Credit: Asian Tour
Three-way tie for opening lead
American David Lipsky together with Spain’s Jorge Campillo and Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen took charge of the first round by carding matching seven-under-par 65s to set the early pace at the Volvo China Open on Thursday.
Coming off a fifth place finish in Morocco last week, Lipsky, the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner, continued his good form at the Genzon Golf Club by marking his card with eight birdies and one bogey for a slender one-advantage over compatriot John Catlin as well as China’s Wu Ashun and Jin Daxing.
Catlin, who was one of the breakout stars on the Asian Tour in 2018, enjoyed a bogey-free round 66 to start promisingly at the Volvo China Open, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Jin and Wu delighted the home crowd when they emerged as the highest placed Chinese after day one when they both traded seven birdies against one bogey to stay in the title hunt.
Blessed with a clean bill of health now, Philippines’ Miguel Tabuena fought his way back from a back injury by signing for a 65 to be bunched in tied-sixth place which was also included Malaysia’s Gavin Green and China’s Li Haotong.
Sweden’s Alexander Bjork of Sweden opened his title defence of the Volvo China Open by posting a 70 to trail the leaders by five shots in a share of 46th place.
Leading Scores after round 1 of the Volvo China Open being played at the par 72, 7145 Yards Genzon GC course (am - denotes amateur):
65 - David LIPSKY (USA), Tapio PULKKANEN (FIN), Jorge CAMPILLO (ESP).
66 - John CATLIN (USA), WU Ashun (CHN), Daxing JIN (CHN).
67 - Miguel TABUENA (PHI), Romain LANGASQUE (FRA), Gavin GREEN (MAS), Jordan SMITH (ENG), Ross FISHER (ENG), Benjamin HEBERT (FRA), Haotong LI (CHN), Mike LORENZO-VERA (FRA).
68 - WU Hongfu (CHN), Sam BRAZEL (AUS), Victor DUBUISSON (FRA), Tirawat KAEWSIRIBANDIT (THA), Mikko KORHONEN (FIN), Erik VAN ROOYEN (RSA), Scott HEND (AUS), Sean CROCKER (USA), Fabrizio ZANOTTI (PAR), Nacho ELVIRA (ESP), Yuta IKEDA (JPN), Oliver WILSON (ENG), Jack SINGH BRAR (ENG), Matthieu PAVON (FRA), Nicolas COLSAERTS (BEL), Scott JAMIESON (SCO), YUAN Yechun (CHN), Stuart MANLEY (WAL).