Clarke Starts Four Back in Indonesia

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European TourJAKARTA, Indonesia -- Joost Luiten and David Bransdon both fired rounds of 6-under-par 64 on Thursday to share the opening-round lead of the suspended Indonesia Open.
 
There was a 50-minute weather delay early in Thursday's first round, but afternoon storms were so severe that play at Cengkareng Golf Club had to be halted for the day.
 
The remaining players that need to complete their first rounds will do so at 6:45 a.m. local time Friday (6:45 p.m. ET Thursday night).
 
Juan Abbate, Felipe Aguilar, Philip Golding, Prayad Marksaeng, Jeev Milkha Singh, Kyron Sullivan and Wen-Chong Liang are knotted in third place at 5-under 65.
 
Scott Hend, Martin Wiegele and James Kamte are 5 under par in their opening rounds, but will need to finish on Friday.
 
Luiten began on the back nine Thursday and birdied his first two holes. He dropped shots at the 14th and 16th holes, but closed with a pair of birdies to make the turn at 2-under 32.
 
On his second nine, Luiten birdied the second hole, but was not near the top of the leaderboard at 3 under par. It was his play late on the second nine that earned him his share of first.
 
The 22-year old birdied three of his last four holes and Luiten found himself tied for the lead.
 
The brash youngster used a simple philosophy for his success on Thursday.
 
'If I have a good chance, I go for it,' acknowledge Luiten. 'That's the way I play. I want to win tournaments so you have to go for the pins. That's what I did today and it paid off with a lot of birdies. That's what you need to do out there.'
 
Bransdon played the course the traditional way and got off to a poor start. He bogeyed No. 1, but reclaimed the lost stroke quickly with a birdie at the second hole.
 
Bransdon rattled off four straight birdies from the fourth to get to minus-4.
 
'I had a great run of birdies from the second - four in a row which got me going and put me right up there which is always nice on the first day,' he said.
 
Bransdon birdied the 11th to get to 5 under par, one off Luiten's lead. A birdie at the last matched Bransdon with Luiten atop the leaderboard.
 
Bransdon could use a strong finish considering he lost his European Tour card last year.
 
'Winning here would be a great way to change everything, but we will see what happens,' said Bransdon. 'I putted really well and drove the ball well today so it was a pretty satisfying start.'
 
Defending champion Mikko Ilonen is in good shape after round one. He shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday and is part of a group tied for 13th place.
 
Ryder Cuppers Darren Clarke and Paul McGinley posted 68s on Thursday and are tied for 38th.
 
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