Atwal Shares Lead in Indonesia Monty 5 Back

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JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Arjun Atwal and Michael Hoey each posted rounds of 8-under-par 62 Thursday and share the lead during the first round of the Enjoy Jakarta Standard Chartered Indonesia Open.
 
The first round was delayed for over two hours during the round due to lightning. The round was eventually suspended by darkness with 57 players left on the course needing to complete their opening rounds.
 
Those players will return to the course at 7:00 a.m. local time on Friday to complete round one, while round two will begin at 7:30 a.m.
 
Englishman Matthew Cort and South African Chris Williams share third place at 7-under-par 63. Eiji Mizoguchi, Ron Won, Gaurav Ghei, Andrew Buckle and Scott Barr were one stroke further back at minus-six. Thaworn Wiratchant also stands at 6-under par having completed 12 holes of his first round.
 
Atwal, who is battling a head cold, began his round on the back nine at Cengkareng Golf Club. After a pair of pars, Atwal rolled in his first birdie try to get into red figures at the par-three 12th.
 
The India native converted consecutive birdie tries from the 14th to move to 3-under. Atwal capped his opening nine with a birdie at the 18th.
 
On the front side, Atwal birdied the par-4 second and the par-3 fourth to climb to minus-six. The 32-year-old dropped in a birdie try at the sixth and made it two straight when he birdied the seventh. The two-time winner on the European Tour closed with a pair of pars.
 
'I hit some bad shots, but didn't let it get to me,' Atwal said. 'The course is there for the taking, you can make some birdies out there.'I started with a 62 in my last European win and the club manager who was at the Mines Resort in Malaysia is now running this club here. It could be a good sign.'
 
Hoey didn't look like he would be anywhere near the leaderboard at the start of his round. He tripped to bogies at the 12th and 13th to start his round. However, the Ulsterman got one stroke back with a birdie on the par-4 14th.
 
The 26-year-old closed his opening nine with three straight birdies from the 16th to make the turn at minus-two. Hoey sank his fourth birdie try at the third.
 
Hoey really caught fire coming home. He birdied the fifth and jumped to minus-six with an eagle at the par-5 sixth when he rolled in a 70-foot putt. Hoey came right back with a birdie on the seventh and then closed his round out with a birdie at the par-5 ninth.
 
Nicolas Colsaerts leads a group of players at 5-under-par 65. He was joined there by Mike Cunning, Roope Kakko, Shiv Kapur, Sam Little, Mardan Mamat, Boonchu Ruangkit, Johan Skold and Sam Walker. Paul Marantz and Daniel Alfredo Vancsik both stand at minus-five and are through 12 holes of their first round.
 
Seven-time European Ryder Cup performer Colin Montgomerie needs a big showing here this week. A win would get him into the top-50 in the world golf rankings making him eligible for The Masters. He opened with a 3-under-par 67 and stands in a tie for 32nd.
 
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