Han leads in China

European Tour

The big guns of the European Tour were nowehere in sight midway through the 1st round of the Volvo China Open.

The big guns of the European Tour were nowehere in sight midway through the first round of the Volvo China Open with unheralded Korean youngster Chang-won Han in the early clubhouse lead.

One of the earliest starters, he shot six birdies on the front nine and two on the back for an 8-under 64 at the Luxehills International Country Club in Chengdu, China, and was one shot clear of Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin, who opened with at 7-under 65.

A shot further back at 6-under are Indian No 1 Jeev Milkha Singh, Joost Luiten of the Netherlands, unheralded Kiwi Steven Alker and a second little-known Korean Jin-ho Choi.

YE Yang, the former PGA Champion and one of his country’s golfing icons, has had the best start of the big guns at this stage.

He shot an opening 4-under 68 for a share of 10th place, but Ireland’s Padraig Harrington will not have been pleased with his opening 1-under 71.

Sergia Garcia, on the other hand, may well have been happy with his start.

One of the late starters, he was 2-under after just four holes

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