China specialist Levy leads in wet Shanghai

Thu Oct 30, 2014 5:20am EDT
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Frenchman Alexander Levy continued his love affair with China's golf courses by kicking off the European Tour's Final Series with a seven-under-par 65 to lead after the first round of the BMW Masters.

Levy, who won the Tour's China Open in April, fired seven birdies in a bogey-free round to lead by one at Lake Malaran from Argentine Emiliano Grillo, Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium and another Frenchman, Romain Wattel.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell also went bogey free, firing a five-under 67 to sit in fifth at the first event of the European Tour's lucrative final four of the season which offer more than $30 million in combined prize money.

But they were all short of the 24-year-old Levy, who showed some hot form on a cool, damp morning in China.

Starting on the 10th, Levy opened with four birdies before getting to five-under by sending a pinpoint iron at the 200 yard par three 17th to six feet to make the turn in 31.

Another shot was gained at the second before he completed his round by rolling in a 12-foot putt at his last for a birdie three and a 65.

It was the Frenchman's fifth straight sub par round in China after his four shot win at the Genzon Golf Club in Shenzhen.

"For me, this golf course is pretty much the same as Shenzhen. I like this type of golf course with water and the target golf," he told reporters.

"I enjoy being in China and I'm going to try my best the last few days and try to do the same things I thought of in April. I like China, that's for sure."   Continued...

Alexander Levy of France plays a shot on the third hole during the first round of the BMW Masters 2014 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song