Abdul Hadi / PGA TOUR Series-China / Zhuang Liu

First-Round Leaderboard

Global Qualifying Tournament No. 1—Guangzhou, China

Pos.

Name

Scores

1

Abdul Hadi (Singapore)*

33-32—65 (-5)

T2

Kenta Endo (JPN)*

34-32—66 (-4)

T2

Bradley Jay Gehl II (U.S.)

32-34—66 (-4)

T4

Suteepat Prateeptienchai (Thailand)*

32-35—67 (-3)

T4

Sam An (New Zealand)*

34-33—67 (-3)

T4

Adam Blyth (Australia)*

35-32—67 (-3)

T4

Taeyoung Kang (South Korea)*

35-32—67 (-3)

T8

Douglas Quinones (U.S.)

35-33—68 (-2)

T8

Lexus Keoninh (U.S.)

34-34—68 (-2)

T8

Suzuchiyo Ishida (JPN)

37-31—68 (-2)

T8

Otawa Keisuke (JPN)*

35-33—68 (-2)

Singapore’s Abdul Hadi fired a 5-under 65 to take a one-shot lead after the opening round at this week’s PGA TOUR Series-China’s Global Qualifying Tournament. The 72-hole tournament is the first of three international qualifying tournaments that will help determine 2019 membership.

Only the winner this week will earn full 2019 membership while finishers 2-12 will earn status through the first six events and finishers 13-35 and ties will be conditionally exempt through the first six events. The top-five on this year’s Order of Merit will earn a place on the 2019 Web.com Tour, the path to the PGA TOUR.

 

 

PGA TOUR Series-China / Zhuang Liu

Hadi only turned professional last October but the young 23-year-old held his own today and was not afraid to swing for the fences despite playing on a wet and narrow course at Foison Golf Club.  

“On the front-nine, some drives are quite tricky, visually a little intimidating but I was swinging the driver well so I swung with more confidence,” said Hadi. “I’m really happy with the way I played. I rolled the ball very well on the greens, didn’t miss that many greens and rolled in a few putts.”

Hadi was one of Singapore’s top amateurs, along with good friends Jesse Yap (73) and Joshua Shou (75), who both played on the Tour last year and are among six total Singaporeans in the field this week hoping to earn status for 2019.

Judging by his performance, Hadi, who teed off on 10, appeared comfortable from the start carding two birdies on holes 12 and 13 to make the turn at 2-under. He then added birdies on holes 1 and 3, before carding his only bogey of the day on hole 7 but recovered nicely.

“I stiffed it on the last two holes from about the same distance. It was about 140 yards and I tapped it in on both 8 and 9 so it was a great way to finish,” said Hadi, who hopes all the Singaporeans can do well this week. “In Singapore, I play with these guys every week. Singapore is a really small country and we practice in the same place so I hope we can all play well the next three days.”

Bradley Gehl / PGA TOUR Series-China / Zhuang Liu

Hadi currently lies one-shot ahead of American Bradley Gehl and Japan’s Kenta Endo, while four players are in a tie for fourth at 3-under heading into Wednesday.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Gehl has played the last four seasons on the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica but is hoping to mix it up this year after hearing good things about the courses from our all-time money leader Charlie Saxon, who is now on the Web.com Tour.

“I have full status on Latinoamerica but I really want to try out here this year. Obviously Charlie [Saxon] is a good friend of mine and he told me about the golf and said I would love it, and it would be a perfect fit for me and I think he’s right.”