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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

Micah Lauren Shin maintained his place inside the top 10 at the UBS Hong Kong Open after a 1-under-par 37-32=69 in round two took him to 4-under 136 at halfway, five behind leader SSP Chawrasia.

The American had opened with a bogey-free 67 in round one and again made three birdies today (13, 5 and 8). However, this time he dropped shots at 18 and 10, his penultimate hole, to drop five behind Chawrasia having sat just two back after the opening lap at Fanling. A winner on the Asian Tour last week, Shin said later: "The win in Manila was a confidence booster. But I still have to play well here as it's a different tournament. I still need to work hard and try my best to try to finish well. I've been putting really well. I'm kind of disappointed with how I'm driving the ball right now but hopefully over the weekend, I can hit more fairways so that I can get more birdie chances."
Nov 24 - 5:46 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

Joakim Lagergren twirled a 4-under-par 31-35=66 in his second round at the UBS Hong Kong Open, his strong Friday lap of Fanling advancing him 16 spots to T3 and four back from pacesetter SSP Chawrasia.

This is the Swede's third attempt to find success at this event following missed cuts in 2013 and 2015 and, so far, it looks as if he's cracked the code after reaching 5-under 135 at halfway thanks to two rounds in the 60s. He's been far from perfect and, following three bogeys in his opening 69, he swallowed two more today (9 and 15). But he's kept the birdie count high through 36 holes and took his tally of red numbers to 10 with six in round two. They came in an early burst at 1, 3 and 4 before he picked up further shots at 7, 12 and 13. Lagergren finished 84th on last season's Race to Dubai and showed some good form near the end of that campaign with T9 and T12 in two of his final five starts.
Nov 24 - 5:06 AM

Pook Saksansin signed for a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in round two of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling, reaching 5-under 135 at the midpoint and nudging one place up the leaderboard to T3.

That's four swings behind leader SSP Chawrasia of India. Saksansin struggled early today, making four pars and a bogey in his first five holes but rallied with red circles at 16, 2 and 3. He continued his climb by taking just three swishes at No. 7 for the second day running before he gave one back at the 9th. The 24-year-old from Thailand has shown plenty of recent potential with T16 at the Omega European Masters and T24 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in his last two European Tour starts and this is now a big chance to post his first top 10 at this level and, who knows, maybe much more. He's ranked 206th in the world, 25 spots higher than leader Chawrasia, so don't be surprised by his efforts so far.
Nov 24 - 4:39 AM

Alexander Bjork didn't win despite an excellent rookie season in 2017 but he has the chance to put that right in the opening event of the 2018 European Tour campaign after moving up to T3 spot at the UBS Hong Kong Open with a second-round 4-under-par 33-33=66.

That moved the Swede 16 places up the leaderboard and, at 5-under 135, he's four behind pacesetter SSP Chawrasia at the midpoint. Bjork, who took T17 at the DP World Tour Championship last week, was T45 on his Hong Kong debut 12 months ago and showed some promise with bookend 69s. But today at Fanling, he really got stuck in with five birdies against a lone bogey. After pars at 11, 12 and 13, he made his first move with circles at 15 and 17 before splashing further red at 2 and 7. He did drop a shot at 9 for the second day running but Bjork atoned with a walk-off birdie at 10 to secure his place in the top three with 36 to play.
Nov 24 - 4:32 AM

With the low round of the day, a bogey-free 6-under-par 31-33=64, Thomas Aiken surged up to second spot at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Friday, his 36-hole total of 7-under 133 putting him two behind leader SSP Chawrasia.

Aiken's excellent second loop of Fanling catapulted him 17 spots up the leaderboard and he has a two-shot gap to a four-man group in T3. The South African set the tone with an opening circle and also ticked 4 and 8 to turn in 31. After a steady start to his second nine, the World No. 276 picked up further shots at 13, 16 and 17 to put himself in great position for a weekend challenge. It wasn't easy to see this coming. Aiken has four MCs and a T46 in his last five starts (all on the European Tour) and crashed out early in his only previous appearance at Fanling in 2010.
Nov 24 - 4:21 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

Marcus Kinhult secured a top five finish on last season's Race to Oman after finishing with a second place at the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final and he's displaying that good form in the European Tour's opening event, shooting a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to slot in at T4 after round one of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

The Swedish youngster started his day with a birdie at 11 and ended with another at 10 on his first ever start at Fanling. Gains at 13, 14, 17 and 1 against a bogey at 12 put Kinhult in position to challenge leader SSP Chawrasia (-5) but his hopes of taking top spot were hurt by back-to-back bogeys at 8 and 9. However, the World No. 273 wasn't deterred and ended with a birdie-3 at the 336-yard 10th to climb back into the top five. He'll have a morning tee-time in round two.
Nov 23 - 6:23 AM

Poom Saksansin made an immediate impression on his debut at the UBS Hong Kong Open, hoisting up a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to end round one in the top five.

The 24-year-old from Thailand scribbled four birdies against a lone bogey in his afternoon lap of Fanling and sits just two off leader SSP Chawrasia. Don't be surprised to see his name up there given where this tournament is taking place. Saksansin won on the Asian PGA Tour in August, was runner-up in Japan at the end of September and even made a mark in elite fields when opening with a 65 at the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Malaysia and then taking T24 in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China. Clearly carrying some confidence, he fired birdies today at 3, 7, 11 and 13 to threaten the lead but dropped back to T4 after a bogey at 16 and two closing pars.
Nov 23 - 6:03 AM

Jamie Donaldson hasn't played the UBS Hong Kong Open since T7 in 2010 but he quickly found his touch there again today with an opening 3-under-par 31-36=67 putting him in a tie for fourth place after round one.

The Welshman threatened SSP Chawrasia's lead of 5-under at one point after cruising to 4-under through his opening 13 holes but late bogeys at 15 and 16 denied him top spot. Former Ryder Cup hero Donaldson looked in huge danger of losing his European Tour card last season but saved himself with a superb top four finish at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters. After drinking in the last-chance saloon and flinging open the swinging doors, Donaldson was quick on the draw here with birdies at 2, 5 and 6. Despite his late wobble, another gain at 17 left a positive taste and, although it's early days, he's very much on target to match or better that T7 from seven years ago. Overall, he's 6-for-6 in this event.
Nov 23 - 5:40 AM

American golfer Micah Lauren Shin was the shock name on the leaderboard after day one of the UBS Hong Kong Open at Fanling although Asian Tour followers won't have been surprised to see him in contention after an opening bogey-free 32-35=67.

That fast start put Shin in a tie for third spot, just two strokes behind leader SSP Chawrasia. The 20-year-old made headlines on the Asian Tour last week by winning the Resorts World Manila Masters, his victory gaining extra column inches due to him suffering a two-stroke penalty after discovering 15 clubs in his bag on the first fairway. Despite that 'Ian Woosnam at the 2001 Open' error, he kept his nerve to win at the first extra hole and he's carried the good vibes to Hong Kong. The Korean-American moved to 3-under with gains at 4, 6 and 10 and then closed with eight pars to hold his position. A very straight hitter (over 80% DA in last two starts), Shin is certainly enjoying Fanling so far.
Nov 23 - 5:29 AM

With a walk-off birdie, Indian youngster Shubhankar Sharma completed a 4-under-par 33-33=66 in round one of the UBS Hong Kong Open to slot in at T2 on the leaderboard and end the opening day a single stroke behind compatriot SSP Chawrasia.

Playing in the final group of the day from 11th tee, the 21-year-old was seeing Fanling for the first time but immediately took to the short par 70. Well, at least after an opening bogey. He responded in style to that square with birdies at 12 and 13 and added another circle at 18. Shubhankar swallowed bogey-5 at 1 but then ticked 3, 7 and 10 to pull level with Matt Fitzpatrick in second place. The World No. 530 has been in consistent form recently, connecting three top 25s on the Asian PGA Tour.
Nov 23 - 5:15 AM

Course horse Angelo Que was at it again at Fanling on Thursday, signing for a 3-under-par 35-32=67 to end round one of the UBS Hong Kong Open in a tie for fourth place.

He trails leader SSP Chawrasia by just two shots. Despite being ranked 309th in the world, the Philippine veteran has become a leaderboard regular in this event. He reached but lost a play-off in 2014 and surrounded that with T5 in 2013 and T13 in 2015. The owner of five top 15s at Fanling, Que's 67 today is his second lowest opening lap. He forged it with four birdies, one bogey and 13 pars. Starting from 11th tee, he wiped out an opening red circle with a square at 12 but was mistake-free after that and crept up the leaderboard with gains at 1, 4 and 10. Que also opened with a 67 when runner-up in last month's Macau Open on the Asian PGA Tour.
Nov 23 - 5:03 AM



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