America’s Tony Finau is well in touching distance following the first round of the Hong Kong Open in Fanling after he carded a 1-under par 69 on Thursday. Finau matched fellow star attraction Shane Lowry, who wrapped up his round earlier in the day after a 7.20am tee-time, with his score which was good enough for a clubhouse share off 21st place with several groups still out on the composite course as play drew to a close. There was little combustible about Finau’s opening showing. A steady card featured just one bogey and two birdies, but the PGA Tour star, a part of captain Tiger Woods’ triumphant Presidents Cup team last month, was happy to be firmly in the running after day one on his 2020 return to action. “I’m happy to shoot under par,” Finau said. “It’s really important [to start the year well]. I haven’t had that winning feeling individually for a few years now, and any time you play in a professional tour, you like to win.” . @shanelowrygolf having fun with the fans at #TheHKOpen after shooting one under par on Day 1. #CelebratingChampions | #Since1959 | @asiantourgolf pic.twitter.com/mWtViRtTHk — Hong Kong Open (@TheHKOpen) January 9, 2020 A benign day at the historic course saw solid if unspectacular rounds become a feature of the day for most of the top names in the field. Former winner and playing partner Scott Hend, who was on a mission to raise money for animals affected by the Australian bush fires , began at a furious clip, bogeying the first before notching birdies on two and three. Further birdies followed at 10, 13 and 17, and the 2014 winner would have been pleased with his position going into the home stretch, before a double bogey on the 18th meant he was forced to settle for an even-par 70. The clubhouse leader is Australian Wade Ormsby. The former Hong Kong champion finished on five-under par after a round that featured six birdies and just one bogey.