Horne’s 9-under takes round 1 lead in China

Keith Horne came back on Friday after the first round of the Volvo China Open was not completed, and finished off a superlative nine-under-par 63 to take a one-stroke lead.

He started in a huge rush, reeling off four consecutive birdies in the opening four holes of Luxehills International Country Club in Chengdu, and he made one more at the seventh to turn in 31.

He reached the 14th with his seventh birdie before play was called off for the day with Korea’s Han Chang-won in the lead in the clubhouse at eight-under 64.

Horne closed out on Friday morning with birdies on 15 and 18, and went out almost immediately to start his second round.

Jbe’ Kruger had a solid start to the tournament with his opening three-under 69, while James Kingston carded two-under 70 in the first round.

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