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Clearwater Bay Open 2016

by SCMP

Clearwater Bay Open 2016

American Alex Kang claims first round lead at PGA Tour China Series Clearwater Bay Open with flawless 64

Chinese pair Wu Hongfu and Yuan Tian lead the chasing pack a shot off the pace, with Hong Kong’s Jason Hak Shun-yat level par after 18 holes at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 6:38pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 6:37pm

American Alex Kang carded a bogey-free six-under-par 64 to claim the first round lead at the PGA Tour China Series Clearwater Bay Open, with Chinese pair Wu Hongfu and Yuan Tian leading the chasing pack a shot off the pace.

This season’s Cadillac Championship winner Kang, who is currently fourth on the order of merit, never looked back after claiming a birdie at his first hole of the day and posted five further gains during a flawless 18 holes at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.

Wu also carded six birdies but a solitary bogey left him a shot off the pace alongside compatriot Yuan who eagled the par five fifth en route to his 66.

“I putted really well today. I rolled in a lot of 10-15 footers, I didn’t really make any long ones, but I also didn’t miss anything inside of 10 feet,” said Kang.

“I think to play well out here you have to putt well because the pin positions are a little tough and it will be hard to get it close. I did well today and hopefully I do the same for the rest of the week.”

Early pacesetters Michael Skleton, Zhang Xinjun and Kim Tae-woo were later joined at four-under by David McKenzie, Lee Jung-hwan and Lee Ho-soo.

Kim Tae-woo, Michael Shelton & Zhang Xinjun set first round pace at PGA Tour China Series Clearwater Bay Open

Hong Kong number one Jason Hak Shun-yat birdied the last hole of his opening round to salvage a level par 70 having shipped a triple bogey seven at the par four 13th following a wayward drive.

“It was a good round, but just one bad hole or a couple of bad shots, but that’s golf,” said Hak.

“You try to minimise your mistakes and I guess I didn’t do too well with that on 13, but generally I hit a lot of great shots and had a lot of great putts.

“Even though they didn’t go in they were still great putts and I am just looking forward to tomorrow and take what I can out of today.”