Dramatic opening round in China


The European Tour’s Shenzhen International got off to a flying start today.

American Peter Uihlein (pictured) birdied the last three holes of his opening round and Byeong Hun An had a hole-in-one, but it was home favourite Huang Wen-yi who hit the front. China’s Huang had eight birdies and two bogeys in his -6 66 at Genzon GC to lead An and Uihlein by one midway through the opening day. 

Former Madeira Islands Open and Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Uihlein was only level par at the turn, but birdied the tenth and 14th before a fine finish in which he holed from six feet at the 16th, almost holed out from a bunker on the 17th for eagle and rolled in a 15 footer at the last. 

Korean An aced the 8th as the Challenge Tour graduate matched Uihlein’s five under par 67. Said Uihlein: “Nice three in a row and four of the last five, so  I’m definitely pleased.”

England’s Ross Fisher and Anthony Wall will also both be happy with their solid -3 starts.

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