Xiamen, China, November 30: Tour rookie William Harrold of England broke the course record after signing for an eight-under-par 64 in the ongoing opening round of the KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship on Thursday.
The 29-year-old Harrold, who earned his Asian Tour card by finishing tied-19th at the Qualifying School earlier this year, was in supreme form as he marked his flawless card with eight birdies at the Kaikou Golf Club’s West course.
“I drove well, so I had good chances to hit the green. I’ve also read the greens and putted really well,” said Harrold, who hit 16 greens in regulation.
“I made a mistake at the last hole, but I made a big 45-feet putt across the slope for a birdie, which was nice,” he added.
Liu Yan-wei and Ye Jian-feng flew the flag for China in the US$350,000 event, which marks the first event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Chinese Golf Association (CGA) in nine years. The local duo carded matching 69s to stay five shots off the clubhouse lead.
“You need to avoid the bunkers out there. I drove it into a few today and ended up making bogeys. Besides that, I am really happy with my round today,” said Liu, who made six birdies and three bogeys.
Ye, who holds the record of being the youngest player at the age of 13 years and 20 days to play on the Asian Tour in 2004, enjoyed a bit of good fortune on the course today.
“I got really lucky with the birdie on the second hole. I hit it into the trees but it bounced back onto the fairway and I chipped it in from about nine feet,” said Ye.
This Asian Golf Championship is the first event following the historic strategic partnership signed between the Asian Tour and China Golf Association (CGA) in March 2017. The tournament is promoted and operated by Beijing based promoter CGD (Beijing) Sports Industry Co., Ltd (CGDs).