Shanghai:There were excellent playing conditions for the first round of the Asian Open in Shanghai, China, on Thursday.
The young Chinese amateur Mu Hu started from the tenth. He was out in 34 but had a triple bogey seven at the fourth and came back in 39 for a 73.
Wen-chong Liang had this for a par at the par-five ninth - a remarkable par save for a round of 72.
The defending champion, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, here with his third to the second, was out in 36 from the tenth.
This was his only birdie coming home for a round of 73. Work to be done if he's to successfully defend.
Paul Casey's second into the 18th. A round distinguished by just one birdie and one bogey for a level par 72. He missed that birdie putt at the last and was one-over for the par-fives, unusually for him.
Ernie Els's birdie attempt at the 18th. He was out in two-under but started back five-five, bogey-bogey at ten and 11 and finished up one-under as did Retief Goosen, who had this for a par at the ninth.
Goosen got out in two-under 34 but had one bogey coming back in 37 for his 71.
Colin Montgomerie - this for birdie at the sixth; coming home in 34, having gone out in 35, a 69 for him, looking to go one better than last year when he was just outside the play-off.
Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen had a tremendous round, here with his third to the 13th. Sadly, he finished with a bogey-five, his only dropped shot of the day for a 67.
That's one behind Raphael Jacquelin - here with a birdie at the eighth - who had the best round of the day. The Frenchman leads with 66, six-under-par.