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Victor Dubuisson leads the Ballantine’s Championship at Blackstone G.C. Seoul in South Korea. Play was suspended due to darkness and will resume tomorrow morning. None of the players still waiting to conclude their rounds can affect the top of the leaderboard standings. Victor had a good first round of -4 under par 68 and leads by two shots from Richie Ramsay, Mark Foster, Paul Casey, Jamie Donaldson and Ji-ho Jung. All of these chasers had rounds of -2 under par for 70.
Victor was certainly very happy with his opening round, and looking for his first Europen Tour win;
“Very pleased with playing four under today. My putting was really, really good today and I think it’s the only way to achieve good scoring in these conditions. On the third hole the wind was from the left, and so on the fourth tee I thought the wind was going to be sort of left to right, but the wind was turning all the time. The wind just turned right to left and it went into the water. So I was not really upset after this double bogey because I didn’t hit a bad shot. I did my best to get back my concentration, and I made two birdies, good putts on five and six, and that was the good turn today.”
Only Victor and England’s Paul Casey played in the more blustery afternoon conditions, of those at the top pf the board. Jamie Donaldson, Mark Foster, Jung Ji-ho and Richie Ramsay all took advantage of more benign morning conditions to move into contention.
Paul Casey knows he has the ability to contend here in Korea, in his quest to return to form after his snowboarding accident;
“I know if I play the golf I’m capable of, I’ve got a very good chance to win. The way I played today, I need to keep that form going, because there’s a long way to go.”
Jamie Donaldson rued bogeying the easiest hole on the course;
“I played nicely. It is tricky. I made a lot of good up and downs but overall a pretty tough day. You’ve just got to put it in position off the tees and see where it falls. One of the easiest holes was 18, and I bogeyed. You have to play well and put it in position.”
Richie Ramsay said it was a tough day, even though he played in the quieter part of the day;
“I putted beautifully. The greens are really, really nice. It still is tricky because you get gusts of wind. When I made a mistake, I got up and down and I managed to convert a few opportunities. All in all it was a good day, but it was really getting tough out there. There’s lots of positives from it, and I drove the ball well. But ultimately, I putted nicely, which is great to see and long may it continue.”
Mark Foster also commented on the wind;
“I’ve not seen any scores, but the wind is wicked. It is just all over. It’s not the strength of the wind, it’s funneling, and you just hit it out there and hope it does what you want. Ball flight is everything, really.”
Ji-ho Jung said of his round;
“My iron shots went very well. I had one bogey and three birdies, and the one bogey came from a three putt, so overall I thought the game went very well.”
Highest ranked player in the field, World Number 12 Adam Scott was with the bunch that included Ryder Cup stars Paul McGinley and Ross Fisher, they all finished in 71 as just 17 players finished under par.