The Ballantine’s Championship at Blackstone Golf Club in South Korea has started with a weather delay in the first round, wonder if its the same storm clouds that interrupted Harbour Town.
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There are currently five players tied at the top of the leaderboard at the Ballantine’s, all at -5 under par, with completed rounds of 67. there are still some players who could impact the top of this board, including Lewis Oosthuizen, who actually started his round with four birdies. Lewis still has two holes to complete, along with Tommy Fleetwood, both currently at -4 under par.
Lewis said he was happy with his start;
” It’s a good start, I’m hitting it really well. I made nice putts, hit it fairly close the front nine, and probably made one or two longish birdie putts. Then teed off on ten and the wind came in, with the weather coming in, and I probably just missed two shots and put myself in really tough spots to get up and down and then made bogey. But I’m feeling good, spinning it well, I haven’t hit it that well in a while like I did on the front nine.”
At the top are, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, Kieran Pratt, Johan Edfors, Matthew Baldwin and local player Kim Gi-whan all completed their rounds after the delay of two hours and ten minutes, due to rain and poor visibility.
Unfortunately there are no Americans contesting this tournament, the political tensions with North Korea have turned the competition into a no go area for them.
Jean-Baptiste was happy to be at the top;
” It was good to put my name up right away, because I haven’t played like this for more than a year. I played pretty straight off the tee, and my putting was great; five under is a good score.”
Another happy camper was Johan Edfors;
” I was really happy I came out of the block pretty good there on the front nine and played some really, really good golf.”
The first round will be completed tomorrow, before the start of the second round, lets hope for some better weather.