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Sui leads by one in Shanghai******
SHANGHAI, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- Sui Xiang set the early pace at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Championship on Thursday as the Guangdong native carded a first-round score of two-under 70 for a one-stroke lead at Lanhai International Golf Club.
Liu Wenbo, the China LPGA Tour of Merit leader, was tied for second with 15-year-old amateur An Tong after both opened with a 71 at the RMB1 million tournament being played at the Yangtze Dunes course on Chongming Island. Shi Yuli, Sun Jiaze and amateur Zeng Liqi were equal third on even-par 72.
Playing on the severely undulating links-style course created by Australian design company OCCM, Sui, who was third last week in Zhuhai, kept it together in the breezy conditions to post a round that featured five birdies and three bogeys, including one at the 394-yard, par-four last.
With the tournament doubling its prize money this year and offering more world ranking points, Sui added the conditions were right for inspired golf.
"It's my first time here. I felt it was one of the toughest golf courses I played on the Tour during the practice round. Going into this round my nerves were stretched to a breaking point," said the 22-year-old who quickly calmed down to sink a 45-foot birdie putt on the 359-yard fourth hole.
"I played a solid round without any big mistakes. Luck was on my side on a couple of holes. My long game was solid. I just need to be better on chipping and putting."
Liu turned around an uneventful front nine when she made a hole-in-one at the 163-yard eighth hole after her ball found the cup with a seven-iron for her sixth career ace. She then made birdie at the next to make the turn at two-under 34. The Beijinger dropped shots at the 11th and 14th holes before posting a late birdie four at the 467-yard 17th to move into contention.
"I hit it (her hole-in-one shot) with a 3/4 swing trying to find a good spot. I didn't watch how the ball rolled into the hole. The people around the green didn't tell us what had happened. When we walked up there, we tried to locate where it was. I thought it would be over the green. It took time for us to find it in the hole. It was a funny scene," said the 20-year-old, a two-time winner on the CLPGA Tour.
"We seldom get to experience a links course. It is different from those other venues on the Tour. It is definitely a great challenge, which needs accuracy. Even without the wind, it would be tough. The wind was strong out there today."
An, currently 523rd in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, started her day on the Yangtze Dunes back nine and carded a round that featured four birdies and five bogeys through 17 holes. The teenager finished strongly when she made an eagle three at her last hole, the 500-yard ninth.
"I was in a poor form last week. Yesterday, my father (her caddie) and I spent 30 minutes talking with the headmaster of the PGA Academy on site going into this round. It changed a lot for both of us and we cooperated better," said the Tianjin native, winner of leg two of the HSBC National Junior Champions event in April.
Notable scores included Yan Panhong, the winner last week in Zhuhai, who was tied for 15th in a group of nine players on five-over 77.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Championship first round leading scores (*denotes amateur):
70 - Sui Xiang
71 - Liu Wenbo, An Tong*
72 - Shi Yuli, Sun Jiaze, Zeng Liqi*
73 - Zhang Yahui*
74 - Han Yucen, Lyu Tian
75 - Tan Lingling, Tian Qi, Wei Fang
76 - Zhang Yunjie, Lu Li
Bayern see off Benfica to progress into UEFA Champions League knockout stage******
BERLIN, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Robert Lewandowski provided a brace and paved the way for Bayern Munich's 5-2 victory over Benfica in Group E at the fourth round of Champions League's group stage on Tuesday.。
Both sides staged a lively opening period with opportunities at both ends of the pitch but the visitors from Portugal came off with a bright start as Alejandro Grimaldo sent a free-kick close in the fourth minute.。
Bayern responded immediately and forced Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos into action after Serge Gnabry unleashed a dangerous attempt on target in the sixth minute.。
The hosts were clearly in control and pressed Benfica into its territory as Leon Goretzka came close with a volley before Lewandowski headed just wide in the 11th minute.。
The visitors however remained dangerous on counterattacks and thought they had opened the scoring, but Lucas Verissimo da Silva's header was ruled offside by the video assistant referee in the 16th minute.。
Although the goal was ruled offside, Bayern increased the pressure and broke the deadlock in the 26th minute when Lewandowski benefitted on Kingsley Coman's build-up work and nodded home his 79th goal in his 100th Champions League appearance.。
Bayern gained momentum and made it two only six minutes later when Lewandowski set up for Gnabry, who made no mistake and tapped home with his backheel.。
However, the hosts continued with an unstable defense and had to swallow a goal as Benfica reduced the arrears in the 38th minute after Felipe Rodrigues Da Silva, known as Morato, headed home Grimaldo's free-kick into the area.。
Bayern then had the chance to restore its two-goal lead before the break, but Lewandowski surprisingly couldn't beat Vlachodimos from the spot following a handball penalty.。
Bayern came out with its guns blazing after the restart as Joshua Kimmich found Alphonso Davies inside the box before the defender headed into the path of Leroy Sane, who volleyed from inside the box in the 49th minute.。
The hosts continued on the front foot and Lewandowski made amends for his squandered first-half penalty after chipping Sane's lay-up over onrushing Vlachodimos from very close at the hour mark.。
Benfica was able to halve the deficit once again and capitalized on Bayern's sloppy defense as Darwin Gabriel Nunez Ribeiro finished off a counterattack following a misplaced pass from Marcel Sabitzer in the midfield in the 74th minute.。
The Bavarians weren't done with the scoring and answered ten minutes later after Lewandowski utilized a goalie kick from Neuer before lifting the ball past hapless Vlachodimos to wrap up his hat-trick.。
With the result, Group E front runners Bayern book its berth in the round of the last 16 ahead of schedule meanwhile Benfica slip to third place in the table.。
"It was an entertaining performance by my team. Of course, we conceded two goals, but we still dominated and staged an emphatic performance over 90 minutes," Bayern head coach Julian Nagelsmann said. Enditem。