The Victorian, who two months ago finished runner-up to Daniel Nisbet in a week of torrid scoring at the New Zealand Open, opened with a round of 2 under 69 in the Asian / Korean Tour event to be two behind Sandhu Ajeetesh and shares 5th position.
“It was very blustery and it was difficult and you have just got to manage it,” said Pilkadaris referring to the stormy conditions.
“There were a lot of opportunities and I took them which was good. You got to be patient on this course and take it as it comes. I was a bit disappointed I three-putted on 17 as I misread my putt but the rest of the round was good.”
Pilkadaris has played twice since the NZ open missing the cut in India the week following the NZ Open and then midfield two weeks ago in the jointly sanctioned event in Japan.
Pilkadaris’ fellow countryman Travis Smyth, who was a relatively late inclusion in the field, was in one of the last groups out on day one and was unable to finish before darkness but at 1 over through 16 holes he has made a solid start.
Nisbet, who won the NZ Open to gain Asian Tour status, is in a share of 48th position after his round of 2 over 73, Scott Hend had 74, Jake Higginbottom 75 and Junseok Lee 81.
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