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.