European Tour

Andalucia Valderrama Masters 2018

October 18-21

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

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October 18-21

Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain

€2,000,000

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Round 1

Chesters storms ahead in Valderrama

October 21, 2018

Ashley Chesters finished his opening round with a flourish to open up a one-stroke lead on the weather-disrupted opening day of the Andalucía Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Chesters storms ahead in Valderrama, © Getty Images

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“It's a shame I can't keep going, because the last few holes were the best I played all day. Considering all the delays and everything I'm very happy with five under, and it was nice to finish like that."

“This is not a long-hitters course and I'm not one of those, so it does suit my game because you just put it into position off the tee and the greens are tight – the greens are great as well."

The 28 year old Englishman fired back-to-back birdies at the 17th and 18th holes to record a five under par round of 66 and claim the clubhouse lead on a day when over four hours were lost because of bad weather.

“The forecast for the rest of the week is not very good either so I thought - I'll just make as many birdies as I can and get in.”

Stormy conditions caused problems throughout the day on Thursday, with all tee times pushed back by two hours before play had even started as inclement weather and lightning hit Real Club Valderrama in the morning.

Grégory Bourdy of France, who needs a strong finish this week to jump up the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex from his current position of 179th, is Chesters' nearest challenger on four under par after he took advantage of all three par-fives on his way to a bogey-free round of 67.

“It was a funny day, a very long day, but I really played very solid all day long. It was hard to restart on 14, but after a great par on 14 I had a solid finish."

“I can be only happy with minus four on this course. Actually, my putter was on fire, and it's easier when you putt great to make no bogeys."

“It was a great day and I'll try to keep going like this. I knew that my game was in place for the last few months, though I didn't score, but I kept quite calm and stayed confident and I'm starting well this week, so I'll try to keep enjoying the week.”

Defending champion and tournament host Sergio Garcia is once shot further back on three under par alongside Australian Jason Scrivener and fellow Spaniards Alvaro Quiros and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño who are amongst 60 players who will return to complete round one when play resumes at 9 am on Friday.

“It was a long day, but it was a good day," said Garcia. "We played hard, it's a tough course no matter the conditions and I was pleased to be able to finish three under. Every time you shoot under par on this golf course is always a great thing, so I'm happy about that."

“Every time we play in Spain the support we get is amazing and this week is no different, so I'm always thankful for that. To be here in my favourite golf course where I am a member since last year is great fun.”

South African Darren Fichardt, Shane Lowry of Ireland and Scot Richie Ramsay are amongst a group of nine players currently in a tie for seventh place on two under par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
1
Ashley Chesters
ENG
18
-5
66
2
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
18
-4
67
T3
Jason Scrivener
AUS
18
-3
68
T3
Sergio Garcia
ESP
18
-3
68
T3
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
8
-3
-
T3
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
6
-3
-
T7
Darren Fichardt
RSA
18
-2
69
T7
Jason Norris
AUS
18
-2
69
T7
Jorge Campillo
ESP
18
-2
69
T7
Matthew Nixon
ENG
18
-2
69
T7
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
18
-2
69
T7
Richie Ramsay
SCO
18
-2
69
T7
Shane Lowry
IRL
18
-2
69
T7
Richard McEvoy
ENG
8
-2
-
T7
Pontus Widegren
SWE
6
-2
-
T16
Nino Bertasio
ITA
18
-1
70
T16
Rak Cho
KOR
18
-1
70
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
6
-1
-
T16
Laurie Canter
ENG
6
-1
-
T16
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
-1
-
T16
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
6
-1
-
T16
Richard Bland
ENG
5
-1
-
T16
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
-1
-
T16
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
-1
-
T16
Max Albertus
NED
2
-1
-
T16
Oliver Farr
WAL
2
-1
-
T27
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
18
Par
71
T27
Lasse Jensen
DNK
18
Par
71
T27
Lee Westwood
ENG
18
Par
71
T27
Marcus Fraser
AUS
18
Par
71
T27
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
18
Par
71
T27
Oliver Fisher
ENG
18
Par
71
T27
Pedro Oriol
ESP
18
Par
71
T27
Pep Angles
ESP
18
Par
71
T27
Robert Rock
ENG
18
Par
71
T27
Sebastian Heisele
GER
18
Par
71
T27
Aaron Rai
ENG
8
Par
-
T27
Andrew Johnston
ENG
8
Par
-
T27
Justin Walters
RSA
8
Par
-
T27
Marc Warren
SCO
8
Par
-
T27
Padraig Harrington
IRL
8
Par
-
T27
Samuel Del Val
ESP
8
Par
-
T27
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
Par
-
T27
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
Par
-
T27
Chase Koepka
USA
4
Par
-
T27
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
4
Par
-
T27
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
4
Par
-
T27
Paul Peterson
USA
4
Par
-
T27
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
Par
-
T27
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
Par
-
T27
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
3
Par
-
T27
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
Par
-
T27
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
Par
-
T27
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
Par
-
T27
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
Par
-
T27
James Morrison
ENG
2
Par
-
T27
Pelle Edberg
SWE
2
Par
-
T58
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
18
1
72
T58
Carlos Pigem
ESP
18
1
72
T58
David Drysdale
SCO
18
1
72
T58
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
18
1
72
T58
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
18
1
72
T58
Lee Slattery
ENG
18
1
72
T58
Paul Waring
ENG
18
1
72
T58
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
18
1
72
T58
Wade Ormsby
AUS
18
1
72
T58
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
9
1
-
T58
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
9
1
-
T58
Thomas Aiken
RSA
9
1
-
T58
Florian Fritsch
GER
8
1
-
T58
Adam Bland
AUS
7
1
-
T58
Josh Geary
NZL
7
1
-
T58
Steven Brown
ENG
7
1
-
T58
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
6
1
-
T58
Julien Guerrier
FRA
6
1
-
T58
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
4
1
-
T58
David Howell
ENG
4
1
-
T58
Richard Sterne
RSA
4
1
-
T58
Scott Hend
AUS
4
1
-
T58
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
1
-
T58
Frederik Dreier
DEN
3
1
-
T58
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
1
-
T83
Anders Hansen
DEN
18
2
73
T83
Bradley Neil
SCO
18
2
73
T83
Connor Syme
SCO
18
2
73
T83
David Lipsky
USA
18
2
73
T83
Gary Stal
FRA
18
2
73
T83
Gregory Havret
FRA
18
2
73
T83
Joost Luiten
NED
18
2
73
T83
Kim Koivu
FIN
18
2
73
T83
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
18
2
73
T83
Adrien Saddier
SCO
8
2
-
T83
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
2
-
T83
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
2
-
T83
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
2
-
T83
Henric Sturehed
SWE
3
2
-
T97
Alexander Knappe
GER
18
3
74
T97
Bradley Dredge
WAL
18
3
74
T97
Daniel Im
USA
18
3
74
T97
Jeff Winther
SWE
18
3
74
T97
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
18
3
74
T97
Marcel Siem
GER
18
3
74
T97
David Horsey
ENG
8
3
-
T97
Christopher Mivis
BEL
7
3
-
T97
Matthew Southgate
ENG
5
3
-
T97
Peter Hanson
SWE
3
3
-
T107
Andrew Dodt
AUS
18
4
75
T107
Chris Hanson
ENG
18
4
75
T107
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
18
4
75
T107
Renato Paratore
ITA
18
4
75
T107
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
18
4
75
T107
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
18
4
75
T107
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
18
4
75
T107
Charlie Ford
ENG
7
4
-
T115
Clement Sordet
FRA
18
5
76
T115
Daniel Brooks
ENG
18
5
76
T115
Gavin Green
MAS
18
5
76
T115
Matteo Manassero
ITA
18
5
76
T119
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
18
6
77
T119
Scott Fernandez
ESP
18
6
77
121
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
18
7
78
T122
Duncan Stewart
SCO
18
8
79
T122
Romain Wattel
FRA
18
8
79
T122
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
18
8
79
125
Sebastien Gros
FRA
18
9
80
RET
Brett Rumford
AUS
-
Par
-
Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
1
Ashley Chesters
ENG
18
-5
66
2
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
18
-4
67
T3
Jason Scrivener
AUS
18
-3
68
T3
Sergio Garcia
ESP
18
-3
68
T3
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
8
-3
-
T3
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
6
-3
-
T7
Darren Fichardt
RSA
18
-2
69
T7
Jason Norris
AUS
18
-2
69
T7
Jorge Campillo
ESP
18
-2
69
T7
Matthew Nixon
ENG
18
-2
69
T7
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
18
-2
69
T7
Richie Ramsay
SCO
18
-2
69
T7
Shane Lowry
IRL
18
-2
69
T7
Richard McEvoy
ENG
8
-2
-
T7
Pontus Widegren
SWE
6
-2
-
T16
Nino Bertasio
ITA
18
-1
70
T16
Rak Cho
KOR
18
-1
70
T16
Nacho Elvira
ESP
6
-1
-
T16
Laurie Canter
ENG
6
-1
-
T16
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
-1
-
T16
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
6
-1
-
T16
Richard Bland
ENG
5
-1
-
T16
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
-1
-
T16
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
-1
-
T16
Max Albertus
NED
2
-1
-
T16
Oliver Farr
WAL
2
-1
-
T27
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
18
Par
71
T27
Lasse Jensen
DNK
18
Par
71
T27
Lee Westwood
ENG
18
Par
71
T27
Marcus Fraser
AUS
18
Par
71
T27
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
18
Par
71
T27
Oliver Fisher
ENG
18
Par
71
T27
Pedro Oriol
ESP
18
Par
71
T27
Pep Angles
ESP
18
Par
71
T27
Robert Rock
ENG
18
Par
71
T27
Sebastian Heisele
GER
18
Par
71
T27
Aaron Rai
ENG
8
Par
-
T27
Andrew Johnston
ENG
8
Par
-
T27
Justin Walters
RSA
8
Par
-
T27
Marc Warren
SCO
8
Par
-
T27
Padraig Harrington
IRL
8
Par
-
T27
Samuel Del Val
ESP
8
Par
-
T27
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
6
Par
-
T27
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
6
Par
-
T27
Chase Koepka
USA
4
Par
-
T27
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
4
Par
-
T27
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
4
Par
-
T27
Paul Peterson
USA
4
Par
-
T27
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
Par
-
T27
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
Par
-
T27
Angel Hidalgo
ESP
3
Par
-
T27
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
Par
-
T27
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
3
Par
-
T27
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
Par
-
T27
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
3
Par
-
T27
James Morrison
ENG
2
Par
-
T27
Pelle Edberg
SWE
2
Par
-
T58
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
18
1
72
T58
Carlos Pigem
ESP
18
1
72
T58
David Drysdale
SCO
18
1
72
T58
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
18
1
72
T58
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
18
1
72
T58
Lee Slattery
ENG
18
1
72
T58
Paul Waring
ENG
18
1
72
T58
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
18
1
72
T58
Wade Ormsby
AUS
18
1
72
T58
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
9
1
-
T58
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
9
1
-
T58
Thomas Aiken
RSA
9
1
-
T58
Florian Fritsch
GER
8
1
-
T58
Adam Bland
AUS
7
1
-
T58
Josh Geary
NZL
7
1
-
T58
Steven Brown
ENG
7
1
-
T58
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
6
1
-
T58
Julien Guerrier
FRA
6
1
-
T58
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
4
1
-
T58
David Howell
ENG
4
1
-
T58
Richard Sterne
RSA
4
1
-
T58
Scott Hend
AUS
4
1
-
T58
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
1
-
T58
Frederik Dreier
DEN
3
1
-
T58
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
1
-
T83
Anders Hansen
DEN
18
2
73
T83
Bradley Neil
SCO
18
2
73
T83
Connor Syme
SCO
18
2
73
T83
David Lipsky
USA
18
2
73
T83
Gary Stal
FRA
18
2
73
T83
Gregory Havret
FRA
18
2
73
T83
Joost Luiten
NED
18
2
73
T83
Kim Koivu
FIN
18
2
73
T83
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
18
2
73
T83
Adrien Saddier
SCO
8
2
-
T83
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
2
-
T83
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
2
-
T83
Haydn Porteous
RSA
5
2
-
T83
Henric Sturehed
SWE
3
2
-
T97
Alexander Knappe
GER
18
3
74
T97
Bradley Dredge
WAL
18
3
74
T97
Daniel Im
USA
18
3
74
T97
Jeff Winther
SWE
18
3
74
T97
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
18
3
74
T97
Marcel Siem
GER
18
3
74
T97
David Horsey
ENG
8
3
-
T97
Christopher Mivis
BEL
7
3
-
T97
Matthew Southgate
ENG
5
3
-
T97
Peter Hanson
SWE
3
3
-
T107
Andrew Dodt
AUS
18
4
75
T107
Chris Hanson
ENG
18
4
75
T107
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
18
4
75
T107
Renato Paratore
ITA
18
4
75
T107
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
18
4
75
T107
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
18
4
75
T107
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
18
4
75
T107
Charlie Ford
ENG
7
4
-
T115
Clement Sordet
FRA
18
5
76
T115
Daniel Brooks
ENG
18
5
76
T115
Gavin Green
MAS
18
5
76
T115
Matteo Manassero
ITA
18
5
76
T119
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
18
6
77
T119
Scott Fernandez
ESP
18
6
77
121
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
18
7
78
T122
Duncan Stewart
SCO
18
8
79
T122
Romain Wattel
FRA
18
8
79
T122
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
18
8
79
125
Sebastien Gros
FRA
18
9
80
RET
Brett Rumford
AUS
-
Par
-