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Matthew Baldwin leads China Open

Updated: April 19, 2012, 10:33 AM ET
Associated Press

TIANJIN, China -- Matthew Baldwin of England took advantage of calm early conditions to shoot a 7-under 65 Thursday and lead the China Open by one stroke after the first round.

Baldwin, who graduated from Europe's second-tier Challenge Tour last year, said he was also helped by the tee and flag placements.

"The conditions were a lot calmer when I played then when we played a practice round early in the week," he said. "Then, I thought shooting four 72s around this course would be ...

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