Play was suspended in the first round of the China Masters because of bad light. there are still 14 golfers to complete their rounds,
American rookie Eric Mina carded a brilliant -4 under-par 68 on Thursday to take a one-shot clubhouse lead in the first round of the U.S. $1 million Nanshan China Masters. The links-style Colin Montgomerie Course at Nanshan International Golf Club played havoc with the scoring and only 14 players were under par in the extremely windy conditions.
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Eric was really happy with his round in the windy conditions;
“I’m really happy. I controlled the ball very well. It was really windy out there so had had to put your ball in the right spot on every hole and not short side yourself. That was the big thing today. I didn’t want to short side myself, I was putting it really close. I made one big putt on six, it was about a 55-, 60-footer, but for the most part I hit the ball really well and controlled the wind.”
There are three players currently tied in second place, Lucas Lee from Brasil, Kiwi Gareth Paddison, and Ted Oh from Korea, all at -3 under par, with rounds of 69.
Lucas unfortunately had three bogey’s in a row on the front nine;
”It was a tough stretch of holes. I only played one practice round so I wasn’t sure really how to play them and I made a couple of mistakes. But I stayed patient and the round turned around pretty good. I’ve been playing pretty decent all summer. Nothing too crazy, but nothing too bad. I was really excited to be come back to Asia and play these next few tournaments.”
Gareth was impressed with his iron shots today;
” I played really good. Lots of really good iron shots. I drove it ok, but a lot of really good iron shots. I had numerous chances out there and it could have been a few better without a word of a lie. I managed to hole a few unexpected putts, a 45 footer on the 16th, but then hit a career shot into 17, about four meters past the hole. Holing the putts when it mattered was also a key. Even though I missed the cut at the Dunhill Championship, I felt I was playing ok and I have really been practicing, so I can’t complain going into this week. I felt really comfortable out there.”
Major winner Darren Clark shot an even par first round of 72, to be tied in 15th place, he said it was tricky out on the course;
” It was tricky out there today. The wind was pumping on a few holes. Some of the par fours played exceptionally long due to the wind and there’s not much run out there, so I’m pretty pleased with level par. There was some good scores there, they’ve obviously played well and rolled the ball well. I was surprised coming up the last to see those scores. That’s a great effort. Fair play to them.”