July 26, 2019

Singapore’s Quek and South Korea’s Kwon lead Dongguan Open

First-Round Partial Results

Dongguan Open: For the complete leaderboard, click here

Pos.

Name

Scores

Current OOM**

Projected OOM**

T1

Quincy Quek (Singapore)

33-33—66 (-4)

36

18

T1

Luke Kwon (South Korea)

32-34—66 (-4)*

4

4

T3

Yuwa Kosaihira (Japan)

32-35—67 (-3)*

12

9

T3

Joel Thelen (U.S.)

34-33—67 (-3)*

99

59

T3

a-Wocheng Ye (China)

33-34—67 (-3)*

N/A

N/A

 

Joey Lane (U.S.)

5-under through 9

30

7

 

Matthew Cheung (Hong Kong)

3-under through 12

118

64

 

Stuart Macdonald (Canada)

3-under through 12

42

27

* Began on No. 10

** As of July 26

 

DONGGUAN, China—Singapore’s Quincy Quek and South Korea’s Luke Kwon both fired 66s to set the opening-round, clubhouse lead at 4-under at the Dongguan Open. However, American Joey Lane holds the overnight lead and was 5-under through nine holes before officials suspended play due to darkness, at 7:04 p.m. Almost half the players in the field had yet to complete their opening rounds. Due to bad weather Thursday, officials postponed the opening round until 9 a.m., Friday and reduced the tournament to 54 holes. The first round is scheduled to resume Saturday morning at 8, with the second round set to begin at 9:30 a.m..

It took a while for the Singaporean veteran to get his round going. After being 1-over through five holes, Quek birdied three in a row and continued the momentum onto the back nine, with back-to-back birdies on holes 12 and 13. He then carded a double bogey on hole 14 before closing birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie.

“I think shooting 4-under on this course, you take it. Obviously there were a few mishaps today, but overall I kept my head in the game,” said Quek, who turned pro in 2009. “Every time I stumbled, I came back with birdies so that kept the momentum going and kept the round together.”

Quek is the leading Singaporean on the Order of Merit, currently in 36th place, his highest finish coming at the Haikou Championship in April. That week he missed out on a playoff by one shot, finishing solo third. Since then, Quek has been relatively quiet, but a good result this week could give him the boost he needs with just a few events remaining in the season.

“I think since my third-place in Haikou, I’ve been struggling a bit. I’m not hitting it bad, [and] I’ve put myself in good positions but just haven’t capitalised,” said Quek. “We’re coming to the end of the season now, and every round is starting to get a little more stressful. Everyone’s trying to creep up the Order of Merit, but I’m happy today is done and I’m excited for [Saturday].”

If Quek wants to win this week, he will have to fend off Kwon, who has been in great form in his first season in China. The 26-year-old University of Oklahoma product lies fourth on the Order of Merit and is hunting for his second title of the season after winning the Qinhuangdao Championship in May.

Despite a solid 66 to start, Kwon feels like there might be a lower score coming.

“I left quite a few out there I felt like. I hit a few really good putts, and they just didn’t drop,” said Kwon. “Another 4-under (round) would be nice. Hopefully I can get something a little lower. I definitely could have gone lower today.”