Duangdecha leads Hong Kong Open by 1 stroke


HONG KONG (AP)—Udorn Duangdecha shot an 8-under 62 behind 10 birdies Thursdayto lead Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands by one stroke after the firstround of the Hong Kong Open.

The little-known Thai also had two bogeys at the Hong Kong Golf Club.

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Defending champion Lin Wen-tang (64) was two strokes behind, tied for thirdwith Gregory Bourdy , David Dixon and Thongchai Jaidee , the current Asian TourOrder of Merit leader.

Eyeing the European Tour money title, Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy bothshot 66. The duo are the top two money winners in the Race to Dubai, and theHong Kong Open is the penultimate tournament before the season-ending event inthe United Arab Emirates next week, which has a $7.5 million bonus prize pool.

They are tied with 11 others at 4 under, including PGA Championship winnerY.E. Yang and 1998 British Open and Masters champion Mark O’Meara .

Oliver Wilson (70) had three birdies but double-bogeyed the 18th. IanPoulter (68) was tied for 40th and Colin Montgomerie (69) was tied for 65th.