Baldwin one shot clear in China
Matthew Baldwin has maintained his positive start to life on the European Tour with a first round 65 at the Volvo China Open.
The 26-year-old has only recently qualified from the Challenge Tour, but made a promising beginning to his Tour career, finishing in the top 10 at the Africa Open, claiming 17th in Morocca as well as making the cut in both Andalucia and Sicily.
Baldwin carded a flawless round of seven-under-par to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the China Open, with a six-strong group of Joost Luiten, Gary Boyd, Scott Strange, Fredrik Andersson Hed, Jean-Baptiste Gonnet and Jbe Kruger on his coat-tails.
"It was very good today so I am happy with that," Baldwin said.
"I have been playing well for the past three events really and I am just trying to enjoy the experience of being on Tour for the first time.
"I just tried to keep everything as simple as I could. My caddie and I set out this morning with a game plan of trying to make 18 pars and take our chances when they came and it turned out to be one of those days where there were a lot of chances and I managed to take a few of them."
There are a further seven players at five-under-par including the England pair of Graeme Storm and Richard Finch, as well as Ireland's Damien McGrane, Scotland's Richie Ramsay, South African Branden Grace, Ignacio Garrido of Spain and Australian Marcus Fraser.