BEIJING : Eric Mina was the early pacesetter at the Nanshan China Masters yesterday, mastering the windy conditions for a four-under-par 68 on the opening day of the tournament.
The American outshone New Zealander Gareth Paddison, Lucas Lee of Brazil and South Korea's Ted Oh, who were three under at the US$1 million OneAsia event.
Major winners Charl Schwartzel and Darren Clarke remained within touching distance of the leaders. South African Schwartzel finished the day at one under, while Clarke, of Northern Ireland, was on par.
Clarke started the day with two birdies, but was pegged back as he battled the wind at the Nanshan International Golf Club's Montgomerie course in the eastern province of Shandong.
"It was tricky out there today. The wind was pumping on a few holes," the 2011 US Masters winner said in a report released by the organisers.
FIRST ROUND SCORES
68 _ Eric Mina (USA)
69 _ Lucas Lee (BRA), Gareth Paddison (NZL), Ted Oh (KOR)
70 _ Park Bae-Jong (KOR), Li Haotong (CHN), Scott Laycock (AUS)
71 _ Zhang Xinjun (CHN), Terry Pilkadaris (AUS), Garrett Sapp (USA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Mark Brown (NZL), Ryan Haller (AUS), Yu Gyoung-Yoon (KOR)
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