Belgian Knockout R1

Karlsson races to early lead in Belgium

May 30 – June 02
Rinkven International Golf Club, Antwerp, Belgium
€1,000,000
Live leaderboard
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Anton Karlsson produced a stunning round of 63 on day one to put himself in pole position to claim the top seeding at the Belgian Knockout.

Karlsson races to early lead in Belgium, © Getty Images
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“It was a great round of golf. I’ve been playing some good golf lately, not getting any scores together is what it’s been feeling like but today it came together as a whole.”

The top 32 from each side of the draw after 36 holes at Rinkven International Golf Club will make it through to the knockout stages and Karlsson’s eight under total was the best of any player in the field by two shots.

The 64 players that advance from the first two days will be seeded based on their score regardless of which side of the draw they were in, and will then go head to head over six rounds of nine hole knockout stroke play to determine a winner.


Swede Karlsson has had two top tens since regaining his playing privileges at the 2018 Qualifying School to sit 111th on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, but found his form in spectacular style in Antwerp.

“It’s been tough to say, one week it’s too many putts, another week too few fairways but all in all, pretty good. I struggled a little off the tee which you’re not supposed to do around this place but I went on and holed a few.

“My best day in a long while with the putter. It was tough for a while to actually miss a putt. During the back nine I kept rolling them in from wherever, really, which is always a nice feeling.”

Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño was the closest challenger in that side of the draw at six under, with Dean Burmester and Chris Paisley also signing for 65 earlier on in the day. They sit a shot clear of Italian Lorenzo Gagli, England’s David Horsey, Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre, Norway’s Espen Kofstad, and South African duo Justin Walters and JC Ritchie.

“I’m feeling great,” said Fernandez-Castaño. “I’ve hit the ball really well today, I’ve manged to keep the ball in play most of the time. Having all these tree lined courses it’s always about getting the ball in position and I think I did that very well.”

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Local favourite Thomas Detry delighted the bumper home crowds with an opening 67 to sit in an excellent position heading into the second round. The 26-year-old was eliminated in the round of 64 last year and will be looking to go better than that in a 2019 season where he has made every cut barring the Volvo China Open, where he had to withdraw with a neck injury.

“I’m very happy. It wasn’t that easy out there, a bit breezy and cold this morning as well, but very happy with how I played out there. I got some good vibes, I played great here last year, and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

“I hit a lot of irons off the tee. It’s an easy golf course but it can be tricky as well. I was just being very safe off the tee and leaving myself a lot of short irons in, but sometimes you have to take it on, and I have been hitting my driver great, so the few holes where you actually have to hit it, I have been hitting it well. Other than that, I have been giving myself a lot of birdie chances with the short irons.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-8
63
T2
Dean Burmester
RSA
-6
65
T2
Chris Paisley
ENG
-6
65
T2
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-6
65
T5
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-5
66
T5
JC Ritchie
RSA
-5
66
T5
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-5
66
T5
Justin Walters
RSA
-5
66
T5
David Horsey
ENG
-5
66
T5
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-5
66
T11
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-4
67
T11
Jeff Winther
SWE
-4
67
T11
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-4
67
T11
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
67
T11
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-4
67
T11
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-4
67
T11
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
67
T18
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
68
T18
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-3
68
T18
Kevin Hesbois
BEL
-3
68
T18
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
68
T18
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-3
68
T18
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-3
68
T24
Adam Bland
AUS
-2
69
T24
Stanislav Matus
CZE
-2
69
T24
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-2
69
T24
Darius van Driel
NED
-2
69
T24
Jake McLeod
AUS
-2
69
T24
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-2
69
T24
Gregory Havret
FRA
-2
69
T24
Antoine Rozner
FRA
-2
69
T24
Stuart Manley
WAL
-2
69
T24
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-2
69
T24
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-2
69
T24
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
69
T24
Hugo Leon
CHI
-2
69
T24
John Catlin
USA
-2
69
T24
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
69
T24
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-2
69
T40
Asaf Cohen
ISR
-1
70
T40
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
-1
70
T40
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
T40
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
70
T40
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
70
T40
Ben Evans
ENG
-1
70
T40
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-1
70
T40
Louis De Jager
RSA
-1
70
T40
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
-1
70
T40
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-1
70
T40
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
70
T40
Rowin Caron
NED
-1
70
T40
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-1
70
T40
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
70
T40
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-1
70
T40
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
70
T40
Daan Huizing
NED
-1
70
T40
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
70
T40
Alexander Levy
FRA
-1
70
T40
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-1
70
T60
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
71
T60
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
Par
71
T60
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
71
T60
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
Par
71
T60
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
Par
71
T60
Marcel Siem
GER
Par
71
T60
Richard McEvoy
ENG
Par
71
T60
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
71
T60
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
71
T60
Joel Girrbach
SWE
Par
71
T60
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
71
T60
Lee Slattery
ENG
Par
71
T60
George Coetzee
RSA
Par
71
T60
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
71
T60
Grant Forrest
SCO
Par
71
T60
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
71
T60
Michael Hoey
NIR
Par
71
T60
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
71
T60
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
T60
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
Par
71
T60
Anders Hansen
DEN
Par
71
T60
David Law
SCO
Par
71
T60
Max Schmitt
GER
Par
71
T60
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
71
T60
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
Par
71
T60
Oscar Lengden
SWE
Par
71
T60
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
71
T87
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
72
T87
Niklas Lemke
SWE
1
72
T87
James Morrison
ENG
1
72
T87
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
72
T87
Tom Lewis
ENG
1
72
T87
Ivan Cantero
ESP
1
72
T87
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
1
72
T87
Victor Perez
FRA
1
72
T87
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
72
T87
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
72
T87
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
72
T87
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
72
T87
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
72
T87
Marcel Schneider
GER
1
72
T87
Matthias Schwab
AUT
1
72
T102
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
2
73
T102
Tom Murray
ENG
2
73
T102
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
2
73
T102
Steven Brown
ENG
2
73
T102
Hugues Joannes
BEL
2
73
T102
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
73
T102
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
73
T102
Marc Warren
SCO
2
73
T102
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
73
T102
Adria Arnaus
ESP
2
73
T102
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
73
T102
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
73
T102
Matthew Nixon
ENG
2
73
T102
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
73
T102
Ben Stow
ENG
2
73
T117
Fredrik Nilehn
SWE
3
74
T117
Yente van Doren
BEL
3
74
T117
Marco Iten
SWE
3
74
T117
Nino Bertasio
ITA
3
74
T117
Henric Sturehed
SWE
3
74
T117
Matthis Besard
BEL
3
74
T117
Max Orrin
ENG
3
74
T117
David Borda
ESP
3
74
T117
Ross McGowan
ENG
3
74
T117
Robert Rock
ENG
3
74
T117
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
3
74
T117
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
3
74
T117
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
3
74
T130
Jack Senior
ENG
4
75
T130
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
75
T130
Christopher Mivis
BEL
4
75
T130
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
4
75
T130
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
4
75
T130
Marcus Fraser
AUS
4
75
T130
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
75
T137
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
5
76
T137
Per Laengfors
SWE
5
76
T137
Jean de Wouters
BEL
5
76
T137
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
5
76
T137
Scott Gregory
ENG
5
76
T137
Alan De Bondt
BEL
5
76
143
Thomas Pieters
BEL
6
77
144
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
7
78