Austrian Golf Open R1

Cañizares beats the cold in Austria

Austrian Open 2021 R1
April 15-18
Diamond CC, Atzenbrugg, Austria
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Austrian Open 2021 R1 - Cañizares beats the cold in Austria
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Alejandro Cañizares carded an eagle and four birdies with a single dropped shot to get to five under in windy conditions at Diamond Country Club and take the opening lead in the Austrian Golf Open.

Austrian Open 2021 R1

“I’m very pleased,” he said. “It was tough to keep focus – it’s so cold. It was tough to feel the hands and that’s very important.”

“I think the strength was just keeping my head on every shot because it’s very easy when you miss a shot to let it go on days like this when you’re struggling physically and mentally to keep warm.

Austrian Open 2021 R1

“It was just do my process and do every shot and I was happy the way I managed bad shots because I didn’t let them get to me like has happened in the past. That was the key.

“I didn’t think that I played wonderfully tee to green, it wasn’t beautiful, but I hit some really good shots and I made some good putts in the end, so a solid round overall.”

Austrian Open 2021 R1

Martin Kaymer is tied in second after getting off to a fast start from the tenth, birdieing the 11th and 12th and 15th before bogeying the 17th.

John Catlin turned in 35 with a birdie on the 13th, found the water on the first and picked up shots on the second, fourth and fifth.

Kaymer’s bogey on the sixth then left the duo in a tie at the top of the leaderboard as the later starters went out in conditions which were still very cold.

Austrian Open 2021 R1