Acciona Open de España R1

Ross McGowan fires new course record in Madrid

Open España 2021 R1
October 07-10
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Acciona Open de España R1 - Ross McGowan fires course record in Madrid
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Englishman Ross McGowan fired a course record 61 to take the opening lead of the Acciona Open de España presented by Madrid.


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“First out this morning, it was a bit chilly on the range and the first four or five holes the ball wasn’t really travelling but got away with a really good birdie on three and the par five on four as well.”

“After that it started warming up and I started finding my range with the irons, so holed a couple of putts and hit it close so went well.”


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He remained bogey-free and fired eight birdies and an eagle at the par-5 14th to reach 10-under on Thursday.

“I think a few things have clicked. Some work I have done with the coach and some of the Covid restrictions somewhat easing off, I find mentally I am in a better place, so I think it is a combination of the two.

“I always seem to putt pretty well here and last time I played quite well here too, so looking forward to tomorrow.”


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McGowan won his first European Tour title in Madrid twelve years ago but had to wait until the 2020 Italian Open for his second title and a spot in the top-150 on the Race to Dubai for the first time since 2010. His form since has been lacking, he missed 16 of his next 19 cuts, but he finished T4 on the Omega European Masters in August.

Sebastián García Rodríguez of Spain, who has missed his last nine consecutive cuts, signed for a 62 to take second place followed by compatriot Jon Rahm, aiming for a third straight victory, who lies in third place after a 63.


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Wil Besseling of the Netherlands and Scotland’s David Drysdale signed for bogey-free 64s and were joined in fourth place by Welshman Jamie Donaldson.

Scotland’s Grant Forrest fired the 31st hole-in-one in this season’s Race to Dubai with an 8-iron from 181 yards at the par-3 9th to close with a 65 and a share of seventh place alongside Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren, Frenchman Robin Sciot-Siegrist and Ryan Fox of New Zealand.


Open España 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
McGOWAN, Ross*
-10
61
2
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-9
62
3
RAHM, Jon
-8
63
4
BESSELING, Wil
-7
64
DRYSDALE, David
-7
64
DONALDSON, Jamie*
-7
64
7
LAGERGREN, Joakim
-6
65
FORREST, Grant*
-6
65
FOX, Ryan
-6
65
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-6
65
11
COCKERILL, Aaron
-5
66
HORSEY, David
-5
66
LANGASQUE, Romain*
-5
66
BJERREGAARD, Lucas*
-5
66
WU, Ashun
-5
66
SMITH, Jordan*
-5
66
TARRIO, Santiago
-5
66
GUERRIER, Julien*
-5
66
JAMIESON, Scott
-5
66
WARREN, Marc*
-5
66
21
DUBUISSON, Victor
-4
67
VAN DRIEL, Darius*
-4
67
PARATORE, Renato*
-4
67
CAMPILLO, Jorge*
-4
67
ARNAUS, Adri*
-4
67
21
CABRERA BELLO, Rafa*
-4
67
LEE, Min Woo*
-4
67
SENIOR, Jack
-4
67
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-4
67
LORENZO-VERA, Mike*
-4
67
BERTASIO, Nino
-4
67
JANEWATTANANOND, Jazz
-4
67
MOLINARI, Edoardo*
-4
67
SULLIVAN, Andy
-4
67
SYME, Connor*
-4
67
LAPORTA, Francesco*
-4
67
LARRAZÁBAL, Pablo
-4
67
ROZNER, Antoine
-4
67
SHARMA, Shubhankar
-4
67
40
MURPHY, John*
-3
68
OTAEGUI, Adrian*
-3
68
FDEZ-CASTAÑO, Gonzalo*
-3
68
PUIG, David (AM)
-3
68
LI, Haotong*
-3
68
PAVON, Matthieu
-3
68
LEMKE, Niklas*
-3
68
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-3
68
JORDAN, Matthew*
-3
68
COUPLAND, Dave*
-3
68
BROWN, Steven*
-3
68
40
GONNET, Jean-Baptiste
-3
68
52
RAMSAY, Richie
-2
69
WHITNELL, Dale
-2
69
JACQUELIN, Raphaël
-2
69
COETZEE, George
-2
69
BLAND, Richard*
-2
69
MERONK, Adrian
-2
69
FISHER, Ross
-2
69
PULKKANEN, Tapio*
-2
69
KJELDSEN, Søren*
-2
69
SCHMID, Matti
-2
69
AIKEN, Thomas*
-2
69
GAVINS, Daniel
-2
69
KORHONEN, Mikko*
-2
69
DONALD, Luke
-2
69
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-2
69
CAÑIZARES, Alejandro
-2
69
ZANOTTI, Fabrizio
-2
69
69
SANTOS, Ricardo
-1
70
ROUSSEL, Robin*
-1
70
VÄLIMÄKI, Sami*
-1
70
STALTER, Joël
-1
70
HILL, Calum*
-1
70
GAGLI, Lorenzo
-1
70
LAW, David
-1
70
GREEN, Gavin
-1
70
ELVIRA, Nacho*
-1
70
CATLIN, John*
-1
70
JOHNSTON, Andrew*
-1
70
PEPPERELL, Eddie*
-1
70
PORTEOUS, Garrick
-1
70
FICHARDT, Darren
-1
70
CROCKER, Sean
-1
70
PAISLEY, Chris*
-1
70
WIESBERGER, Bernd
-1
70
OLESEN, Thorbjørn
-1
70
KIM, Sihwan*
-1
70
88
WALTERS, Justin*
PAR
71
KAWAMURA, Masahiro*
PAR
71
DEL VAL, Samuel
PAR
71
CHESTERS, Ashley
PAR
71
STORM, Graeme
PAR
71
NIENABER, Wilco
PAR
71
QUIROS, Alvaro
PAR
71
PEREZ, Victor
PAR
71
MOSCATEL, Joel* (AM)
PAR
71
KIEFFER, Maximilian*
PAR
71
VAN TONDER, Daniel
PAR
71
SCRIVENER, Jason
PAR
71
PASTOR, Jacobo
PAR
71
88
PORTEOUS, Haydn*
PAR
71
102
WINTHER, Jeff
+1
72
LOMBARD, Zander*
+1
72
FISHER, Oliver*
+1
72
FARR, Oliver
+1
72
LEVY, Alexander
+1
72
SODERBERG, Sebastian*
+1
72
MORRISON, James*
+1
72
KARLBERG, Rikard*
+1
72
110
SANCHEZ MOLINA, Carlos
+2
73
HØJGAARD, Nicolai*
+2
73
BROBERG, Kristoffer*
+2
73
CALDWELL, Jonathan*
+2
73
HEBERT, Benjamin*
+2
73
WILSON, Oliver
+2
73
SURI, Julian*
+2
73
HEND, Scott*
+2
73
118
MIGLIOZZI, Guido*
+3
74
KINHULT, Marcus
+3
74
ANTCLIFF, Maverick
+3
74
DE LA RIVA, Eduardo*
+3
74
MCEVOY, Richard*
+3
74
BRIXI, Gordan*
+3
74
HOWELL, David*
+3
74
125
SOUTHGATE, Matthew
+4
75
HARDING, Justin*
+4
75
SHARVIN, Cormac
+4
75
ANGLES, Pep*
+4
75
BHULLAR, Gaganjeet*
+4
75
130
BUENDIA, Alfonso
+6
77
PAVAN, Andrea*
+6
77
RETD
SJÖHOLM, Joel*
+2
* Player started on the back nine