Day One Report
The 2018 Volvo China Open got off to an exciting start as a home hopeful stormed into the first round lead in the shape of Jin Daxing, with Italy’s Nino Bertasio and Englishman Matt Wallace one shot back, while Hideto Tanihara of Japan holed an ace to take home a brand new car.
Jin, a relative unknown who earned entry for this week’s event through the China Golf Association, has not yet made the cut in four attempts at China’s national Open.
But the 25 year old – whose first name Daxing translates to English as ‘Big Star’ while his surname Jin translates as ‘Gold’ – turned that form on its head at Topwin Golf and Country Club as he carded a bogey-free eight under 64 to sit atop the leaderboard.
Just behind were Bertasio, who in his third full season on the European Tour is still chasing a maiden title, and Wallace, who has already added a second career title to his cabinet this season at the Hero Indian Open. They both carded 65s to share second place on seven under, while defending champion and winner of last week’s Trophée Hassan II Alexander Levy was five shots back on three under.
Tanihara, meanwhile, had reason to celebrate despite a level par 72 as the 39 year old found the cup with his tee shot on the 16th hole – an eight iron from 197 yards – to earn a Volvo XC90.
“I played really well today. I’m really happy with my form and I have to say I would give myself 100 marks for today’s round. My strategy today was just to hit the greens in the regulation and I did that for 17 of the 18 holes, and the one I missed I managed a par, so that was great.
“On eight I was about ten yards from the pin with my second shot and I saw Scott (Jamieson) make eagle from a similar position so I had confidence that I might chip it in. I read the line from Scott’s shot and holed it.
“I’ve been relaxed coming into this week because I don’t have too much expectation but I’ll just keep playing one stroke at a time, one day at a time and see how it goes for me.”
“It was quite easy to be honest. I just hit them close all day. I had like four tap-ins for birdie, and chances all day and I made a couple and here I am. It was stress-free golf.
“I played the par threes well. I had a good putt on two, and then hit it quite close on the sixth, to three feet again, so that was pretty much the story for the rest of the day.
“I hope I can keep my irons as sharp as I did today, which makes it quite easy because the greens are quite slopey so if you’re far away from the pins it’s quite easy to two-putt. I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.”
“I made a couple of bogeys which were from a couple of swing errors but I am swinging it great overall. I have been trying to shorten my swing for a while and that’s been my main swing thought coming into this week which helped massively.
“I have never really managed to do it until last week when I found something and it’s a weird feeling. I feel like I am swinging it halfway but I am actually striking it better and not losing any distance.
“I had a great group today and it was nice to catch up with Alexander Björk and Julian Suri who I haven’t seen in a while. Alex was making a couple of birdies and I was making some too and we were bouncing off each other which was good.”
“It was good today. I feel really tired this week so I managed myself well and played well, just trying to get the best out of every shot. From my tenth hole to my 14th was tough, I didn’t play well and had two bogeys but I bounced back with two birdies from the last four holes so that’s good for the rest of the week.
“When you play during a week you don’t feel like you need that much energy but after a week like last week, you have to accept that you will be a little tired. I was a bit upset when I lost some energy but I’m in a good place now and I just need to keep myself in good shape now.
“It’s a good opportunity me this week to get back-to-back wins and defend my title but I’m not thinking about that, I’m just trying to keep my best game going. I had my A-game last week so I will try to take that into this week and you never know what can happen.”
64 D Jin (Chn) ,
65 M Wallace (Eng) , N Bertasio (Ita) ,
66 S Vincent (Zim) , A Björk (Swe) ,
67 J Scrivener (Aus) , S Jamieson (Sco) ,
68 P Pittayarat (Tha) , A Otaegui (Esp) , D Lipsky (USA) , S Lee (Kor) , J Veerman (USA) , A Pavan (Ita) , M Kinhult (Swe) , G Bhullar (Ind) , J Guerrier (Fra) , Y Lin (am) (Chn) ,
69 N Elvira (Esp) , W Ormsby (Aus) , A Levy (Fra) , A Dodt (Aus) , S Sharma (Ind) , A Quiros (Esp) , J Campillo (Esp) , J Smith (Eng) , B Snyder (USA) , J Choi (Kor) , N Fung (Mas) , Y Ikeda (Jpn) , S Horsfield (Eng) , A Atwal (Ind) , K Horne (RSA) , M Kawamura (Jpn) ,
70 H Li (Chn) , D Kataoka (Jpn) , P Khongwatmai (Tha) , S Kim (USA) , Y Liu (Chn) , T Pulkkanen (Fin) , R Fox (Nzl) , J Luiten (Ned) , A Wu (Chn) , A Da Silva (Bra) , L Bjerregaard (Den) , S Brazel (Aus) , J Morrison (Eng) , P Larrazábal (Esp) ,
71 S Norris (RSA) , P Dunne (Irl) , A Connelly (Can) , C Pigem (Esp) , H Ryu (Kor) , Y Cao (Chn) , R Lee (Can) , B Neil (Sco) , X Li (Chn) , A Bland (Aus) , M Kieffer (Ger) , T Detry (Bel) , R Gouveia (Por) , W Wu (Chn) , K Joshi (Ind) , C Shinkwin (Eng) , M Shin (USA) , J Suri (USA) , M Pavon (Fra) , M Ilonen (Fin) , C Hanson (Eng) , W Lu (Tpe) , D Burmester (RSA) , O Fisher (Eng) , C Sordet (Fra) , M Tabuena (Phi) ,
72 G Bourdy (Fra) , R Wannasrichan (Tha) , D Brooks (Eng) , B Xiao (Chn) , J Wang (Kor) , P Peterson (USA) , E Molinari (Ita) , M Fraser (Aus) , A Sandhu (Ind) , X Luo (Chn) , J Zhang (Chn) , B Stone (RSA) , E Van Rooyen (RSA) , H Tanihara (Jpn) , B Wiesberger (Aut) , M Manassero (Ita) , R Wattel (Fra) , A Chesters (Eng) , T Jaidee (Tha) , W Huang (Chn) , H Chao (Chn) , J O’Toole (USA) , B Rumford (Aus) ,
73 P Meesawat (Tha) , L Zhang (Chn) , H Wu (Chn) , L Slattery (Eng) , G Havret (Fra) , L Jensen (Den) , R Bland (Eng) , J Lagergren (Swe) , K Aphibarnrat (Tha) , A Rai (Eng) , S Kapur (Ind) , G Green (Mas) , Z She (Chn) ,
74 D Chen (Chn) , H Zhang (Chn) , J Norris (Aus) , Z He (Chn) , T Olesen (Den) , R Cho (Kor) , S Han (USA) , R Paratore (Ita) , N Colsaerts (Bel) , J Janewattananond (Tha) ,
75 Z Tong (Chn) , X Yao (Chn) , Z Chen (Chn) , M Siem (Ger) , G Zhou (Chn) , B Hebert (Fra) , L Herbert (Aus) , P Saksansin (Tha) , S Chawrasia (Ind) , W Liang (Chn) , S Chan (Tpe) , D Gleeson (Aus) , X Chen (Chn) ,
76 D Im (USA) , C Chen (Chn) , Z Liu (Chn) , T Wu (Chn) , Z He (Chn) , X Wang (Chn) , M Warren (Sco) ,
77 D Nisbet (Aus) , J Singh (Ind) , C Ma (Chn) , S Hend (Aus) , Y Yang (Chn) ,
78 S Fan (Chn) ,
79 S He (Chn) , J Ye (Chn) , D Wang (Chn) , Z Ouyang (Chn) , L Lien (Tpe) , D Su (Chn) , H Porteous (RSA) , X Wang (Chn) ,
80 P Chen (am) (Chn) ,
83 G Chen (am) (Chn) ,
84 R Tang (Chn) ,