Jacquelin, Huang lead in China

ASSOCIATED PRESS

SHANGHAI, China – France’s Raphael Jacquelin and Huang Mingjie of China overcame strong winds to shoot opening rounds of 3-under 68 Thursday, sharing a one-stroke lead after the first round of the China Open.

Jacquelin, second at last month’s Estoril Open de Portugal, racked up four birdies before bogeying the 14th and 17th holes to fall out of the lead. Another birdie on 18 saw him catch a surging Huang.

“I said to my caddie as we set out, ‘Anything under par will be good so just try and par every hole,’ ’’ Jacquelin said. We knew we would have to chip and putt all day long.’’

Huang bogeyed the first three holes before recovering to collect seven birdies, including a run of four from holes eight to 11.

“I did not adjust enough and the ball was not placed where I wanted it to be,’’ said Huang, who finds himself leading a round for the first time ever in a tournament. “I tried to play safe hoping to get even or one over to finish the game.’’

American Gary Rusnak was one stroke back after double-bogeying the fifth hole before snapping back with five birdies.

Despite the wind, no less than six players eagled the par-five 18th hole. England’s Scott Drummond was up and down all day, carding three eagles against a double bogey, triple bogey, and a disastrous 10 on the par-four 13th hole.

Singh is not defending his title, having elected to stay in the United States following his debut at the Masters.

Golfers from no less than 40 nations are competing at this year’s China Open, which carries a purse of $2 million, including $333,390 for the winner.

Sponsor Volvo plans to move the tournament to Beijing next year to coincide with the Chinese capital’s staging of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Scores with relation to par from the first round of the China Open, played April 12 at the par-71, 6,792-yard Shanghai Silport Golf Club in Shanghai, China (Note: a-amateur):

  1. Ming-Jie Huang 68 -3
    1. Raphael Jacquelin 68 -3
    3. Gary Rusnak 69 -2
    4. Yasin Ali 70 -1
    4. Thomas Bjorn 70 -1
    4. Adam Blyth 70 -1
    4. Robert-Jan Derksen 70 -1
    4. Christopher Hanell 70 -1
    4. Michael Jonzon 70 -1
    4. Richard Lee 70 -1
    4. Graeme McDowell 70 -1
    4. Unho Park 70 -1
    4. Zhi-Feng Qiu 70 -1
    4. Richard Sterne 70 -1
    15. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 71 E
    15. Scott Hend 71 E
    15. Keith Horne 71 E
    15. Garry Houston 71 E
    15. Thongchai Jaidee 71 E
    15. James Kingston 71 E
    15. Maarten Lafeber 71 E
    15. Edward Loar 71 E
    15. Prayad Marksaeng 71 E
    15. Damien McGrane 71 E
    15. Andres Romero 71 E
    15. Marcel Siem 71 E
    27. Markus Brier 72 +1
    27. Gary Emerson 72 +1
    27. David Griffiths 72 +1
    27. Peter Hanson 72 +1
    27. Steven Jeppesen 72 +1
    27. Shiv Kapur 72 +1
    27. Soren Kjeldsen 72 +1
    27. Jason Knutzon 72 +1
    27. Peter Lawrie 72 +1
    27. Andrew McLardy 72 +1
    27. Prom Meesawat 72 +1
    27. Mark Pilkington 72 +1
    27. Brett Rumford 72 +1
    27. Kane Webber 72 +1
    41. Danny Chia 73 +2
    41. S.S.P Chowrasia 73 +2
    41. Stephen Gallacher 73 +2
    41. Gaurav Ghei 73 +2
    41. David Gleeson 73 +2
    41. Adam Groom 73 +2
    41. Gregory Havret 73 +2
    41. Marcus Higley 73 +2
    41. Mikko Ilonen 73 +2
    41. Wen-Tang Lin 73 +2
    41. Jean-Francois Lucquin 73 +2
    41. Mardan Mamat 73 +2
    41. Edward Michaels 73 +2
    41. Mahal Pearce 73 +2
    41. Thammanoon Srirot 73 +2
    41. Graeme Storm 73 +2
    41. Kyron Sullivan 73 +2
    41. Carl Suneson 73 +2
    41. Lee Sung 73 +2
    41. Miles Tunnicliff 73 +2
    41. Ter-Chang Wang 73 +2
    41. Tom Whitehouse 73 +2
    41. Simon Yates 73 +2
    64. Joakim Backstrom 74 +3
    64. Benn Barham 74 +3
    64. Marcus Both 74 +3
    64. David Bransdon 74 +3
    64. Gareth Davies 74 +3
    64. Stephen Dodd 74 +3
    64. Gavin Flint 74 +3
    64. Peter Gustafsson 74 +3
    64. a-Ren Han 74 +3
    64. Soren Hansen 74 +3
    64. Brad Kennedy 74 +3
    64. Gui-Ming Liao 74 +3
    64. Wen-Teh Lu 74 +3
    64. Andrew Marshall 74 +3
    64. Gary Murphy 74 +3
    64. Peter O'Malley 74 +3
    64. Terry Pilkadaris 74 +3
    64. Bryan Saltus 74 +3
    64. Gary Simpson 74 +3
    64. Scott Strange 74 +3
    64. Sven Struver 74 +3
    64. Thaworn Wiratchant 74 +3
    64. Zhi-Jin Xiao 74 +3
    87. Hendrik Buhrmann 75 +4
    87. Rafael Cabrera Bello 75 +4
    87. Tony Carolan 75 +4
    87. Christian Cevaer 75 +4
    87. Marcus Fraser 75 +4
    87. David Frost 75 +4
    87. Chris Rodgers 75 +4
    87. Jarmo Sandelin 75 +4
    87. Simon Wakefield 75 +4
    87. Kang-Chun Wu 75 +4
    97. Scott Drummond 76 +5
    97. Rahil Gangjee 76 +5
    97. Rick Gibson 76 +5
    97. Ricardo Gonzalez 76 +5
    97. Simon Hurd 76 +5
    97. Amandeep Johl 76 +5
    97. Barry Lane 76 +5
    97. Adam Le Vesconte 76 +5
    97. Chao Li 76 +5
    97. Wen-Chong Liang 76 +5
    97. Chapchai Nirat 76 +5
    97. Chinarat Phadungsil 76 +5
    97. Angelo Que 76 +5
    97. Lei Shang 76 +5
    97. Lian-Wei Zhang 76 +5
    112. Andrew Butterfield 77 +6
    112. Richard Finch 77 +6
    112. Ross Fisher 77 +6
    112. Jose-Filipe Lima 77 +6
    112. Wei-Chih Lu 77 +6
    112. Frankie Minoza 77 +6
    112. a-Cheng-Tsung Pan 77 +6
    112. Zeng-Fa Qi 77 +6
    112. Marc Warren 77 +6
    121. Clay Devers 78 +7
    121. Anton Haig 78 +7
    121. Anthony Kang 78 +7
    121. Han Lee 78 +7
    121. Keng-Chi Lin 78 +7
    121. Christian Nilsson 78 +7
    121. Jun-Won Park 78 +7
    121. Chawalit Plaphol 78 +7
    121. Iain Steel 78 +7
    121. Jong-Yul Suk 78 +7
    121. Wei-Huang Wu 78 +7
    121. Shao-Guang Zheng 78 +7
    133. Johan Axgren 79 +8
    133. Matthew Millar 79 +8
    133. Ted Oh 79 +8
    133. Airil Rizman 79 +8
    137. Yong-Huan Huang 80 +9
    137. Wook-Soon Kang 80 +9
    137. Anda Liu 80 +9
    137. Steven O'Hara 80 +9
    137. Juvic Pagunsan 80 +9
    137. Hao Yuan 80 +9
    137. Wen-Gen Zheng 80 +9
    144. Xiao-Ma Chen 81 +10
    144. Lei Gao 81 +10
    146. Scott Barr 82 +11
    146. Jun Cheng 82 +11
    146. Fu-Chiang a-Pan 82 +11
    146. Jian-Feng a-Ye 82 +11
    150. Shu-Tao Gu 83 +12
    150. Barry Hume 83 +12
    150. Shaun P. Webster 83 +12
    153. Cheng-De Jin 84 +13
    154. Cheng-Wei Zhang 85 +14
    155. Yong-Zong Tan 86 +15
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