July 18, 2019

Sluman holds clubhouse lead in Guangzhou

First Round – Partial Results

Guangzhou Open: For the complete leaderboard, click here

Pos.

Name

Scores

Current OOM**

1

Trevor Sluman (U.S.)

33-31—64 (-5)

2

T2

Max McGreevy (U.S.)

4-under through 12

3

T2

Cyril Bouniol (France)

4-under through 12

7

T2

Shiyu Fan (China)

4-under through 9

161

T5

Bryden Macpherson (Australia)*

34-32—66 (-3)

58

T5

Richard Jung (Canada)

33-33—66 (-3)

10

T5

Zheng Ouyang (China)

33-33—66 (-3)

78

T5

a-Aaron Du (China)

33-33—66 (-3)

N/A

T5

Yinong Yang (China)

3-under through 9

68

* Began on No. 10

** As of July 18

 

GUANGZHOU, China—Under a scorching sun, American Trevor Sluman fired a 5-under 64 to set the clubhouse lead at the Guangzhou Open before officials suspended play due to dangerous weather. Of the players who finished, he leads by two shots over a quartet of players—Bryden Macpherson, Richard Jung, Zheng Ouyang and amateur Aaron Du. Max McGreevy, Cyril Bouniol and Shiyu Fan are all at 4-under with holes still to play at Nansha Golf Club.

All players from the morning waves completed their rounds as the heat reached a high of 97 before the weather took a turn, and lightning in the area left 78 players unable to complete their rounds. The first round is scheduled to resume Friday at 7:30 a.m., while the second round will begin at 9 a.m.

Sluman is currently No. 2 on the Order of Merit and is off to another great start as he looks to win his second PGA TOUR Series-China title and overtake David Kocher (1-under through 12 holes) on the Order of Merit.

Despite being even-par through eight holes, Sluman followed an eagle on hole 9 with three birdies in his final five holes to hold the overnight lead.

“I hit my irons really good today, so that was the key for me to shoot a nice low number,” said Sluman, who admits the heat made it difficult. “Honestly I wasn’t even thinking about golf, I was just counting down the holes because it was really hot, but luckily at the end I hit it close on the last couple holes to make a really nice number. I was really steady the whole day, and just caught fire on the last two holes.”

McGreevy will be hoping to keep his momentum going and remain bogey-free when he restarts on hole 13 Friday. After opening with back-to-back birdies, McGreevy added three more birdies on holes 5, 7 and 9 to lie in a tie with Fan (through nine holes) and Bouniol (through 12 holes), who won the Suzhou Open last month.

McGreevy, who played on the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour, is still hunting for his breakthrough win in China after recording six top-10s, including four top-fives already this year, making him the most consistent player of the season.

Australia’s Macpherson, the 2015 Player of the Year, is looking to win his third career title and is off to his quickest start of the year in this, his seventh start of the year. Macpherson is 58th on the current Order of Merit.