Openning round converged leaderboard indicates a hard fight on the way
2017-08-11A crowded leaderboard of the first day of the Yulong Bay indicates a fierce competition is on the horizon for this week’s China tour. For the first time ever, two Chinese players, She Zihan and Wang Xu, co-lead the field with identical 7 under 64 score ,along with the Briton Alex Belt.
4 players tied in 4th position with only a margin of 1 stroke. Indonesian Rory HIE、Korean American T.K. KIM、Briton Mathew PERRY and Monday qualifier Champion Austin Bautita all returned to the clubhouse with only 1 shot back. Five players including previous defending champion Josh GEARY, Gunn CHAROENKUL , amateur Wang Yan-zhang, a retired soldier Liu Chun and American Kevin Lee all fired 66.
Never before did China tour see 12 players converged on the top with the gap of only 2 strokes in the first day.
“Today was my day and I felt good”first grouper Wang Xu started with a hot hand and made 5 birdies in first 6 holes and finally posted with 10 birdies,1 bogey and 1 double bogey“the only shot I wanted to take it back was in 17th hole, which was par 3, and I OBed in teeing off. And good for me, in the last hole, I made it up with a birdie.”
The key of Wang Xu’s low score was his precise driving (His percentage of hitting fairway is the perfect 100%), combined his outstanding putting.
Co-leader She Zihan is no stranger to the highlight and in good position to better his tied 6th finish last year in the very same golf course. “I like this course and fell comfortable here.”
After dropping a stroke in 2nd hole, She made a successful run and grabed 5 birdies of the rest 7 holes in the front 9. She also attributed his 9 birdies total to his magic iron performance“My iron is always leading to a 3 feet birdie chance, and I buried them. ”
The last of this troika in leaderboard, Alex Belt, was grateful for his 7 birdies,1 eagle masterful show, in special of the par 5 16th hole. With 2 well struck hits, he put the ball by the edge of the hole.
“Though my driving and approaching were satisfying, my focus needed to be better while putting, too bad I dropped 2 strokes in last 2 holes. ”Alex said.