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Justin Hicks turned in a 4-under-par 36-30=66 for his opening round of the RBC Canadian Open, good for a piece of the clubhouse lead.

He stumbled out of the gates at Royal Montreal today with a bogey-5 at Nos. 1 and 2. After rolling in a birdie from 11'1" at the third, he squared what would be his last bogey of the day at the par-4 fourth. Then, beginning with a birdie-3 at the eighth hole, Hicks alternated birdies with pars all the way in. The set featured a seven-yarder from just off the front of the green at the par-4 10th and a conventional conversion from 14'9" at the par-4 18th. At the time he signed his card, his seven birdies led the field. Since a T17 at THE PLAYERS, he's just 3-for-7 with no top 25s, but his strong tee-to-green game figured to rise in value on a course few know this week, particularly the greens.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:02:00 PM

S.S.P. Chawrasia crafted a 1-under-par 34-35=69 to take a one shot lead over Rafa Cabrera Bello and Wade Ormsby into the final round of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling on 10-under 200.

The Indian golfer is seeking a fifth European Tour victory but a first triumph outside his home nation. With many highly-fancied big names biting at his feet on Saturday he remained calm in staying clear of both the trees and those challengers. He made the first move of the day at the par-5 third when he drained a 10'0" birdie putt to complete a hat-trick of par breakers for the week at the front nine's only long hole. He made bogey at No. 9 but then notched a hat-trick of red numbers on the back nine's only par-5 (13) too, from a greenside bunker. He ranks second for Greens in Regulation through 54 holes (83.3%), a stat which leaps from the page because he's traditionally strong on and around the greens. He's also got a history of being good when heading the field after three rounds. He's 2-for-3 on the European Tour, although all of those were, of course, on home soil.
Nov 25 - 4:23 AM

Gregory Bourdy, the 2009 winner, had only missed the cut once in nine previous appearances at the Hong Kong Open but he won't be playing the weekend this time after a second-round 1-over-par 36-35=71 on Friday and 36-hole total of 6-over 146 left him four shots outside the cut line of 2-over 142.

The main damage was done in a first-round 75 and the Frenchman couldn't repair it today after firing three birdies against four bogeys. A good chance to put some early Race to Dubai points on the board has passed him by. A total of 69 players made it through but others to miss the cut at Fanling include: 143- Chase Koepka, Alejandro Canizares ... 144- Soomin Lee, David Howell, Prom Meesawat ... 145- Jeunghun Wang, David Lipsky, Marcus Fraser ... 146- Aaron Rai ... 147- David Drysdale ... 148- Oliver Fisher, Austin Connelly ... 151- Jorge Campillo.
Nov 24 - 7:43 AM

New European No. 1 Tommy Fleetwood authored a second 2-under-par 34-34=68 to reach 4-under 136 after two rounds of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling, good enough for T7 on the leaderboard and five back from SSP Chawrasia.

It hasn't exactly been fireworks from Fleetwood so far but he's the best placed of the big names at the midpoint. Justin Rose is at -3, with Matt Fitzpatrick -1 and Sergio Garcia (Evs). The Englishman, who was tied third on his debut in this event last year, had a quiet opening nine with a birdie-2 at the 5th hole wiped out by a square at 6. It was the second day running Fleetwood had bogeyed the 436-yard par 4. From there, he plodded along with six pars and then crept into the top 10 with birdies at 13 and 15. So far, he's hit more greens in regulation than anyone else (88.9%) but he's 99th in putts per round so will have to sharpen up considerably on the greens to make a title bid this weekend.
Nov 24 - 5:40 AM

Julia Suri has become a familiar name on European Tour leaderboards in 2017 and he's up there again at this week's UBS Hong Kong Open after crafting a bogey-free 3-under-par 32-35=67 in Friday's second round to edge up to T3.

The American has made every birdie count so far; he's yet to record a bogey and at 5-under 135 is four behind leader SSP Chawrasia. He came to Hong Kong for the first time after ending the previous campaign with three T8 finishes in his final four starts, the most recent at last week's DP World Tour Championship. Today, he made an early move with gains at 3 and 4 and then it was pars the rest of the way apart from a final red number at 16. One little extra to note is that World No.80 Suri is the only top 100 player in the top six going into the weekend so this could be a great chance for him to start the new 2018 campaign with a bang and add to the Czech Masters title he took back in August.
Nov 24 - 5:16 AM

First-round leader SSP Chawrasia stayed out in front at the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling after tacking on a second-round 4-under-par 31-35=66 to his opening 65 to reach 9-under 131 at the midpoint.

That puts the Indian two shots clear of Thomas Aiken and four strokes in front of Alexander Bjork, Joakim Lagergren, Julian Suri and Poom Saksansin in T3. The chasing pack should be warned. Chawrasia was in the top two at halfway when winning the last two editions of the European Tour's Indian Open so is expert at turning excellent positions into victories. He increased his lead to two today after firing five birdies against a single bogey. For most of the day it was plain sailing as he picked off red numbers at 3, 7 and 8 on the front nine and added two more at 10 and 13 on the back. It was a little trickier coming home as Chawrasia dropped a shot at 14 and closed with four pars but he's the one they all have to catch over the weekend. So far, he leads the field in Strokes Gained Putting at +4.29.
Nov 24 - 4:10 AM

Ultra-consistent Matt Fitzpatrick hasn't finished outside the top 15 since winning September's European Masters and he's on target for another big week after starting the new 2018 Race to Dubai season with a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in round one of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling.

That's just one swing behind leader SSP Chawrasia. The Englishman took his string of top 15s to eight with T12 in last week's DP World Tour Championship and gamers/bettors were all over him here due to that superb run of form allied with the third place he took in his only start at Fanling in 2015. Fitzpatrick met those lofty expectations today to finish the day in tied second. The Englishman made his first move with birdie-4 at 13 and picked up another shot at 16. Twice he made bogey but he responded to the first (at No. 1) with three straight red numbers at 2, 3 and 4 before bouncing back from another square at 6 with a circle at 7. This matches his lowest round at Fanling.
Nov 23 - 4:32 AM

SSP Chawrasia set the clubhouse target on the opening day of the new 2018 Race to Dubai season, firing a 5-under-par 32-33=65 to lead the UBS Hong Kong Open by a shot from Matt Fitzpatrick and Shubhankar Sharma.

The Indian is a three-time winner on the European Tour but all those victories have come on home soil. In fact, his only top five outside India was in this event when he posted T5 in 2014. Today, he showed his ability to go low at Fanling once more with a morning lap featuring six birdies against a lone bogey. Chawrasia started his day at the 11th hole due to the configuration of the course and followed an opening red number with further circles at 13, 16 and 18. He converted a four-foot birdie putt at 3 to hit 5-under before swallowing bogey on the par-3 5th. No matter, the 39-year-old rolled in a 15-foot birdie at 9 to secure the outright lead. Chawrasia registered 3.1 Strokes Gained Putting, better than anyone else in the field.
Nov 23 - 4:23 AM

Tommy Fleetwood won't have time to revel in his Race to Dubai victory; he's one of the elite names contesting this week's UBS Hong Kong Open in Fanling.

The young Englishman secured his position as new European No. 1 in last week's DP World Tour Championship after Justin Rose couldn't reel him in after faltering late. Fleetwood had to settle for T21 despite a pair of middle 65s and, although there's a slight feeling he stumbled over the line, the bare facts are that the 26-year-old finished his campaign with six straight top 25s. The weight of pressure probably compromised several of those finishes so this week could be a nice, free hit for him even though fatigue will be a factor too. Fleetwood played this event for the first time last year and posted T3 while he was also runner-up at April's Shenzhen International. Overall he has four top threes in China so the ingredients are there for him to have another winning week if his focus is right.
Nov 22 - 7:09 AM

Sam Brazel was the shock winner of last year’s UBS Hong Kong Open and he’s back at Fanling to try and win the title again this week.

The Aussie was ranked 480th in the world ahead of the 2016 event and, at 37, considered a little-known journeyman. However, he dwarfed his previous career earnings to shoot 13-under and edge out Rafa Cabera Bello at the final hole with a winning birdie. Although appearing to come from nowhere, there was a hint that Brazel could play well given that he’d finished T18 the previous year. Fanling is clearly a course he relishes. Since then, he hasn’t managed a single top 10 and he made little impression in the closing big-money events of 2017 with T66 in the Italian Open, T52 at the Turkish Airlines Open and T42 at the Nedbank Golf Challenge. Current form gives him little chance; course form suggests he could just pull another rabbit out of the hat.
Nov 22 - 4:23 AM

Sergio Garcia is looking for the perfect end to 2017 at the UBS Hong Kong Open hosted by Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling.

This is the first time Garcia has played the tournament and he likes what he sees. "I had a chance to see the golf course this morning and it’s just spectacular," he said. "It’s a really fun test where you have to position your ball accurately as there are some tricky pin positions around the greens." He will also have noted the success of his compatriots here. Jose Maria Olazabal, Jose Manuel Lara (a friend of his who caddied for him earlier this year) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (four times) have won in Fanling. He has ranked fourth and third for Ball Striking in his last two starts and ended last week with a stunning 65. "I started the year with a win (Dubai)," he said. "Maybe I can end that way too."
Nov 21 - 12:18 PM

Justin Rose will be looking to claim a second UBS Hong Kong Open title at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling this week.

The course is not long, but it is testing and Rose likes it. He's said as much and he's also proved it when winning in 2015. That said, either side he finished MC and T36 so it's not all been good, the difference between those efforts was not his long game (he always hit plenty of greens), but his work around the greens (91% Scrambling for the win, less than 40% the other two appearances). The biggest question this week, however, is less 'Does the course fit?' than 'How will Rose react to his back nine last Sunday?' Remember, as he made the turn he was leading the DP World Tour Championship and with it the Race to Dubai. By the end of the round he had lost both. He said afterwards that he was distracted on 14 prior to hitting into water and regretted not standing back. That was the moment he wished he could replay. If the wound is healed quickly his form is strong: win-win-T4 is not bad at all.
Nov 21 - 8:29 AM




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