European Tour

HONMA Hong Kong Open 2018

November 22-25

Hong Kong Golf Club

$2,000,000

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November 22-25

Hong Kong Golf Club

$2,000,000

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Round 1

Three-way tie at the top in Hong Kong

November 22, 2018

Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato lead the way at the Honma Hong Kong Open presented by Amundi after benefiting from favourable afternoon conditions on Thursday.

Three-way tie at the top in Hong Kong, © Getty Images

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After India's Arjun Atwal had set the early clubhouse target with a flawless 66 on a cool and windy morning in Fanling, calmer weather opened the door for later starters Rai, Scrivener and Miyazato to produce opening 65s and move to the top of the leaderboard.

“It was good," said Rai. "I think we were lucky with the weather today. When we got here this morning, it was kind of blowy, so the guys this morning had it harder than we did, but nonetheless it's a tough course. I think any anything under par was a good score and I was very pleased with a 65 to start off."

“Short game was pretty good. Missed a few greens early on and got up and down each time, which I think was important. I putted well, good pace control. Made a few putts, as well, which is nice.”

Three-time European Tour winner Atwal, Challenge Tour graduate Jack Singh Brar and American Micah Lauren Shin were the leaders' nearest challengers on four under after they all carded four birdies and no bogeys in their opening rounds.

Rai began his round with a birdie at the first but had to wait until the 12th to pick up his second shot after a string of pars. He was rewarded for his patience with an eagle at the 13th, sending a stunning approach to within a few inches of the cup before tapping in.

Australian Scrivener only managed one birdie on his front nine before picking up four shots in five holes from the 12th to get to five under, meanwhile Japan's Miyazato started from the 11th tee and carded birdies at the 13th and 15th, before making further gains on the fourth and seventh to join Rai and Scrivener at the summit.

“It was a noise round," said Scrivener. "Just kind of plodded my way around nicely and picked up a few birdies towards the end of the round."

“I think it's just the way this golf course is. The front nine is quite tricky and you've got to kind of be patient and wait for your opportunities, and I did that quite well today. It's a golf course I really like and I feel like if I can keep playing the way I am, it really suits me.”

South Africa's Thomas Aiken and Thailand's Danthai Boonma were in a tie for seventh on three under. Englishman Tommy Fleetwood sits further back at one under, with Spaniard Sergio Garcia posting level par.

“It's okay," said Fleetwood. "You can't press too hard and to be fair, I didn't play very good. I was fine getting off the tee. Drove the ball lovely which is the really important part to do, but yeah, my iron play was like way off. One under around there is not bad, but yeah, we had chances there but I mean, I didn't play very well.”

The day began with Challenge Tour winner Joachim B Hansen playing the opening tee-shot of the 2019 Race to Dubai season.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
65
T1
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
65
T1
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-5
65
T4
Arjun Atwal
IND
-4
66
T4
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
66
T4
Micah Shin
USA
-4
66
T7
Danthai Boonma
THA
-3
67
T7
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
67
T9
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
68
T9
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
68
T9
Berry Henson
USA
-2
68
T9
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
68
T9
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
68
T9
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
68
T9
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
68
T9
Khalin Joshi
IND
-2
68
T9
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
68
T9
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
68
T9
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
68
T9
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-2
68
T9
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
68
T9
William Liu
CHN
-2
68
T23
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-1
69
T23
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
69
T23
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
69
T23
Casey O'Toole
USA
-1
69
T23
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
69
T23
David Lipsky
USA
-1
69
T23
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
69
T23
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-1
69
T23
James Morrison
ENG
-1
69
T23
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-1
69
T23
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
69
T23
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
69
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
69
T23
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-1
69
T23
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
69
T23
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
69
T23
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-1
69
T23
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
-1
69
T41
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
Par
70
T41
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
Par
70
T41
Deyen Lawson
AUS
Par
70
T41
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
70
T41
John Catlin
USA
Par
70
T41
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
70
T41
Natipong Srithong
THA
Par
70
T41
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
70
T41
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
Par
70
T41
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
70
T41
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
70
T41
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
70
T53
Adria Arnaus
ESP
1
71
T53
Angelo Que
PHL
1
71
T53
Arnod Vongvanij
THA
1
71
T53
Ben Evans
ENG
1
71
T53
Chiragh Kumar
IND
1
71
T53
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
1
71
T53
David Horsey
ENG
1
71
T53
David Law
SCO
1
71
T53
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
71
T53
Gi-Whan Kim
KOR
1
71
T53
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
71
T53
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
71
T53
Matthew Cheung
HKG
1
71
T53
Richard Lee
CAN
1
71
T53
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
71
T53
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
1
71
T53
Victor Perez
FRA
1
71
T53
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
1
71
T53
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
1
71
T72
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
72
T72
Danny Chia
MAL
2
72
T72
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
72
T72
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
2
72
T72
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
72
T72
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
2
72
T72
Kurt Kitayama
USA
2
72
T72
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
72
T72
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
72
T72
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
2
72
T72
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
72
T72
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
72
T72
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
72
T72
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
2
72
T72
Simon Yates
SCO
2
72
T72
Steven Lam
HKG
2
72
T72
Zander Lombard
RSA
2
72
T89
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
73
T89
Chien Yao Hung
CHN
3
73
T89
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
73
T89
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
73
T89
Jarin Todd
USA
3
73
T89
Jason Norris
AUS
3
73
T89
Johannes Veerman
USA
3
73
T89
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
73
T89
Nicholas Fung
MAL
3
73
T89
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
73
T89
Paul Peterson
USA
3
73
T89
Shiv Kapur
IND
3
73
T89
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
T89
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
73
T89
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
3
73
T89
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
73
T89
Viraj Madappa
IND
3
73
T89
Wenchong Liang
CHN
3
73
T107
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
74
T107
Kalle Samooja
FIN
4
74
T107
Keith Horne
RSA
4
74
T107
Miguel Tabuena
PHI
4
74
T107
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
4
74
T107
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
74
T113
Alvin Cheung
CHN
5
75
T113
Bowen Xiao
CHN
5
75
T113
Jbe Kruger
RSA
5
75
T113
Juvic Pagunsan
PHI
5
75
T113
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
5
75
T113
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
5
75
T113
Patrick Reed
USA
5
75
T113
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
5
75
T113
Rashid Khan
IND
5
75
T113
Shintaro Kobayashi
JPN
5
75
T123
Matthew Southgate
ENG
6
76
T123
Pannakorn Uthaipas
THA
6
76
T123
Sean Crocker
USA
6
76
T126
Chapchai Nirat
THA
7
77
T126
Edmund Chapman
ENG
7
77
T126
Lionel Weber
FRA
7
77
T126
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
7
77
T126
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
7
77
131
Ben Wong
USA
9
79
132
Jonathan Lai
CHN
12
82
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
65
T1
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
65
T1
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-5
65
T4
Arjun Atwal
IND
-4
66
T4
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
66
T4
Micah Shin
USA
-4
66
T7
Danthai Boonma
THA
-3
67
T7
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-3
67
T9
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-2
68
T9
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
68
T9
Berry Henson
USA
-2
68
T9
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
68
T9
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
68
T9
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
68
T9
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
68
T9
Khalin Joshi
IND
-2
68
T9
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
68
T9
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
68
T9
Scott Hend
AUS
-2
68
T9
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-2
68
T9
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
-2
68
T9
William Liu
CHN
-2
68
T23
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-1
69
T23
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
69
T23
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
69
T23
Casey O'Toole
USA
-1
69
T23
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
69
T23
David Lipsky
USA
-1
69
T23
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
69
T23
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
-1
69
T23
James Morrison
ENG
-1
69
T23
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-1
69
T23
Justin Harding
RSA
-1
69
T23
Kim Koivu
FIN
-1
69
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
69
T23
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-1
69
T23
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-1
69
T23
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
69
T23
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-1
69
T23
Wen-Tang Lin
TPE
-1
69
T41
Adilson Da Silva
BRA
Par
70
T41
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
Par
70
T41
Deyen Lawson
AUS
Par
70
T41
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
70
T41
John Catlin
USA
Par
70
T41
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
70
T41
Natipong Srithong
THA
Par
70
T41
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
70
T41
Rattanon Wannasrichan
THA
Par
70
T41
Sergio Garcia
ESP
Par
70
T41
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
70
T41
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
70
T53
Adria Arnaus
ESP
1
71
T53
Angelo Que
PHL
1
71
T53
Arnod Vongvanij
THA
1
71
T53
Ben Evans
ENG
1
71
T53
Chiragh Kumar
IND
1
71
T53
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
1
71
T53
David Horsey
ENG
1
71
T53
David Law
SCO
1
71
T53
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
1
71
T53
Gi-Whan Kim
KOR
1
71
T53
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
71
T53
Liam Johnston
SCO
1
71
T53
Matthew Cheung
HKG
1
71
T53
Richard Lee
CAN
1
71
T53
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
71
T53
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
1
71
T53
Victor Perez
FRA
1
71
T53
Wei-Chih Lu
TPE
1
71
T53
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
1
71
T72
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
72
T72
Danny Chia
MAL
2
72
T72
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
72
T72
Jeev Milkha Singh
IND
2
72
T72
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
72
T72
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
2
72
T72
Kurt Kitayama
USA
2
72
T72
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
72
T72
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
72
T72
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
2
72
T72
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
2
72
T72
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
2
72
T72
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
72
T72
Seenappa Chikkarangappa
IND
2
72
T72
Simon Yates
SCO
2
72
T72
Steven Lam
HKG
2
72
T72
Zander Lombard
RSA
2
72
T89
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
73
T89
Chien Yao Hung
CHN
3
73
T89
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
73
T89
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
73
T89
Jarin Todd
USA
3
73
T89
Jason Norris
AUS
3
73
T89
Johannes Veerman
USA
3
73
T89
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
3
73
T89
Nicholas Fung
MAL
3
73
T89
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
73
T89
Paul Peterson
USA
3
73
T89
Shiv Kapur
IND
3
73
T89
Steven Brown
ENG
3
73
T89
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
3
73
T89
Tirawat Kaewsirbandit
THA
3
73
T89
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
3
73
T89
Viraj Madappa
IND
3
73
T89
Wenchong Liang
CHN
3
73
T107
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
74
T107
Kalle Samooja
FIN
4
74
T107
Keith Horne
RSA
4
74
T107
Miguel Tabuena
PHI
4
74
T107
Mohammad Siddikur Rahman
BAN
4
74
T107
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
74
T113
Alvin Cheung
CHN
5
75
T113
Bowen Xiao
CHN
5
75
T113
Jbe Kruger
RSA
5
75
T113
Juvic Pagunsan
PHI
5
75
T113
Jyoti Randhawa
IND
5
75
T113
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
5
75
T113
Patrick Reed
USA
5
75
T113
Pavit Tangkamolprasert
THA
5
75
T113
Rashid Khan
IND
5
75
T113
Shintaro Kobayashi
JPN
5
75
T123
Matthew Southgate
ENG
6
76
T123
Pannakorn Uthaipas
THA
6
76
T123
Sean Crocker
USA
6
76
T126
Chapchai Nirat
THA
7
77
T126
Edmund Chapman
ENG
7
77
T126
Lionel Weber
FRA
7
77
T126
Panuphol Pittayarat
THA
7
77
T126
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
7
77
131
Ben Wong
USA
9
79
132
Jonathan Lai
CHN
12
82