Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open R1

Veerman and Waite lead the way

October 29 – November 01
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
€1,000,000
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Cyprus Open 2020 R1 - Veerman and Waite lead the way
Johannes Veerman (Getty Images)


American Johannes Veerman and Mitch Waite of England share the lead at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open after carding seven under par rounds of 64 in the first European Tour event to be held on the Mediterranean island.


“I hit it really well today,” said Veerman. “I think I only missed one green. Well actually, I missed one green but I holed out; so I missed one green but I made it. I hit it really well today off the tee. I think I hit almost every single fairway out there, I was really consistent, and when you’re playing well and you keep giving yourself chances for birdie, it feels great. 

“It was a little windy in the practice rounds but it wasn’t so windy out there today. In a way, that made it a little bit easier from what we were used to on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and the course, it’s in such an amazing shape, it’s pristine. If you’re hitting your lines and you’re playing from the fairway, you can go low around here.”



Cyprus became the 50th nation to host the European Tour in its 48-year history as the first round began today, with Veerman and Waite edging ahead on a low-scoring day in Paphos.

Waite carded an eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys to sign for a 64, while Veerman joined him on that number after his fifth birdie of the day on the 18th hole, adding to an eagle he carded on the tenth hole.


“I feel very good, I played nicely today,” said Waite. “I’ve just had a good attitude from the beginning of the week, I’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain so I just need to get out there – it’s a scoreable track – hit some good shots and see what we get out of it.

“It’s easy to say no expectations but you’ve got to still go out there and do it. You tell yourself don’t play with any pressure but at the end of the day, when the covers come on and you’ve not been in that position before, there is a bit of pressure there and I was really pleased with how I finished up in those last three holes. I played nicely and I’m going to do some work on the range and get ready for tomorrow, more of the same.”



In a share of third place on six under par are former Ryder Cup players Jamie Donaldson and Andy Sullivan, Joël Stalter of France and Finland’s Sami Välimäki – both winners on the European Tour this season – and David Drysdale of Scotland, who missed out on a maiden title in March after losing to Jorge Campillo in a play-off at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

“Played nice today, played solid. Hit it pretty good off the tee and was able to get close to flags. It has been a beautiful day to be fair, there isn’t much wind and it is ideal scoring conditions,” said Donaldson.



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“I have been playing pretty good generally, most weeks have been there or there abouts but you have to play well every day. The standard is not getting any worse and I’m not getting any younger, so it is a case of doing everything that I have done today every day. You have got to post four low rounds to compete out here and that is what I have got to do.” 

Ten players share eighth place on five under par, with two groups still to complete their first rounds after play was suspended due to darkness.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Mitch Waite
-7
64
T1
Johannes Veerman
-7
64
T3
Joël Stalter
-6
65
T3
Jamie Donaldson
-6
65
T3
David Drysdale
-6
65
T3
Andy Sullivan
-6
65
T3
Sami Välimäki
-6
65
T8
Oliver Farr
-5
66
T8
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-5
66
T8
Richard McEvoy
-5
66
T8
Pedro Figueiredo
-5
66
T8
Will Enefer
-5
66
T8
Marcus Armitage
-5
66
T8
Clement Sordet
-5
66
T8
Thomas Detry
-5
66
T8
David Horsey
-5
66
T8
Lorenzo Gagli
-5
66
T18
Shubhankar Sharma
-4
67
T18
Laurie Canter
-4
67
T18
Matthias Schwab
-4
67
T18
Oliver Wilson
-4
67
T18
Callum Shinkwin
-4
67
T18
Adrien Saddier
-4
67
T18
Wil Besseling
-4
67
T18
Jack Senior
-4
67
T18
Jordan Smith
-4
67
T27
Wilco Nienaber
-3
68
T27
Alvaro Quiros
-3
68
T27
Ashun Wu
-3
68
T27
James Morrison
-3
68
T27
Damien Perrier
-3
68
T27
Garrick Higgo
-3
68
T27
Mikko Korhonen
-3
68
T27
Scott Vincent
-3
68
T27
Dale Whitnell
-3
68
T27
Louis De Jager
-3
68
T27
Jeff Winther
-3
68
T27
Sebastian Heisele
-3
68
T27
Robert MacIntyre
-3
68
T27
Paul Waring
-3
68
T27
Jack Harrison
-3
68
T27
Matthew Southgate
-3
68
T43
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-2
69
T43
Grant Forrest
-2
69
T43
Jonathan Caldwell
-2
69
T43
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-2
69
T43
Tapio Pulkkanen
-2
69
T43
Maverick Antcliff
-2
69
T43
Sebastian Soderberg
-2
69
T43
Maximilian Kieffer
-2
69
T43
Masahiro Kawamura
-2
69
T43
Joel Sjoholm
-2
69
T43
Robin Roussel
-2
69
T43
Ricardo Santos
-2
69
T43
Aaron Cockerill
-2
69
T43
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-2
69
T43
Carlos Pigem
-2
69
T43
Gregory Havret
-2
69
T43
Steven Brown
-2
69
T43
Cormac Sharvin
-2
69
T43
Jorge Campillo
-2
69
T43
Nicolas Colsaerts
-2
69
T43
Thorbjørn Olesen
-2
69
T43
Alexander Björk
-2
69
T43
Haydn Porteous
-2
69
T43
Calum Hill
-2
69
T43
Alexander Levy
-2
69
T43
Benjamin Hebert
-2
69
T43
Dave Coupland
-2
69
T70
Bernd Ritthammer
-1
70
T70
Matthew Jordan
-1
70
T70
Joost Luiten
-1
70
T70
Romain Langasque
-1
70
T70
Garrick Porteous
-1
70
T70
Michael Campbell
-1
70
T70
Julian Suri
-1
70
T70
Ewen Ferguson
-1
70
T70
Richard Bland
-1
70
T70
Alejandro Cañizares
-1
70
T70
Jason Scrivener
-1
70
T70
Kalle Samooja
-1
70
T70
Ben Stow
-1
70
T83
Chris Paisley
E
71
T83
David Howell
E
71
T83
S.S.p. Chawrasia
E
71
T83
Bryce Easton
E
71
T83
Pablo Larrazabal
E
71
T83
Antoine Rozner
E
71
T89
Kristoffer Reitan
1
72
T89
Toby Tree
1
72
T89
Matthieu Pavon
1
72
T89
Sam Horsfield
1
72
T89
Joakim Lagergren
1
72
T94
Niklas Lemke
2
73
T94
Marcus Kinhult
2
73
T94
Yikeun Chang
2
73
T94
Connor Syme
2
73
T94
Richie Ramsay
2
73
99
Ross Fisher
3
74
T100
Sean Crocker
4
75
T100
Gavin Kyle Green
4
75
T100
Adrian Meronk
4
75
T100
Haotong Li
4
75
104
Lars van Meijel
5
76
105
Rikard Karlberg
7
78