Lu sets early pace with Pavan #UBSHKOpen

Thu 22 Oct 2015

Lu sets early pace with Pavan #UBSHKOpen

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Hong Kong, October 22: Chinese Taipei’s Lu Wei-chih broke down all physical and mental barriers by carding an opening six-under-par 64 to share the morning round lead with Italy’s Andrea Pavan at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
Lu, who underwent a brain tumour surgery three years ago, is slowly getting back to his competitive best at the Hong Kong Golf Club where the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour is being staged.
“For the first six months after my surgery, I pretty much gave up all my confidence and trust because I felt so weak and I didn't think I could play golf anymore. I could hardly walk through all 18 holes.
“But about a year later, I started talking to the Asian Tour and they gave me the opportunity to get back on the Tour and play some events. And finally, I started coming back mentally and physically,” said Lu.
Starting on the front-nine par-four first, the 36-year-old safely navigated his way around the 6,710 yards par-70 course with two bogeys, eight pars and eight birdies.
“I was not feeling very focused after the first three holes. After making a bogey on the third hole, I told myself I’ve got to buck up if not it’ll be a disastrous round.
“Fortunately, I made three birdies in a row starting from the fourth hole and began feeling much better. Things started to look up for me in the back-nine and it ended really well for me,” said Lu.
Meanwhile Pavan also had a round to remember especially in his homeward run where he carded four birdies in his last six holes.
“It was a great round of golf. I can't complain. This golf course is not very long, but it's tricky. I had one bogey and made a few saves. But towards the end, I hit some lovely irons and obviously converted a few chances for birdies. So that was very good,” said the Italian.
India’s S.S.P. Chawrasia also got off to a flying start the UBS Hong Kong Open when he went on a run of five consecutive birdies starting from 13 to reach the turn in 31.
The three-time Asian Tour winner dropped a shot on three but was safely home in 35.
“Honestly I’ve been hitting the ball very well. I’ve played here many times and I like this golf course. I’m keeping my fingers crossed my form stays this way and y confidence remains high,” said the Indian.
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