July 19, 2019

McGreevy leads weather-affected Guangzhou Open

GUANGZHOU, China— American Max McGreevy leads the weather-affected Guangzhou Open, which has been reduced to a 54-hole event after dangerous weather forced play to be suspended for a second consecutive day. Players completed the first round Friday morning, but the weather took a turn for the worse and officials suspended play at 10:50 a.m., due to lightning in the area. Play didn’t resume until 4 p.m., but stopped for a second and final time 15 minutes later. The second round is scheduled to resume Saturday at 7:30 a.m., and the third and final round will take place Sunday.  

McGreevy re-started his opening round Friday morning at 5-under through 13 holes and picked up two more birdies to card a bogey-free, 7-under 62. That gave him a two-shot lead. After a short break, McGreevy started his second round and added one birdie and one bogey to lie even-par through six holes.

Order of Merit leader David Kocher is 2-under through six holes and is tied for second, at 5-under, along with Japan’s Kenta Endo and Australia’s Aaron Wilkin (both through three holes), and fellow Americans Brad Gehl (through six holes) and Trevor Sluman, who is among the majority of players yet to start their second rounds.

China’s Zhengkai Bai, last month’s Huangshan Championship winner, is 2-under through six holes and lies in solo seventh. He leads by one over six players in a tie for eighth.