France’s Cevaer leads China Open after first round


BEIJING (AP) – Christian Cevaer of France shot a 6-under-par 66 Thursday for a one-stroke lead over six players after the first round of the China Open.

Englishmen Simon Wakefield, Simon Dyson and Ross Fisher were at 67, as were Jose Filipe Lima of Portugal, Peter Hanson of Sweden and Gonzalo Fernandz-Castano of Spain.

Cevaer enjoyed a bogey-free round at Beijing Honghua International Golf Club in a tournament sanctioned by the European and Asian tours .

“I just swung it beautifully and felt great,” he said.

India’s Rahil Gangjee, Australia’s Jarrod Lyle and England’s Miles Tunnicliff and David Lynn were at 68.

Paul Casey of England, who won the tournament last year in a playoff, shot 71. Henrik Stenson of Sweden, who at No. 13 is the highest-ranked player in the field, was at 73.

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