Chawrasia makes good start in HK

Gladys Abbott
November 24, 2017

"I'm not going to stand here and look at one shot, and second-guess it, because there were so many good shots that put me in that situation", Rose said on Tuesday, ahead of this week's Hong Kong Open.

Playing in sunny, but breezy conditions at the Hong Kong Golf Club, the greens had the players struggling to gauge the approach.

Fitzpatrick fared even better on a windy morning, hitting six birdies to finish with a 66 on the par-70 course, one behind lunchtime clubhouse leader SSP Chawrasia of India.

"It was an interesting round because I made five birdies, all of them from two feet", Rose said. "It's not easy with how strong the wind is and how easy it switches direction". "Very tough conditions today". The majority of the competitors failed to make par.

Fleetwood sealed victory in the 2017 Race to Dubai on Sunday, pipping Justin Rose to the European Tour crown.

JUST four days after winning the Race to Dubai, Tommy Fleetwood returns to the place where his successful bid to become European No 1 began at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

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Just four days after he lifted the Race to Dubai title at the end of a gruelling tour season, Fleetwood showed no signs of burnout as he hit an iron shot from 106 yards to within inches of the hole.

Fleetwood, whose round included four birdies and bogeys at the sixth and ninth, said: "It was a tough day, it was Baltic (cold) this morning and once you get off the fairway it's so hard".

"New season, let's go again", Fleetwood said.

"I played really nice, I felt comfortable out there and hit a lot of nice putts".

"We had a bit of a crowd with us which was great".

"I played with Tommy in my first start as a pro so we have known each other for quite some time and it's always good to play with him".

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