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Zhou’s Thursday: A big score and a broken club


Zhou Xunshu will be fighting for his life on Friday after shooting a disappointing 8-over 80 Thursday in the opening round of the Sofitel Zhongshan IGC Open in Nanjing, the second stop on the 2009 China Tour. Zhou will need to play extremely well in the second round if he hopes to make the cut in the tournament, which with 144 players boasts the largest, and arguably the strongest, field in the tour’s five-year history.

Playing in gusty winds Thursday, Zhou bogeyed three of the first five holes. After birdieing the par-5 7th, Zhou blew up for a 4-over 7 on No. 8, wasting a handful of strokes trying to get out of a bunker. Zhou settled down after that, and was playing 1-under on the back nine until finishing bogey, double bogey. On the final hole he hit his drive into the trees. On the following shot, he struck a tree with his club, splitting his 6-iron in half. He spent the better part of the afternoon in downtown Nanjing trying to find a replacement iron.

Zhou tees off at 11:50 am Friday. Follow live scoring here. More updates here.





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