Wilson in share of clubhouse lead

England’s Oliver Wilson continued his recent good form to card a four-under-par 68 and take a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the opening round of the BMW Asian Open.

England’s Oliver Wilson continued his recent good form to card a four-under-par 68 and take a share of the clubhouse lead midway through the opening round of the BMW Asian Open.

The 27-year-old from Mansfield finished joint second at the Volvo China Open last week and carried on where he left off to join Henrik Stenson, Jeev Milkha Singh and Mikko Ilonen at the top of the leaderboard.

Starting on the back nine at the Shanghai Pudong Golf Club, Wilson carded birdies on the par-four 11th and par-five 15th to reach the turn at two-under.

He then added three more birdies and was only denied taking sole leadership when he dropped a shot on his last hole.

Stenson, the top-ranked player at the tournament, stormed up the leaderboard with four birdies in his first seven holes before bogeying the par-four 17th - his eighth hole.

The Swede then bogeyed the third but finished strongly with birdies on the fifth and par-five ninth.

Singh joined Wilson and Stenson at the top of the leaderboard after carding five birdies and just one bogey while an eagle on the par-four seventh – his 16th – ensured Ilonen finished among the early pacesetters.

Elsewhere, Paul Broadhurst endured a disappointing end to a promising round as bogeys on two of his last three holes saw him drop to one-under.

The 42-year-old from Walsall had reached the turn at three under after an impressive run of three successive birdies from the 11th – his second – and, though he made a bogey-five at the par-four 16th, he recovered with a birdie on the next hole.

But Broadhurst struggled coming home, carding three bogeys and one birdie to drop three strokes behind the leaders.

Defending champion Raphael Jacquelin made a bad start as he double bogeyed the first but 2006 Ryder Cup star Darren Clarke made a birdie three on the same hole and was one under after two holes.

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