Tanihara, Kodaira and Kang lead after first day of Singapore Open

Japan’s Hideto Tanihara and Satoshi Kodaira together with Korea’s Kyungnam Kang were the sharp shooters on Thursday at the SMBC Singapore Open.

A lengthy rain delay that lasted close to two and a half hours in the afternoon meant that 69 players will return to complete their first round at 7.30am on Friday.

However, Tanihara, Kodaira and Kang were all able to complete their first rounds. In fact, they completed their first rounds with style. All three players went round the demanding par-71, 7,398-yard Serapong course in matching six-under-par 65s to take the clubhouse lead.

Speaking after his round, which contained seven birdies and one bogey, Tanihara admitted that he was very happy with his game, particularly his putting.

“It was overall a good round,” he smiled.

“I flew over to Singapore right after finishing the final round on Sunday at Hawaiian Open.

“The jet-lag is not too bad. I woke up a couple of times at night but I am able to sleep.

“I three-putted my only bogey on the par-four first hole but apart from that, I felt really comfortable with my putting as I managed to read the greens well.

“After last year’s experience, I know the weather changes quickly here. So I am ready for thunder and rain.”

Adam Scott is two-under through 16 holes while Ernie Els is two-over with two holes to play. Sergio Garcia carded a level-par-71.

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