JIN TAKES A ONE-SHOT LEAD IN VOLVO CHINA OPEN CHENGDU QUALIFYING

Jin Da-xing fired an impressive bogey-free round of 68 to take a one-shot lead into tomorrow’s second and final round of the BRC Grand-Hill Qualifying in Chengdu.

The 24-year-old from Jilin province struggled with his driver for much of the round but managed to keep the ball in play.

My driving was not really good enough today, but fortunately most of my tee shots found the fairway,” said Jin, “My irons and my putter were both working well, and I took only 29 putts today.

The biggest challenge was to try to get the ball to stop in the correct position on the greens, but I managed to do that pretty well.

I had a strategy that I managed to stick to so that helped me to get through the round without dropping a shot. I will try to adopt the same approach tomorrow and will try not to be too aggressive.

Jin has considerable experience in the qualifying events and has been in the top three no less than three times since 2013.

Playing in the Volvo China Open has been very helpful to my professional career, as I’ve been able to learn many things from European Tour pros,” Jin added, “It has certainly helped my attitude to the game.

Huang Wen-yi had a fairly steady round going and was one under par until he dropped a shot on the par-three eighth. His round then came a light on the par-five 13th when his second shot found the green and ended up 10 yards from the hole, from when he made an eagle three.

The Volvo China Open is a sacred event for Chinese players, and I have been fortunate to play every year since 2011,” said the 36-year-old, who now lies in joint second place just one shot out of the lead.

Jiangxi-born Huang has been based in Shenzhen since 2010 where he and his colleagues in the National Team train as a group.

This is my first event of the year and it will be really special to qualify and to book my place in Beijing,” added Huang. “It will also tell me how effective my winter training has been.

Suzhou-based Chen Ding-gen decided to adopt an attacking approach to his round, and it was paying off handsomely until he dropped a shot on the par-four 16th.

I almost made an eagle from about 17 yards on the par-five 13th but my ball hit the marker of my playing partner and stopped it from going in the hole,” said Chen, 37, who like Huang signed for a three under par 69. “I’m happy with my round, however, and I’m in a good position for tomorrow’s final round.

Yan Bin had plenty of support today, and as the leading local player he played the part of hero by joining Huang and Cheng on the leaderboard with a three under par 69.

My iron play was very good today and I gave myself a lot of chances for birdie – it’s always a bonus to shoot a bogey-free round,” said Yan, 35. “My putter wasn’t as hot as I would have liked it to be but I’m happy with my score and happy with my position in the tournament.

I’ve played in the Volvo China Open three times in the past and obviously it would be great to get the job done tomorrow and make it four times!

(2017-03-14)

 

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