It was a windy and cold second round of the Volvo China Open at Binhai Lake Golf Course at Tianjin, China. Gary Boyd of England leads the way with a second round -5 under par 67, for a total -11 under par. Joining him at the top of the leaderboard is Frenchman Jean Baptiste Gonnet, who also had a -5 under par 67. Alone at -10 under par for the tournament is Branden Grace who also had a -5 under par second round.
Mathew Baldwin, the first round leader had a very disappointing +1 over round of 73 and slipped to -6 under par for the tournament. Hanging in there at -4 under par for the tournament is Colin Montgomerie, who could not even raise a smile after a good birdie at the 18th hole, maybe he was just too cold.
Squeezing in on the cut line 0f -2 under par was Ian Poulter, who made a great putt on the last to make it. Ian will have to have a very good round tomorrow if he is to contend the for the title on Sunday.
Notables missing the cut in China are;
Liang Wen-Chang, Ross Fisher, David Howell, Paul Casey and Stephen Gallacher. With them was 13 year old Guan Tian-lang, who had a tough two days on the golf course shooting rounds of 77 and 79.
13 year old Guan Tian-lang
Matthew Baldwin of England shot a 7-under par 65 Thursday to lead the China Open at Binhai Lake GC, by one stroke after the first round. Mathew said about his day;
“The conditions were a lot calmer when I played then when we played a practice round early in the week. Then, I thought shooting four 72s around this course would be very good. But they did move some of the tee’s forward and some of the pins were very generous, which helped the score.”
Joost Luiten, Gary Boyd, Scott Strange, Jean Baptiste Gonnet, Fredrik Andersson and Jbe Kruger were all to return scores of 66 for the first round to be just one shot behind the leader.
Colin Montgomerie shot a 68 for his best round this year, and it would have been lower had he not three-putted on his last hole of the day. Colin said;
“I have been working very hard on my game because you have to say that I had lost my game completely. It feels better and it seems to be coming back.”
Guan Tian-lang of China, who at 13 years, 173 days made history by becoming the youngest player at a European Tour event had a poor start to the tournament, he was +5 over Par after six holes, but recovered sufficiently to finished the last 12 holes in level par to shoot a 77. Lets hope he can relax and shoot a good score tomorrow to make the cut.
Guan Tian-lang will play his first ever event on the European Tour, competing at the Volvo China Open at Tianjin Binhai Lake Golf Club, China Open, aged just 13. He is the youngest player there has been on Tour, beating the previous record by countryman Lo Shik-kai, who was 107 days older at the 2003 Hong Kong Open. Guan got into the China Open after finishing fourth in a mid-China qualifying event. He will join the likes of England’s Ian Poulter and Paul Casey who are also in the field.
Guan won the World Junior crown in San Diego last year by a 11 shots after a nine-under-par 63 on the opening day.
The youngest player to ever make a European Tour cut is Jason Hak, who played all 72 holes at the Hong Kong Open as a 14-year-old amateur in 2009. Guan’s ambition is to make the cut this year;
‘My goal now is to be the youngest player ever to make the cut in a European Tour event, and I think if I can shoot level par or better I’ll have a good chance to do that.”
Alistair Polson, operations director of the Volvo China Open thinks Guan has a good chance to make the cut;
“Anyone who has seen Guan play would not rule him out from making the cut, he really is a talented young player. He displays a maturity well beyond his 13 years and doesn’t seem fazed by spectators or the intrusive nature of the media. Being a local player I expect he will receive a lot of media attention next week so I hope he does well and gives the fans something to cheer about.”
Guan Tian-lang (EuropeanTour