Yuan grabs early lead in Chengdu

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 September, 2008, 12:00am

Big-hitting Yuan Hao shot a six-under-par 66 to lead amateur Zhang Xinjun by one stroke after the first round of the Luxehills Golf Championship, the Omega China Tour's first event in Chengdu. Teenage star Benny Ye Jianfeng - who had eight birdies - and Taiwan's Tsai Chi-huang both shot 68 at the Luxehills International Country Club. Chen Dinggen, Zhou Xunshu, Liu Xin and Wu Hongfu all shot 69 to tie for fifth. Chengdu hope Huang Mingjie and Liao Guiming, second in the Omega Order of Merit, both posted 72 to tie for 20th.