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
One stroke behind were Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin,
England’s James Morrison, Welshman Bradley Dredge and Denmark’s
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
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.