Han leads by one in China Open

South Korea’s Han Chang-won racked up six birdies on the front

nine to take the first-round clubhouse lead by a stroke in the

China Open on Thursday.

Han shot an 8-under 64 at Luxehills International Country Club

in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern

China.

One stroke behind were Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin,

England’s James Morrison, Welshman Bradley Dredge and Denmark’s

Soren Kjeldsen.

Heavy mist in the morning led to an hour’s delay in play, and 24

players will have to complete the round early Saturday, including

South Africa’s Keith Horne at 7 under with four holes to go.

New Zealand’s Steven Alker, South Korea’s Choi Jin-ho and

Spain’s Sergio Garcia followed with bogey-free 66s.

Also at 6 under were Jeev Milka Singh of India, Joost Luiten of

the Netherlands, Richie Ramsay of Scotland, Fredrik Andersson Hed

of Sweden, Gregory Havret of France, and Danny Lee of New

Zealand.

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington opened and closed

with birdies but two bogeys left him with 71.

Defending champion Y.E. Yang had five birdies against one bogey

to finish at 68.

China’s highest-ranked golfer, Liang Wenchong, also carded 68

with six birdies and two bogeys.