Golf: four Italians at Volvo China Open

Bjork defending title

Redazione ANSA Rome

(ANSA) - Rome, May 3 - Renato Paratore, Andrea Pavan, Guido Migliozzi and Nino Bertasio are the four Italians taking part in the 25th edition of the Volvo China Open, the European Tour tournament taking place in Shenzhen up to May 5.
    Jorge Campillo, David Lipsky and Tapio Pulkkanen will share a one shot lead heading into day two Friday after firing rounds of 65 on Thursday at the Genzon Golf Club.
    All eyes are also on Haotong Li, a star of the event. The 23-year-old Hunan native, who is number 39 in the official world golf ranking, is chasing the third success of his career on the top continental circuit.
    On the green of the Genzon GC, Alexander Bjork is defending the title conquered in 2018.
    The tournament's outcome is hard to predict given the absence of a number of top world players.
    American golfers Julian Suri and Kurt Kitayama, as well as Li, are considered strong contenders for the title.
    Leading players at the tournament include France's Mike Lorenzo-Vera and Alexander Levy (winner of the 2014 editions 2017), South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen and Spain's Nacho Elvira and Jorge Campillo, who has just won the Trophèe Hassan II in Morocco.
    Britain's Jordan Smith, Ross Fisher and Aaron Rai, as well as Thailand's Jazz Janewattananond and China's Wu Ashun are also players to watch.