Fleetwood keeps up pace in HK Open

  • Fleetwood keeps up pace in HK Open

Fleetwood keeps up pace in HK Open

His compatriot Shubhankar Sharma and England's Matthew Fitzpatrick are now a stroke behind with Jamie Donaldson part of a seven-man group tied for fourth after a blustery opening day.

"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.

Chawrasia entered Friday with a one-shot lead, and with tricky conditions once again making it hard for the early starters, he was able to extend his advantage to as much as five shots at one point as the wind quietened down in the afternoon.

Playing in a group with compatriot Tommy Fleetwood and defending champion Sam Brazel, Fitzpatrick hit six birdies to finish with a 66 on the par-70 course, putting him in second place one stroke off the first-round lead.

"It was a tough day - it was Baltic this morning. I played really nice, I felt comfy out there and hit a lot of nice putts".

Justin Rose gained consolation for narrowly missing out on the Race to Dubai title after being named European Tour Golfer of the Month for October.

"New season, let's go again", Fleetwood said.

"I've played this golf course well and I haven't played it well at times, I think, when I've got a little bit impatient because this course tempts you to hit driver".

The world No 6 looked certain to pip Tommy Fleetwood as he led the season-ending DP World Tour Championship with just seven holes remaining, but Rose dropped shots at 12, 14 and 16 before a birdie at the last was not enough to win his second Harry Vardon Trophy.

"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".