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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2007, 11:57 GMT 12:57 UK
Huang and Jacquelin lead in China
Raphael Jacquelin
Jacquelin finished second at the Portuguese Open earlier this month

R1 LEADERBOARD:
(GB & Ire unless stated)
-3 Ming Jie Huang (Chn), R Jacquelin (Fr)
-2 G Rusnak (US)
-1 R Lee (NZ), RJ Derksen (Ned), Y Ali, G McDowell, C Hanell (Swe), U Park (Aus), Z-F Qiu (Tpe), T Bjorn (Den), M Jonzon (Swe), R Sterne (SA), A Blyth (Aus)
Selected others:
Level D McGrane, G Houston

Frenchman Raphael Jacquelin and local hope Ming Jie Huang carded first-round 68s to take a one-shot lead after a tricky opening day at the China Open.

Huang recovered from three bogeys in his first three holes in windy conditions at the Shanghai Silport Golf Club to join Jacquelin on three under.

Gary Rusnak carded two birdies in his last four holes to finish on two under.

England's Yasin Ali, Dane Thomas Bjorn and Graeme McDowell from Northern Ireland are in a group on one under.

"It was a grind and you just had to settle for pars and take the few opportunities when they came up," said Bjorn.

"You are certainly going to make bogeys the way the course is set up with very narrow fairways and severe rough."

Jacquelin, who finished second at the Portuguese Open earlier this month, was out in 32 after three birdies and had two birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.

"I said to my caddie anything around par would be a good score," he said.

"I knew I was going to chip and putt all day long and just had to try and save par on every hole."

Ireland's Damien McGrane had a bogey at the last to leave him on even par together with Welshman Garry Houston.

Mark Pilkington is also in the hunt after a 72 put him in the same group as English duo Gary Emerson and David Griffith and Irishman Peter Lawrie.

England's Simon Dyson was forced to withdraw after eight holes at two over par after suffering the effects of food poisoning.

Reigning champion Jeev Milkha Singh is not defending his title, having elected to stay in the United States following his debut at the Masters last week.



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