Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee made a modest start at the Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open as he was at tied 70th at the end of first round in Ibaraki (Japan) on Thursday. He had one birdie and three bogeys in his card of 74. Korea’s Kyung-Tae Kim and Dylan Perry were tied for the lead at five-under 67. Shotaro Wada was tied third with 68 while six players, including YE Yang, were tied fourth with 69 each. Kyung-Tae Kim, who had been going through a tough time with putting woes, still managed five-under 67 to take a share of the lead.
The young Order of Merit champion, Shugo Imahira, made a great start with 3-under par play on the monster course on Day 1. He played at Kansai Open last week, just coming back from the PGA Championship the weekend before.
On Monday, he played the 36-hole US Open sectional and came second, and grabbed the ticket to the US Open.