South Australian David Lutterus eagled the par-5 18th on Thursday to post a 6-under 64 and hold a one-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA TOUR-China’s Clearwater Bay Open at The Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club.
This tournament is the only sanctioned PGA TOUR-China event of the 2017 season but is a precursor to a full schedule PGA TOUR-China will play in 2018.
Chinese amateur Cheng Jin, who won the 2015 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship held here at Clearwater Bay, also eagled 18 to be one behind Lutterus and join New Zealander Campbell Rawson at 5-under the card, two ahead of Thailand’s Gunn Charoenkul and Josh Munn of New Zealand.
Yuxin Lin, 17, won the Asia-Pacific Amateur in Wellington, New Zealand, last Sunday to earn invitations to the 2018 Masters Tournament and The Open Championship. Lin followed that career highlight with a 68 to take a share of sixth place with four others.
The 6-foot 5-inch Lutterus—who had seven birdies and three bogeys—played all but four events on the first three years of PGA TOUR-China and said he was happy to be back at this city on the southern tip of China, having tied for fifth at the 2016 Clearwater Bay Open.
“I’ve played well at this place, and I love this course. The eagle was a little unexpected. I can’t remember my last eagle, so it was a great way to finish. It can be a very tough tee shot on 18, but the wind died down a little bit so I got lucky,” said the Adelaide-born Lutterus, who played on the PGA TOUR in 2008 and 2010 and has lived in the U.S. for seven of the last 10 years.
“It was a good day. My driving was good, and my short game was good, but my irons were terrible, actually. But if you drive it well and putt well, you’re usually going to score well,” Lutterus explained.
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