Ok and Suradit are clubhouse leaders

Ok and Suradit are clubhouse leaders

Suradit Yongcharoenchai plays a shot during the first round at the Singapore Open.  SMBC Singapore Open
Suradit Yongcharoenchai plays a shot during the first round at the Singapore Open.  SMBC Singapore Open

Sentosa: Korean Ok Tae-Hoon sensationally eagled the two par-fives on the front nine of the tough Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club yesterday to help take the clubhouse lead along with Thailand's Suradit Yongcharoenchai on the opening day of the US$1.25 million SMBC Singapore Open.

Ok and Suradit fired five-under-par 66s in the final event of the season on the Asian Tour to lead from Korean Kim Si-Hwan, Thailand's Sadom Kaewkanjana and Justin De Los Santos of the Philippines who returned 67s.

Koreans Kim Joo-Hyung -- the current leader of the Asian Tour Order of Merit and winner of last week's the Singapore International -- and Jang Dong-Kyu came in with 68s, in a group of players consisting of Thailand's 14-year-old wonderkid Ratchanon Chantananuwat, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit, and Kosuke Hamamoto and Singapore's Jesse Yap.

Play was abandoned for the day at 5.51pm due to poor weather (lightning and rain), with 52 players due to resume their opening rounds at 7.30am this morning.

Little-known Ok hit a rescue to 20 feet for his eagle on the fourth and on the par-five seventh nailed a 3-wood to 15 feet and holed out. He also made three birdies, including one on 18, and two bogeys. "The last tournament didn't go too well so I was feeling a bit anxious," said the 23-year-old, who missed the cut in The Singapore International.

"But after last week I've been practising a lot, so think I've improved and figured things out."

Suradit had a chance to take the outright lead but missed an eagle putt on the par-five 18th from 15 feet. Impressively, he went bogey free.

"Really happy today," said Suradit. "I played good, putting was OK, I hit tee shots that were very good but some second shots on par threes were not so good, but it's OK."

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