Shenzhen International: Chawrasia slips with late lapses

Chawrasia had three birdies before he found a double on 15th and another bogey on 16th. At even par 72 he was tied 49th.

S.S.P Chawrasia won the Hero Indian open last month.   -  Getty Images

S.S.P. Chawrasia was cruising along at three-under through 15 holes and was inside top-5, before a double bogey and a bogey laid him low in the first round of Shenzhen International before the opening round was suspended overnight.

Chawrasia, winner of the Hero Indian open last month, had three birdies before he found a double on 15th and another bogey on 16th. At even par 72 he was tied 49th.

“It was so disappointing to hit that double, as I played quite well today,” said Chawrasia. “There is more golf to come and I will try and get back.”

Meanwhile, Alexander Levy continued his love affair with Genzon Golf Club as the Frenchman carded a flawless six under par 66 to the share the clubhouse lead with South Korean Soomin Lee before the opening round was suspended overnight.

The 25-year-old claimed his maiden European Tour title when the Volvo China Open was held at Genzon in 2014 and he got off to a perfect start, birdieing his opening hole — the tenth — before adding three more birdies and an eagle to his tally to move to the top early on.

Levy was joined by Lee, who also carded a bogey-free round minutes before play was suspended due to darkness following a 46-minute lightning suspension in the afternoon.

With 11 groups yet to finish, round one will resume at 6:50 A.M., and South African Brandon Stone will have a chance to join the front-runners as he plays the 18th hole just a shot back on five under par. Meanwhile, five players are in the clubhouse on four under, two shots off the pace.

“It’s always nice to shoot under par. I have some very good memories here, and it’s always nice to play a golf course where you have had your first win,” said Levy.

“I just played great today. I played good last week but had a few bad rounds with the wind, and I feel like my game is in a good way now. Today I played solid, like I did in the last round in Valderrama.”

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