Friday, November 15, 2013


Paul Wesselingh’s opening score of three under par 69 at the Fubon Senior Open in Taiwan has given the Englishman a fantastic opportunity to be crowned the European Senior Tour’s Number One player of 2013.
Weselingh is currently second on the Order of Merit, some €9,932 behind Number One Steen Tinning of Denmark at this, the penultimate event of the season. 
But the Englishman’s excellent opening score – which places him second on the leaderboard alongside countryman Bob Cameron and one behind André Bossert of Switzerland – saw him establish a five stroke advantage over Tinning, who posted a first round of two over par 74.
With €60,000 on offer to the winner of the Fubon Senior Open, Wesselingh is hoping to close the gap or preferably overtake Tinning at the top of the Order of Merit before the John Jacobs Trophy is decided at next month’s MCB Tour Championship. 
“It’s certainly an exciting finish to the season and I am absolutely loving it,” said Wesselingh, who holed out from over 50 yards for a brilliant eagle three in gusting, swirling winds at the Miramar Golf and Country Club in Taipei.
“There is a long way to go this weekend, but it is a great start for me, especially as Steen could only manage two over today. It was very tough out there but I played well and putted great and managed to put a great score together.” 
Bossert was the only man to better Wesselingh as the Swiss, who is making his Senior Tour debut this week, stole four birdies in the testing conditions to make a dream start to his new career.
Lu Wen The of Taiwan is in fourth spot on two under, while Simon P Brown is joined one under by England’s Paul Eales, Scot Alan Saddington and Taiwan’s Wang Ter Chang.
Brown is another man who could still be crowned Number One for the year. Currently fourth on the Order of Merit and some €45,386 behind Tinning, he, like Wesselingh, is looking for a big weekend to chase down the ultimate prize.
Par 72
68 A Bossert (Sui);
69 B Cameron (Eng); P Wesselingh (Eng);
70 W Lu (Tpe)
71 T Wang (Tpe); A Saddington (Sco); S Brown (Eng); P Eales (Eng)
72 C Chan (Tpe); C Hsieh (Tpe); G Wolstenholme (Eng); W Grant (Eng); D Ishii (USA); P Jonas (Can)
73 S Cipa (Eng); C Yeh (Tpe); G Manson (Aut); M Cunning (USA); K Tomori (Jpn); C Williams (Eng); G Bell (Eng); G Banister (Aus); N Job (Eng); T Thelen (USA); H Buhrmann (RSA); M Kuramoto (Jpn); T Chen (Tpe); S Taylor (USA)
74 J Sallat (Fra); J Lin (Tpe); B Ruangkit (Tha); C Tseng (Tpe); J Bruner (USA); A Franco (Par); R Gibson (Can); S Tinning (Den); J Carriles (Esp); L Carbonetti (Arg)
75 J Gould (Eng); T Price (Aus); S Van Vuuren (RSA); H Chang (Tpe); G Ryall (Eng); T Chen (Tpe); T Lin (Tpe); B Lincoln (RSA); M Deboub (Alg); B Hardwick (Can); W Liu (am) (Tpe)
76 N Mitchell (Eng); D O'Sullivan (Irl); B Stormon (USA); M Belsham (Eng); M Harwood (Aus); J Harrison (Eng); G Norquist (USA); A Sherborne (Eng); B Longmuir (Sco); W Li (Tpe); R Drummond (Sco); L Chen (Tpe); J Kim (Kor); C Lu (Tpe);
77 T Hsu (Tpe); M Chang (Tpe); J Chen (Tpe); C Yu (Tpe); J Lindberg  (Swe); C Chung (Tpe); M McLean (Eng);
78 B Wu (Tpe); J Chen (Tpe); L Chang (Tpe); A Murray (Eng); T Chen (Tpe); M Hsieh (Tpe); W Wang (am) (Tpe)
79 S McNally (Eng); J Laforce (Can); C Chen (Tpe); C Chen (Tpe); S McAllister (Sco); G Emerson (Eng); T Gale (Aus);
80 Y Chuang (Tpe); K Chang (Tpe); M Bright (RSA); S Liao (Tpe)
81 S Hsu (Tpe); R Sabarros (Fra)
82 W Chan (Tpe); C Chang (Tpe)
83 D James (Sco); C Shen (Tpe)
84 C Chen (Tpe); M Chin (Tpe);
85 F Huang (Tpe)
86 C Chen (Tpe)




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