Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown R1

MacIntyre sets pace in Cyprus

November 05-08
Aphrodite Hills Resort, Kouklia, Paphos, Cyprus
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Cyprus Showdown R1 - MacIntyre sets pace
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Robert MacIntyre started the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown as he ended last week’s Cyprus Open, with a six under par 65 to take the lead after the first round at Aphrodite Hills Resort.


“I’m delighted. Again I played great golf. A few mis hits off the tee, but it’s one of those golf courses where I can open my shoulders a little bit more and give it a little bit extra. I missed a few putts that were still shaving the edges of holes but overall it was a good round of golf.”

The 24-year-old improved by one stroke each round in last week’s Cyprus Open, carding scores of 68-67-66-65 for a share of third place and his best finish on the 2020 Race to Dubai.



The Scotsman continued that momentum into the second of two consecutive events at the stunning Paphos venue and was one of eight players in a share of the lead on five under par, before his sixth birdie of the day on the 18th saw him take a narrow lead into the second round.

“The course suits my eye. I said it to Mikey and my coach at the start of last week. Visually there are certain shots that, if it was a different sort of wind, I wouldn’t like them, but with the normal wind direction it suits my eye. I’m rolling the putter great.


“The new irons are brilliant. I’m hitting numbers. At Wentworth we weren’t hitting numbers and before that the lofts kept going stronger and we were struggling. Now we’ve got new irons everything is perfect and my golf is showing that there was something wrong. To have fixed that has been a big help.”

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Sharing second place are seven golfers on five under par, including Romain Langasque, of France, and Finland’s Sami Välimäki – both winners on the 2020 Race to Dubai – and 2014 Ryder Cup star Jamie Donaldson.

“A bit of a funny start really,” said Donaldson. “I hit a great tee shot on the first, hit a really good second shot it was just short and it spun down the hill. I hit a poor second putt to three-putt the first which wasn’t a great start after two good shots. It was a bit of a slow start. On the second I pushed my approach, didn’t hit it close and was struggling for par – I made a good par.

“Then after that I got going. I played some really nice golf after that on the front nine. Three-putt bogeyed nine, which was a shame after two good shots, misjudged a putt, which was a shame. Over the course of the front nine it was pretty good, had lots of chances and made a few of them.”

One group remained on the course when play was halted due to darkness, with Round One to be completed on Friday morning. 



This week’s Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown has a first-of-its-kind format on the European Tour, with the top 32 players and ties making the cut for Saturday’s third round. All scores will then be reset, and the top 16 and ties after the third round will go through to Sunday, with everyone starting again from level par in a one-round shootout with the winner receiving a cheque for €200,000.




Pos.
Player
Thru
To Par
R1
1
Robert MacIntyre
F
-6
65
T2
Romain Langasque
F
-5
66
T2
Joakim Lagergren
F
-5
66
T2
Ashun Wu
F
-5
66
T2
Rikard Karlberg
F
-5
66
T2
Sami Valimaki
F
-5
66
T2
Jamie Donaldson
F
-5
66
T2
Thomas Detry
F
-5
66
T9
Shubhankar Sharma
F
-4
67
T9
Masahiro Kawamura
F
-4
67
T9
Alexander Levy
F
-4
67
T9
Johannes Veerman
F
-4
67
T9
David Horsey
F
-4
67
T9
Joost Luiten
F
-4
67
T9
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
F
-4
67
T16
Pablo Larrazabal
F
-3
68
T16
Daan Huizing
F
-3
68
T16
Alexander Björk
F
-3
68
T16
Joel Sjoholm
F
-3
68
T16
Benjamin Hebert
F
-3
68
T16
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
F
-3
68
T16
Louis De Jager
F
-3
68
T16
Kalle Samooja
F
-3
68
T16
Marcus Armitage
F
-3
68
T16
James Morrison
F
-3
68
T16
Grant Forrest
F
-3
68
T16
Steven Brown
F
-3
68
T16
Marcus Kinhult
F
-3
68
T16
Callum Shinkwin
F
-3
68
T30
Oliver Farr
F
-2
69
T30
Jorge Campillo
F
-2
69
T30
Rasmus Højgaard
F
-2
69
T30
Cormac Sharvin
F
-2
69
T30
Chris Paisley
F
-2
69
T30
Antoine Rozner
F
-2
69
T30
Lars van Meijel
F
-2
69
T30
Richard Bland
F
-2
69
T30
Oliver Wilson
F
-2
69
T30
Ross McGowan
F
-2
69
T30
Matthew Jordan
17
-2
T30
Aaron Cockerill
17
-2
T42
Matthieu Pavon
F
-1
70
T42
Wilco Nienaber
F
-1
70
T42
Niklas Lemke
F
-1
70
T42
Clement Sordet
F
-1
70
T42
Thorbjørn Olesen
F
-1
70
T42
Garrick Porteous
F
-1
70
T42
Bernd Ritthammer
F
-1
70
T42
Gavin Kyle Green
F
-1
70
T42
Adrian Meronk
F
-1
70
T42
Sebastian Heisele
F
-1
70
T42
Ross Fisher
F
-1
70
T42
Scott Vincent
F
-1
70
T42
Francesco Laporta
F
-1
70
T42
David Drysdale
F
-1
70
T42
Ewen Ferguson
F
-1
70
T42
Connor Syme
F
-1
70
T42
Maverick Antcliff
F
-1
70
T42
Haydn Porteous
F
-1
70
T42
Carlos Pigem
F
-1
70
T61
Joel Stalter
F
E
71
T61
Matthew Southgate
F
E
71
T61
Lorenzo Gagli
F
E
71
T61
Ricardo Santos
F
E
71
T61
Dale Whitnell
F
E
71
T61
Richie Ramsay
F
E
71
T61
Pedro Figueiredo
F
E
71
T61
Calum Hill
F
E
71
T61
Maximilian Kieffer
F
E
71
T61
Michael Campbell
F
E
71
T61
David Howell
F
E
71
T61
Jeff Winther
F
E
71
T61
Haotong Li
F
E
71
T61
Oliver Fisher
F
E
71
T61
Matthias Schwab
F
E
71
T61
Jack Senior
F
E
71
T61
Julian Suri
F
E
71
T61
Nicolas Colsaerts
F
E
71
T61
Ben Stow
17
E
T61
Jack Floydd
17
E
T81
Zander Lombard
F
1
72
T81
Alvaro Quiros
F
1
72
T81
Robin Roussel
F
1
72
T81
Mikko Korhonen
F
1
72
T81
Gregory Havret
F
1
72
T81
Jordan Smith
F
1
72
T81
Jason Scrivener
F
1
72
T81
Richard McEvoy
F
1
72
T81
Alejandro Cañizares
F
1
72
T81
Jonathan Caldwell
F
1
72
T81
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
F
1
72
T92
Toby Tree
F
2
73
T92
SSP Chawrasia
F
2
73
T92
Paul Waring
F
2
73
T95
Adrien Saddier
F
3
74
T95
Iain Pyman
F
3
74
T95
Yikeun Chang
F
3
74
T98
Mitch Waite
F
4
75
T98
Jacob Oakley
F
4
75
T98
Tapio Pulkkanen
F
4
75
T98
Dave Coupland
F
4
75
T98
Garrick Higgo
F
4
75
T98
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
F
4
75
104
Chris Wood
F
6
77
105
Sebastian Soderberg
F
7
78
Sam Horsfield
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