India’s Raheel Ganguly (72) slipped on the last three holes and finished in one over and was tied for 29th on a difficult day at the Colon Korea Open here and was the top-ranked Indian.
Gangji was in the top 5 after 15 holes, but in his last three holes from seventh to ninth after starting at 10, Bogie saw him slide down the challenging Wu Jiong Hills course.
Gaganjit Bhullar (73) was at 2-over and was ranked 48th, while Veer Ahlawat (78) and Honey Baisoya (80) were ranked 120th and 133rd respectively and were in danger of missing the cut.
Seungsu Han, 35, of the U.S., took the early lead in the 64th edition of the tournament by posting an impeccable three-under-par score of 68. He was the only player in the morning session to avoid dropping a shot. The course proved tough with the word go in the USD 1.03 million event co-approved by the Asian Tour and the Korea Golf Association.
He was later joined by Jaime Hwang and Lee Jungwan, both of whom also shot 3-under 68-each.
Gangji opened on the 10th and made the fourth and ninth bird before the turn and played the first six holes of the front nine before crossing the seventh, eighth and ninth boogie.
Bhullar started with a bogey on the 10th but on the 12th Birdie saw him spin in the 2nd over before the bogeys of the 17th and 18th. He birdied the fifth but dropped a shot on the eighth and finished at 2-over 73.
The seven players, including Nithihorn Thipong, who recently made his career debut at the DGC Open in India through MasterCard, were 2-under 69 each and Gangji was with them until the last three shots were fired.
Co-leader Seungsu Han said they are ready for the round and are happy to be completed before the expected rain in the afternoon.
There was a vague morning in Thipong. After opening with a birdie on the 10th hole, he gave a shot from behind a few holes before catching up to birdie the last two holes before the turn. His back nine started with a drop shot, but Birdie, recovering before the end, dropped him in the opening tie for second place on a two-under-par.
Jarin Todd of USA, who finished ninth in the recent International Series England, patiently played a round to join the group in 69th place.