HONG KONG—With perfect weather for low scores: sunshine, cooling temperatures and little wind the first day at the Hong Kong Open on Thursday Dec 8 it was difficult for anyone to push ahead of the pack.
But as anyone knows that attends the event Fanling is not a pushover course so there were no run-away leader after day 1. A batch of 10 players finished day 1 at -4, Sebastian Gros edged the pack with a 5 under par finish, but it was Rafa Cabrera Bello that was leader in the clubhouse after carding an eagle at the 10th hole, his last of the day. With consistent play all day carding 4 birdies an eagle to finish day 1 at -6.
Rafa does not tee off until 12 noon on Day two, but already the early starters are clocking up some good performances. Danny Willet finished Day 1 at -2 but progressed to come on terms with Cabrera at -6 after 12 holes but then dropped a shot at the par 3, 5th hole (his 13th).
Nino Bertasio also go to -6 but is having an up and down with 5 birdies and 3 bogies through hole 14.
Thongchai Jaidee finishing day 1 at -3, has picked up 2 shots toda.yt to be on -5 through hole 14. Scott Hend in the same threesome as Jaidee is at -3, while Justin Rose has improved to -1.
Sebastian Gros has dropped to -2 with just one hole left of today’s round. Ian Poulter, Shiv Kapur
A batch of players that finished Day one at -4 are about to start their 2nd rounds, so the afternoon looks like being really exciting.