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Hong Kong Open 2012: Day 1 Leaderboard Analysis, Recap and More
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Tournament favorite Rory McIlroy got off to an unimpressive start at the 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open, falling nine strokes behind newcomer Javier Colomo on Thursday.

It started out bad for the Northern Irish star; he bogeyed his first hole and couldn’t get in sync after on his way to an opening round three-over-par 73. Colomo’s career-best 64 gave him sole control of the leaderboard after Day 1.

Colomo’s countryman Miguel Angel Jiminez, 48, also won the tournament in 2008 by becoming the oldest to ever win at Hong Kong. A win in 2012 would give him the distinction of being the oldest player to ever win a tournament on the European Tour, according to an AP report (via KitsapSun.com).

He currently sits at second place after the first round of play.

 

Leaderboard

*Full results available on EuropeanTour.com.

Pos. Player Country Score
1 Javier Colomo ESP -6
T2 Andrew Dodt AUS -5
T2 Miguel Angel Jimenez ESP -5
T4 Fredrick Andersson Hed SWE -4
T4 Lorenzo Gagli ITA -4
T4 Jose Maria Olazabal ESP -4
T4 Y.E. Yang KOR -4
T4 Zhang Lian-Wei CHN -4
T9 Gregory Bourdy FRA -3
T9 Michael Campbell NZL -3
T9 Marcus Fraser AUS -3
T9 David Horsey ENG -3
T9 Simon Khan ENG -3
T9 Mardan Mamat SIN -3
T9 Mattaeo Manassero ITA -3
T9 Joel Sjoholm CHI -3

 

Analysis

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Leader Javier Colomo and his caddy.

The world’s No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy didn’t play like himself in the first round of action at Hong Kong. McIlroy was bad enough to put himself into a position to have to fight his way into contention in order to avoid elimination after Day 2 of the action.

He blamed fatigue to attribute for this poor start.

“I felt a bit lethargic - mentally, more than physically if I’m being honest,” McIlroy said, according to Kelly Tilghman, a Golf Channel reporter (via Twitter).

McIlroy’s poor play has opened up the top of the leaderboard to several journeymen and some newcomers as well. Spaniards Javi Colomo and Miguel Angel Jimenez joined Andrew Dodt of Australia to round out the Top 3.

If McIlroy, the defending champion and tournament favorite, can’t make a late surge, the title is surely anyone’s to win.

 

Round 2 Tee Times (via UBSHongKongOpen.com)

Game Time Tee Player Country
37 11:30 11 Edward RICHARDSON (AM) ENG
37 11:30 11 Tim STEWART AUS
37 11:30 11 Andrew MARSHALL ENG
 
38 11:40 11 Kalle SAMOOJA FIN
38 11:40 11 Jason KNUTZON USA
38 11:40 11 Felipe AGUILAR CHI
 
39 11:50 11 MO Joong-kyung KOR
39 11:50 11 Ross BAIN SCO
39 11:50 11 Victor DUBUISSON FRA
 
40 12:00 11 Anthony WALL ENG
40 12:00 11 David GLEESON AUS
40 12:00 11 Mark FOSTER ENG
 
41 12:10 11 Chiragh KUMAR IND
41 12:10 11 Adam GROOM AUS
41 12:10 11 Robert COLES ENG
 
42 12:20 11 Zaw MOE MYA
42 12:20 11 LIN Wen-tang TPE
42 12:20 11 James MORRISON ENG
 
43 12:30 11 Chih-Bing LAM SIN
43 12:30 11 Guido VAN DER VALK NED
43 12:30 11 Steve WEBSTER ENG
 
44 12:40 11 Scott JAMIESON SCO
44 12:40 11 Brett RUMFORD AUS
44 12:40 11 Panuphol PITTAYARAT THA
 
45 12:50 11 Alejandro CAСIZARES ESP
45 12:50 11 Mars PUCAY PHI
45 12:50 11 Daisuke KATAOKA JPN
 
46 13:00 11 BAEK Seuk-hyun KOR
46 13:00 11 ThanyakornKHRONGPHA THA
46 13:00 11 Kwanchai TANNIN THA
 
47 13:10 11 Phillip PRICE WAL
47 13:10 11 Gary BOYD ENG
47 13:10 11 James STEWART HKG
 
48 13:20 11 Steven LAM (AM) HKG
48 13:20 11 Jordan GIBB ENG
48 13:20 11 Jimmy KO HKG
 
25 11:20 1 Michael CAMPBELL NZL
25 11:20 1 Digvijay SINGH IND
25 11:20 1 LEE Sung KOR
 
26 11:30 1 Chris WOOD ENG
26 11:30 1 Joel SJЦHOLM SWE
26 11:30 1 Arnond VONGVANIJ THA
 
27 11:40 1 Juvic PAGUNSAN PHI
27 11:40 1 Colin MONTGOMERIE SCO
27 11:40 1 Thaworn WIRATCHANT THA
 
28 11:50 1 Paul CASEY ENG
28 11:50 1 ZHANG Lian-wei CHN
28 11:50 1 Adilson DA SILVA BRA
 
29 12:00 1 Padraig HARRINGTON IRL
29 12:00 1 Simon DYSON ENG
29 12:00 1 Thongchai JAIDEE THA
 
30 12:10 1 John DALY USA
30 12:10 1 Miguel Angel JIMЙNEZ ESP
30 12:10 1 Josй Marнa OLAZБBAL ESP
 
31 12:20 1 Shiv KAPUR IND
31 12:20 1 Fredrik ANDERSSONHED SWE
31 12:20 1 Scott BARR AUS
 
32 12:30 1 Lee SLATTERY ENG
32 12:30 1 Raphaлl JACQUELIN FRA
32 12:30 1 CHAN Yih-shin TPE
 
33 12:40 1 Grйgory BOURDY FRA
33 12:40 1 Richard FINCH ENG
33 12:40 1 Adam BLYTH AUS
 
34 12:50 1 LU Wen-teh TPE
34 12:50 1 Peter HEDBLOM SWE
34 12:50 1 Mardan MAMAT SIN
 
35 13:00 1 LEE In-Woo KOR
35 13:00 1 Grйgory HAVRET FRA
35 13:00 1 Kristoffer BROBERG SWE
 
36 13:10 1 Wade ORMSBY AUS
36 13:10 1 TANG Timothy HKG
36 13:10 1 Rhys DAVIES WAL
 
13 7:00 11 Alex CEJKA GER
13 7:00 11 Unho PARK AUS
13 7:00 11 S.S.P CHOWRASIA IND
 
14 7:10 11 Marcus FRASER AUS
14 7:10 11 ChinnaratPHADUNGSIL THA
14 7:10 11 Tom LEWIS ENG
 
15 7:20 11 Thomas LEVET FRA
15 7:20 11 Angelo QUE PHI
15 7:20 11 Scott HEND AUS
 
16 7:30 11 Y. E. YANG KOR
16 7:30 11 Gaganjeet BHULLAR IND
16 7:30 11 Paul LAWRIE SCO
 
17 7:40 11 LIANG Wenchong CHN
17 7:40 11 Rory MCILROY NIR
17 7:40 11 Matteo MANASSERO ITA
 
18 7:50 11 Pablo LARRAZБBAL ESP
18 7:50 11 Matt KUCHAR USA
18 7:50 11 Anders HANSEN DEN
 
19 8:00 11 Simon KHAN ENG
19 8:00 11 ren KJELDSEN DEN
19 8:00 11 Prom MEESAWAT THA
 
20 8:10 11 David HORSEY ENG
20 8:10 11 TSAI Chi-huang TPE
20 8:10 11 Ricardo SANTOS POR
 
21 8:20 11 Julien QUESNE FRA
21 8:20 11 Josй Manuel LARA ESP
21 8:20 11 Thammanoon SRIROJ THA
 
22 8:30 11 Richard BLAND ENG
22 8:30 11 Carlos DEL MORAL ESP
22 8:30 11 KiradechAPHIBARNRAT THA
 
23 8:40 11 Joonas GRANBERG FIN
23 8:40 11 Andrew PARR CAN
23 8:40 11 Jaakko MAKITALO FIN
 
24 8:50 11 Ben PARKER ENG
24 8:50 11 WONG Woon Man HKG
24 8:50 11 Ben FOX USA
 
1 6:50 1 Nils FLOREN SWE
1 6:50 1 Panuwat MUENLEK THA
1 6:50 1 Miguel TABUENA PHI
 
2 7:00 1 Christian NILSSON SWE
2 7:00 1 Ignacio GARRIDO ESP
2 7:00 1 Antonio LASCUNA PHI
 
3 7:10 1 Niall TURNER IRL
3 7:10 1 Bradley DREDGE WAL
3 7:10 1 PariyaJUNHASAVASDIKUL THA
 
4 7:20 1 Jean-Baptiste GONNET FRA
4 7:20 1 Oliver WILSON ENG
4 7:20 1 Javier COLOMO ESP
 
5 7:30 1 Elmer SALVADOR PHI
5 7:30 1 Johan EDFORS SWE
5 7:30 1 Lorenzo GAGLI ITA
 
6 7:40 1 Tjaart VAN DER WALT RSA
6 7:40 1 Rick KULACZ AUS
6 7:40 1 Peter LAWRIE IRL
 
7 7:50 1 David HOWELL ENG
7 7:50 1 ThitiphunCHUAYPRAKONG THA
7 7:50 1 Darren BECK AUS
 
8 8:00 1 Andrew DODT AUS
8 8:00 1 Berry HENSON USA
8 8:00 1 Danny CHIA MAS
 
9 8:10 1 Mikko ILONEN FIN
9 8:10 1 Stephen GALLACHER SCO
9 8:10 1 NamchokTANTIPOKHAKUL THA
 
10 8:20 1 Kenneth FERRIE ENG
10 8:20 1 Jyoti RANDHAWA IND
10 8:20 1 Anthony KANG USA
 
11 8:30 1 Matthew ZIONS AUS
11 8:30 1 Andrew MCGREGOR SCO
11 8:30 1 KIM Gi-whan KOR
 
12 8:40 1 Himmat RAI IND
12 8:40 1 Wilson CHOY HKG
12 8:40 1 Scott STRANGE AUS

 

Prediction

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Javier Colomo, 28, is playing inspired golf after losing his European Tour card earlier this season. He's got the most to lose and is playing some great golf as displayed by his career-best opening round of 64.

Despite a hot swing and plenty of motivation, compatriot, tour veteran and elder by 20 years, Jimenez is going to be the Spaniard that comes away with the $2 million purse when the weekend's play has ended.

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