Volvo China Open '24 starts with two leaders

The Italian contingent has made a strong start at the Volvo China Open. In Shenzen, after the first round of the DP World Tour event, four Italians are among the top 30 on the leaderboard

by Andrea Gussoni
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Volvo China Open '24 starts with two leaders
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The Italian contingent has made a strong start at the Volvo China Open. In Shenzen, after the first round of the DP World Tour event, four Italians are among the top 30 on the leaderboard. On the course at Hidden Grace Golf Club (par 72), Guido Migliozzi sits in 4th place with a score of 65 (-7), trailing the joint leaders, Frenchman Romain Langasque and Swede Sebastian Soderberg, who both carded 63 (-9).

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Migliozzi, from Vicenza, recorded eight birdies and a bogey, closely followed by Filippo Celli from Rome, who sits in 7th place with 66 (-6) after a bogey-free round featuring six birdies. Turin native Edoardo Molinari also had a positive start, sitting in 23rd place with 68 (-4), ahead of Andrea Pavan in 30th place with 69 (-3).

Further down the leaderboard, we find Lorenzo Scalise in 50th place with 70 (-2), and Renato Paratore in 73rd place with 71 (-1). Matteo Manassero, on the other hand, needs to pick up the pace to avoid missing the cut for the second consecutive time.

The Venetian finds himself in 93rd place with an even-par round of 72, alongside Francesco Laporta from Puglia. Meanwhile, in China, local favorite Haotong Li, winner of the competition in 2016 and runner-up in 2021, has started the tournament strongly.

The 28-year-old from Hunan is in 3rd place with 64 (-8), just one shot behind the joint leaders. Langasque and Soderberg had an impressive start with nine birdies each. However, defending champion Sarit Suwannarut from Thailand, who won the title in 2023 when the event was part of the China Tour, finds himself in 50th place with 70 (-2).

The Volvo China Open, now in its 27th edition, offers a prize purse of $2,250,000, with $382,500 going to the winner. The European Tour was established by the Professional Golfers' Association, headquartered in England, and its management responsibility was transferred to the independent organization PGA European Tour in 1984.

While the majority of the tournaments on the three tours of the European Tour take place in Europe, in recent years, an increasing number of tournaments have been organized in other parts of the world. The PGA European Tour is an organization controlled by players, whose main purpose is to maximize the financial earnings of professional players participating in the tournaments.

It is a limited liability company managed by professionals but controlled by players through a board consisting of 12 members elected from present and past players, and a committee overseeing tournaments of 14 active players.

Since 2007, Neil Coles has served as the chairman of the board, while Thomas Bjørn has been the chairman of the committee. Most tournaments are played in Western Europe, with the most lucrative ones taking place in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, and Spain.

Only one tournament is held in Eastern Europe beyond the former Iron Curtain, which is the Russian Open. Additionally, the PGA European Tour also organizes the Ryder Cup in collaboration with the PGA of America.

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