Moynihan opens up with a 67 at Hainan Open in China

Bernie McGuire
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Moynihan opens up with a 67 at Hainan Open in China

Gavin Moynihan has continued the good form shown at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the European Tour last week and carded an opening round of 67 in the Hainan Open in China.

Moynihan thrived during his first appearance at Sanya Luhuitou Golf Club, carding five birdies during a blemish first round on Hainan Island.
Currently in 30th place on the Road to Oman Moynihan will be looking to build on the opening round and try push up the rankings this season chasing a European Tour card which will be awarded to the top 15 at the end of the Challenge Tour season.

One shot ahead of Moynihan at the top is Steven Brown who claimed pole position by signing for a bogey-free 66 to lead by one in China.
Having finished in the top ten in his last three starts Brown is happy with his game – and believes he can carry on his impressive scoring over the next three days.

“I have had a really good season and I want to have a strong finish,” he said. “I had a two-week break before this week so it was really pleasing today to carry on where I left off.”
“It is a really nice golf course and today we had good weather so the course was playing well – it was amazing how dry it was after all the rain we had earlier in the week.”

“It was my first time playing here and I really enjoyed it. Teeing off it hit me how hot it was but I managed to get off to a steady start.
“I got going at the 16th, my seventh hole of the day, when I holed a nice birdie putt from 15 feet then it was the middle of the round where I played my best golf.
“I made five birdies in six holes and that was where I made my score today – it was really pleasing to stay bogey-free as there is a lot of water here that you can easily hit if you’re not careful from the tee.

“Overall I have made a great start but there is still a long way to go – let’s see what the rest of the week brings.”

The most impressive performance of the day arguably came from Chinese amateur Li Linqiang who is three shots back after a 69 – despite only being 13 years old.
Born and raised in Haikou on Hainan Island, the home favourite was granted a wildcard into this week’s tournament after he won the Hainan Junior Tour Final by finishing 18 under par in the three-round event.

“I really worked hard today,” he said. “Golf is my passion and my one true calling in life.  I have played on the China Tour three times before but this week definitely feels like a higher stage.

“I felt quite nervous at the beginning, but as the round went on I started to feel comfortable and played my game.

“It is very exciting being so high up the leaderboard but I am confident that I can do even better tomorrow – I am going to try and step on the gas!”

Scores after round one:

66 S Brown (Eng) ,
67 R Hie (Ina) , M Orrin (Eng) , G Moynihan (Irl) , E Van Rooyen (RSA) , M Baldwin (Eng) , G Forrest (Sco) ,
68 C Braeunig (Ger) , F Laporta (Ita) , B Macpherson (Aus) , T Pulkkanen (Fin) ,
69 J Da-Xing (Chn) , Z Hui-Lin (Chn) , O Zheng (Chn) , N Cullen (Aus) , M Kinhult (Swe) , M Madsen (Den) , B Virto (Esp) , C Sordet (Fra) , R Ree (USA) , M Antcliff (Aus) , M Schwab (Aut) , H Wen-Yi (Chn) , L Linqiang (Chn) ,
70 M Skelton (Eng) , R Evans (Eng) , O Lindell (Fin) , J Girrbach (Sui) , D Foos (Ger) , M Fenasse (Fra) , R Saxton (Ned) ,
71 O Stark (Swe) , S Fernandez (Esp) , J Dantorp (Swe) , G Porteous (Eng) , C Zi-Hao (Chn) , C Mivis (Bel) , J Hansen (Den) , B Hafthorsson (Isl) , L Yuxin (Chn) ,
72 A Saddier (Fra) , M Tullo (Chi) , V Perez (Fra) , L Gagli (Ita) , B Evans (Eng) , T Linard (Fra) , R McEvoy (Eng) , C Tarren (Eng) , D Huizing (Ned) , S Hak (Hkg) , J Heath (Eng) , G Charoenkul (Tha) , C Yi (Chn) , J Senior (Eng) , S Heisele (Ger) , C Hai-Meng (Chn) , S Forsström (Swe) , Z Wei-Yu (Chn) , R Kellett (Sco) , M Perry (Nzl) , J Arnoy (Nor) , W Xiaoli (Chn) ,
73 E Goya (Arg) , L Chun (Chn) , T Rongjian (Chn) , D Lee (Kor) , W Hongfu (Chn) , S Zi-Han (Chn) , J Doherty (Sco) , C Blomstrand (Swe) , Z Shang (Chn) , O Lengden (Swe) , S Jung (Can) , O Farr (Wal) , Y Yi-Nong (Chn) , M McCardle (Aus) , P Howard (Eng) , R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) ,
74 A Belt (Eng) , W Xu (Chn) , R Cho (Kor) , J Geary (Nzl) , H Shao-Cai (Chn) , Y Guang-Ming (Chn) , M Cheng-Yao (Chn) , J Guerrier (Fra) , N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) , X Bowen (Chn) , C Ford (Eng) , C Jian (Chn) , M Ovesen (Den) , S Dong (Chn) , Z Jin (Chn) , M Webb (Eng) , M Lundberg (Swe) , M Ford (Eng) , D Lawson (Aus) , L Zehao (Chn) ,
75 B Neil (Sco) , M Wiegele (Aut) , T Murray (Eng) , F Shiyu (Chn) , Z Guo-Wu (Chn) , R Santos (Por) , C Changping (Chn) , X Qiantong (Chn) ,
76 L Ding-Feng (Chn) , J Sjöholm (Swe) , H Zeming (Chn) , Y Hao (Chn) , L Xue-Wen (Chn) , W Chang-Wei (Chn) ,
77 Y Tian (Chn) , H Ze-Yu (Chn) , C Koepka (USA) , Y Jian-Feng (Chn) , H Ren (Chn) ,
78 W Tu-Xuan (Chn) , L Xue-Cheng (Chn) ,
80 L Ho Soo (Kor) , D Chen Xiao (Chn) , W Yanzhang (Chn) ,
81 C Ding-Gen (Chn) , L Tao (Chn) , X Qin (Chn) ,
88 Z Zenghaoqi (Chn) ,

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