UBS Hong Kong Open 2017: Thursday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights

Doug Mendoza
November 25, 2017

The Englishman, playing in a group with compatriot Matthew Fitzpatrick and defending tournament champion Sam Brazel, hit an iron shot from 106 yards out to within inches of the hole to card a two-under-par round on the first day of the season-opening event.

"If it plays like this and I shoot the same score for the next three days, I'll be very, very happy", said Fitzpatrick, 23, after the opening round. "It's a tough golf course without any wind, so that makes it very tricky".

"It was a tough day - it was Baltic this morning". Same thing I'm playing the last two days, exactly the same strategy. "Once you get off the fairway it's so hard", said Fleetwood.

Fleetwood finished third at Fanling 12 months ago, won in Abu Dhabi on his next start and also claimed victory in the French Open on his way to finishing just 58,821 points ahead of Justin Rose. "I found it unbelievable that I started the season here past year, 12 months ago, and then you were watching the last shot be played in the Race to Dubai to decide what happened". "I'm hitting well and some putts well".

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Supported by the Hong Kong Mega Events Fund, the Hong Kong Golf Open is one of the longest-running sporting events in Asia and is tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Hong Kong Golf Association.

"It set up a really exciting end to the Race to Dubai, and although it ultimately wasn't to be for me, it has all been part of a great year".

"I'm glad I birdied the last hole really, which made me feel a bit better".

Wales' Jamie Donaldson is on three under, with 2016-17 Race to Dubai victor Tommy Fleetwood on two under.

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