Alexander Levy leads in Shanghai at the BMW Open making an ideal start to his bid for a third European Tour title of the season.
Frenchman Alexander Levy shot a bogey free opening round of -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW Open on the Lake Malaren Golf Club course.
Alex was happy with his round, joking that he thinks China likes him. He is also buoyant about the good level of French golf;
“I think this country likes me, for me, this golf course is pretty much the same as the one where I won in Shenzhen.”
“I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf. I enjoy being in China and I’m going to try my best the next few days to do the same things I did in April.”
“No French player has won a Major or something like that, but I think we have a good mix between the older generation and young generation.Victor played the Ryder Cup this year and I think it showed all the French players it’s possible to play a big event like that and be in position to be in the Ryder Cup in France in 2018.”
“For my part I’m thinking only about that, to be in France in 2018 at Le Golf National, it’s an amazing place. I think we will have, I hope, two or three players on the Ryder Cup in 2018.
“We have a good generation. Every year some French players win and new players come on The European Tour.”
Another Frenchman Romain Wattel is sharing second place with Nicolas Colsaerts and Emiliano Grillo, all just one shot behind on -6 under par.
Graeme McDowell is another shot further back on -5 under par, holding fifth spot on his own after his first round 67. G-Mac arrived late in Shanghai and is shaking off the jet-lag. He reported that good putting was the key to his round;
“I got here Tuesday morning and haven’t really been feeling my best the last couple of days.”
“It’s the first sort of long trip of the year for me and the body took a little bit of time to catch up. Thankfully I felt much, much better this morning and the energy level has felt good.”
“The golf course is fairly soft due to the rain. It’s playing very long (7,600 yards), but the greens are very receptive and you can attack a few pins.”
“I’ve had a lot of yardage in my hand most of the day out there. We counted up, I think I had seven iron shots from outside of 200 yards on this golf course. Certainly for a guy like me who doesn’t hit it maybe as far as some of the other guys, I have to be precise with my iron play and putt well, and I putted well today. That was one of the keys.”