Brazel steady in Hong Kong defence

Ross Houston
November 23, 2017

Olympic champion Justin Rose had predicted following the previous day's pro-am warm-up that four-under would be a good score given the course's rapid greens and swirling winds, and he duly finished two-under.

"We had the crowd following Tommy just seeing as how he won the Race to Dubai the other day", said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick fought back from some tricky positions, recovering from next to a path off the par-five 3rd hole with a fine pitch shot leaving him a simple tap-in for birdie.

"I played really nice, I felt comfortable out there and hit a lot of nice putts".

India's S S P Chawrasia took the early honours by carding a five-under-par 65 to take the first round lead at the UBS Hong Kong Open today. People are going to be following Tommy seeing as he won The Race to Dubai last week.

"I've been playing many years here and I've not finished well".

Fleetwood is playing his fifth consecutive tournament, but he showed little signs of fatigue as he started with a birdie at 11 and followed a run of seven pars with further gains at the first and fourth.

"It was a tough day-it was Baltic this morning".

"No offence to him but I've played with him a few times before now, so you get used to it", he joked.

"I think the course played a couple shots harder than it typically does", Rose said.

MalaysiaÂ's Danny Chia also ensured a strong Asian Tour presence atop the leaderboard when he returned with a 68 to trail Chawrasia by three shots in tied-11th place that included Major victor Justin Rose of England.

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