Rahil Gangjee, Jeev Milkha Singh and Himmat Rai, all carded even par 70 and were tied for 34th place.Apart from the early starters, most of the others including Indians played in rain and their scoring was hampered.
The Indian trio was six shots behind the leader, local Satoshi Kodaira, who credited his improved putting for a superb six-under-par 64 which saw him lead the opening round.
The other Indians were further down the leaderboard. While Arjun Atwal (72) at Tied-69th needed a good second round to stay on for the weekend, Chiragh Kumar (74) at 110th, Jyoti Randhawa (75) at 122nd and Gaganjeet Bhullar (77) at Tied-128th were facing early exits unless they produced excellent second rounds. Kodaira, 27, has won thrice on the local circuit. He marked his card with seven birdies against a lone bogey to lead by one shot over compatriot Shugo Imahira.
Filipino ace Juvic Pagunsan, Thai duo Phachara Khongwatmai and Thitiphun Chuayprakong emerged as the highest placed Asian Tour members in tied-third place following matching 66s at the ¥150 million (approximately US$1.3 million) event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Japan Golf Tour.
Phachara, only 17 years old, put up a stellar performance under tough rainy conditions to keep up with the hot pace set by Kodaira.
Apart from the early starters, most of the others including Indians played in rain and their scoring was hampered.