It is Ireland’s David Higgins who leads in the Hong Kong Open in Fanling, China.
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David,who lost his European Tour card by less than €20,000 last year, took a one shot lead after a -6 under par first round of 64 at the Hong Kong Open.
David enjoyed the moment, but also spoke of his disappointment at losing his Tour card;
“It was great, I just played solid tee to green holed some lovely putts and had a chip in. If you’re going to have a score like that you have to do some good stuff. You’ve got to use your imagination, let it run out a little bit, maybe use a slope here and there, so it’s good for me. It’s a great test of golf. I played quite well on Tour at the end of last season, so I’ve come here in decent form and I’ve been working hard. The end of the year was disappointing for me because I didn’t keep my full playing rights, but I still have some. I’m going to have chances and every time I have a chance I need to make the most of it, this is a good start. You get on a course and hole some putts and you’re going to have a good score and I did that, so it’s time to push on and have a decent week here.”
Andrea Pavan, from Italy’s Challenge Tour, is a shot further back after a -5 under par 65, and amazingly there are seven players at -4 under par sharing third place on a congested leaderboard.
Andrea was happy with his position, but not so happy spoiling his round with a bogey;
” I started off well and hit it close many times on my front nine. I was four under and playing pretty flawless golf, but I made a few mistakes towards the end. Overall though it’s a good round and I’m pleased. Last year was a good year, so that brings you confidence. You want to always improve, and I know that I’m moving in the right direction.”