyakon.
“I enjoyed a good run after turning professional in 2010 but after that I didn’t do too well because I had no confidence in my swing. Mentally I was not strong enough. Then last year, I worked with Andrew and I’ve really improved since then,” he explained.
Harrington, a three-time Major winner, was five-under at the turn courtesy of an opening eagle which he holed from 15 feet. He marked his card with another bogey and birdie before play was abandoned.
“I had a nice start. I hit a nice drive and a five iron to about 15 feet for eagle. I birdied the next two as well. It was nice to be four-under after three holes. I didn’t play quite solid after that but we’ll have to see if I can finish strongly tomorrow,” said Harrington.
“The course is playing nicely. There was a bit of wind in the afternoon which made it trickier. As I play more rounds I get to know the course a little better. I have an early wake-up call tomorrow so hopefully I can continue to do well,” he explained.
Tour rookie Holman took advantage of the ideal scoring conditions without shooting a single bogey. Currently ranked 95th on the Order of Merit, the Australian is spurred on by the thought of saving his card for next year.
“I’m looking to play on the Asian Tour until the end of the year and try to keep my card. Keeping my card is definitely on my mind and it is spurring me on a little bit. Anytime you shoot in the low 60s when you got something on the line is always good,” said Holman.
Big-hitting Hend, who won his first Asian Tour title on this course in 2008, eagled the 13th hole from eight feet to charge into contention.
“I had some loose shots coming in and I’m a bit lucky to make some par putts and saves. I hit it good on the first nine and not so good on the back so it even out. Now I’m in a nice position,” said Hend, a six-time Asian Tour winner.
Scores after round 2 of the Bank BRI Indonesia Open (Par 71):
(Indonesian unless stated, A denotes amateur)
130 – Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 67-63
132 – Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 69-63
133 – Jarin TODD (USA) 69-64, Scott HEND (AUS) 69-64
137 – Poosit SUPUPRAMAI (THA) 70-67, Chris RODGERS (ENG) 69-68, George GANDRANATA 69-68, Blair WILSON (AUS) 68-69
138 – Jordan IRAWAN 71-67, Quincy QUEK (SIN) 71-67
144 - Jamel ONDO 75-69
146 - William SJAICHUDIN 77-69, Andik MAULUDIN 72-74
147 - Kurnia Herisiandy SANTOSO 77-70
149 - Ian ANDREW 76-73
150 - Rinaldi ADIYANDONO 76-74
152 - Indra HERMAWAN 74-78, I Ketut SUGIARTA 78-74
154 - Joshua Andrew WIRAWAN 79-75, Dominikus GLENN (A) 78-76
155 - Bramantio ADI 79-76
156 - Cahyo ADHITOMO (A) 76-80, Kevin C. AKBAR (A) 80-76
157 - Anugerah BAGINDA (A) 79-78
158 - Fajar WINURYANTO 80-78
161 - Asep SAEFULLOH 81-80
162 - Ramadhan ALWIE (INA)
Still to complete the second round:
-12 - Padraig HARRINGTON (IRL) 64 -5 (12)
-7 - Sam BRAZEL (AUS) 68 -4 (12), Kalem RICHARDSON (AUS) 63 +1 (11)
-6 - Danny CHIA (MAS) 68 -3 (13)
-5 - Bryce EASTON (RSA) 67 -1 (10)
+2 - Johannes DERMAWAN 72 +1 (15)
+3 - Junaidi IBRAHIM 74 Par (9)
+5 - Benny KASIADI 75 +1(16)
+7 - Fahmi REZA 76 +2(8)
+8 - Calvin ALAN (A) 79 Par (9)
+10 - Rizchy SUBEKTI (A) 77 +4 (16), Zaki AULIYAN (A) 73 +8 (16)
+11 - Asep CAPRIE 74 +8 (12), Ilyasyak 82 Par (9)
+16 - Jon CAHYADI (A) 83 +4 (8)
+20 - Rafa SALMUN (A) 85 +6 (8)