Defending champion Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand signed for a 68 to sit in third place with Sweden's Malcolm Kokocinski and Ye Jian-feng of China © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Defending champion Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand signed for a 68 to sit in third place with Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski and Ye Jian-feng of China © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Changhwa (Chinese Taipei): Rookie Aman Raj was tied sixth after the first round at the Taifong Open on Thursday, as he shot three-under 69. Another Indian, S Chikkarangappa, a two-time winner of Asian Development Tour events, carded two-under 70 and was Tied-17th. Indonesia s Danny Masrin and local prospect Tseng Hong-sheng opened with identical five-under-par 67s to lead by one shot. Meanwhile, the organisers decided that the Taifong Open will resume on Saturday as officials have decided not the start the second round on Friday due to the impending arrival of Typhoon Napartak.

Masrin marked his card with seven birdies against two bogeys while Tseng returned with a bogey-free round to put himself in a share of the lead for the first time on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the Taifong Golf Club. Defending champion Rattanon Wannasrichan of Thailand signed for a 68 to sit in third place with Sweden’s Malcolm Kokocinski and Ye Jian-feng of China, who is playing on a sponsor’s invite, at the USD 160,000 event, richest tournament on the ADT schedule this season.

Home star Lin Wen-tang, chasing to seal his Olympic berth with a good showing this week, sits two shots off the pace in tied-sixth position while Order of Merit leader Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand recorded a 70 to tie in 17th place. The winner of the Taifong Open will take home a prize purse of USD 28,000 and receive six OWGR points. The top-five finishers on the Merit rankings at the end of this season will secure Asian Tour cards for 2017.