Modest start for Rahil Gangjee in Japan

Rahil Gangjee needs a stronger round on the second day to make sure he gets action over the weekend.

File picture of Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee.   -  PTI

Indian golfer Rahil Gangjee found himself in danger of missing the cut at the Japan Golf Tour Championship Mori Building Cup as he carded 2-over 74 in the first round on Thursday.

The Indian needs a stronger round on the second day to make sure he gets action over the weekend.

Gangjee had two birdies against four bogeys and left a lot of putts out there. Though he did not have any three-putts, he missed a few makeable birdie putts after managing barely half the drives into the fairways.

Yoshitaka Takeya finished as sole leader with 65 that included a stunning 28 on his back nine.

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Shishido Hills course is known to be tougher on the inward nine holes, but Yoshitaka overcame that with seven birdies in nine holes.

He began with eight pars and a bogey on the front nine. On the back nine, he chipped in for birdie on 10th followed by four straight one-putts for birdies.

Ironically, he missed a birdie on Par-5 15th, where he two-putted and then had two more one-putts -- for birdie on 17th and for par on 18th.

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