Sunday, April 20, 2014   

(HK Open golf) Jimenez disappointed, Higgins takes lead
(12-05 18:55)

David Higgins of Ireland shot a 6-under-par 64 to lead the Hong Kong Open by one after the first round in Fan Lin today.
Higgins, who lost his European Tour card at the end of last season, carded nine birdies and three bogeys. Andrea Pavan of Italy bogeyed his final hole to finish one behind Higgins, AP reports.
“It is a great start,'' Higgins said. “This is a good course which rewards the guy who hits the fairways and I'm pleased with the way I'm playing.''
Seven others from five nations, including Seve Benson of England, Andrew Dodt of Australia and Sujjan Singh of India, were at 4 under.
Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez three-putted for a bogey at the last hole to finish on even-par 70, six adrift of Higgins.
“I'm hitting good, but I need some more putts. This is OK finishing on even par,'' said Jimenez, who was chasing his fourth Hong Kong Open title after victories in 2004, 2007 and 2012.
China's teenage sensation, Guan Tianlang, raised eyebrows when he scorched to the lead at 5 under after 11 holes.
Guan, 15 rolled in five birdies as he set the fairways alight. But the Guangzhou amateur pressed the self-destruct button on the last four holes, collecting bogey-bogey-bogey-triple bogey to finish 1-over 71.
“It is a little disappointing,'' Guan said. “I began well and gave myself a lot of opportunities. But towards the end I struggled with my swing and drove a couple into the rough.''
Guan, playing in the company of John Daly, came close to upstaging his illustrious countrymen, China No 1 Liang Wenchong (71) and former champion Zhang Lianwei (70).
Daly had a day to forget, struggling to an 8-over 78.
“I could drink a six-pack of beer when I was 15, but I certainly couldn't play like that,'' Daly said of Guan.
Other Sports breaking news:
(NBA) Thunders secure second seed behind Durant's 42 points (04-17 15:29)
(NBA) Conley clutch freethrows give Memphis No.7 seed (04-17 15:27)
(NBA) Hawks lock No.8 seed (04-17 15:24)
(NBA) Philadelphia routs Heat again (04-17 15:20)
(NBA) Pacers recover from late-season skid (04-17 15:19)
(NBA) Charlotte beat Chicago in extra period (04-17 15:18)
(NBA) Knicks end season with win (04-17 15:10)
(NBA) Nets lose as started rested (04-17 15:08)
(NBA) Washington clinch No. 5 seed (04-17 15:06)
(Football) Sunderland stun Man City (04-17 12:35)

More breaking news >>

© 2014 The Standard, The Standard Newspapers Publishing Ltd.
Contact Us | About Us | Newsfeeds | Subscriptions | Print Ad. | Online Ad. | Street Pts


Home | Top News | Local | Business | China | ViewPoint | CityTalk | World | Sports | People | Central Station | Spree | Features

The Standard

Trademark and Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014, The Standard Newspaper Publishing Ltd., and its related entities. All rights reserved.  Use in whole or part of this site's content is prohibited.   Use of this Web site assumes acceptance of the
Terms of Use, Privacy Policy Statement and Copyright Policy.  Please also read our Ethics Statement.