14 Mar 2021 | Queensland Open |

Leaders make early moves at #QldOpen

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Guxin Chen
Guxin Chen at the Isuzu Queensland Open.

- By Jim Tucker


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Chinese teen Guxin Chen has a unique 12-waggle pre-shot routine with his driver and a swing that throws every fibre of his 17-year-old frame at the ball.

The youngster was the big early mover in Sunday’s final round at the Isuzu Queensland Open with a birdie and an eagle on his opening four holes.

Course officials set up the fourth hole as a driveable 241m par four by putting the tee box 90m forward from the earlier rounds.

Chen took on the tantalising challenge, despite a lake all the way down the right side of the fairway, and grabbed an eagle two.

Chen, who has grooved his game at The Hills Golf Academy in Queensland, jumped from joint 19th to 7th at 10-under-par with his early assault.

The final round began with 18 players within five shots and there were some rapid changes on the leaderboard.

Queensland leader Chris Wood wildly cut his opening drive 50m right off the tee into the tree-line and was forced to take a penalty drop.

His bogey six dropped him to 14-under and only a freakishly good escape act saved another dropped shot on the par three second hole.

Wood skewed his iron off the tee into more trouble, played a fine escape shot onto the green and sunk a long putt for par.

Sydney’s Andrew Evans grabbed two early birdies to get to 15-under as the new leader but with a day of twists still to come.

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