Wednesday, April 16, 2014   

(HK Open golf) Bogeys bug Guan, Daley cards 8-over
(12-05 15:14)

Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang blew a great start to the Hong Kong Open today, collapsing to a one-over-par 71 after five early birdies.
The 15-year-old amateur performed flawlessly in his opening 13 holes but was undone by three consecutive bogeys before a costly triple bogey on the ninth – the penultimate hole of his first round.
Guan said he was disappointed with his finish but still confident for the rest of the tournament.
“I was playing really well the first 12 holes. I made a lot of birdies and gave myself a lot of opportunities.
“After that I was really not feeling comfortable with my swing and I drove a couple in the rough,'' the Guangzhou schoolboy added.
Guan opened his bid for glory at the par-70 Hong Kong Golf Club in Fan Ling on the 11th hole and quickly made a charge up the leaderboard.
He birdied the par-three 12th and followed it up immediately with a birdie four on 13.
He then made further birdies on the 17th and 18th – the latter being one of the toughest holes on the course.
Guan scored a second two of the day on hole number two and consolidated his spot at the top of the leaderboard on five under with three pars before his round took a turn for the worse.
Bogeys at the sixth, seventh and eighth saw him drop off the pace while a triple bogey seven at the par-four ninth put him at one over.
Guan played in a group with American John Daly, who struggled to an eight-over-par 78, and Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen, who signed for a 69.
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, 34 years older than Guan, is the favorite to win the event, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and Asian Tour, which is missing its usual star names as it clashes with two other tournaments.
   
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