Betfred British Masters - R1

Jordan races clear at Hillside

May 09-12
Hillside Golf Club, Southport, England
£3,000,000
Live leaderboard
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Matthew Jordan took full advantage of his late invitation to the Betfred British Masters with an impressive opening round of 63 to lead by two shots at Hillside Golf Club.

England’s Matthew Jordan carded a course-record 63 on day one of the British Masters at Hillside
England’s Matthew Jordan carded a course-record 63 on day one of the British Masters at Hillside (Peter Byrne/PA)

“I just thought, if I get off to a good start, which I did, that just sets the rhythm of the round and you relax and you just get into it. For me, that’s all I concentrated on was trying to start well.”

The 23-year-old Englishman, who lives in nearby Hoylake, only got into the tournament on Sunday and is making just his ninth appearance on the European Tour, but he showed few nerves in a bogey-free nine under par round.

“I found out Sunday I got an invitation which I’m very thankful for, just to have the opportunity. So I got it then and I guess because I’m quite close to home, I’m staying at home, so I’ve been able to rest quite well. I guess the later you find out, the better, really, because you start thinking about it.

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“I actually managed to shoot 10-under on the Challenge Tour a couple weeks ago. There, I got the feeling how to shoot low. I had shot low prior to this, but on this stage to go and do it and on this kind of course is impressive, to me, anyway.”

Jordan turned professional last September after a fine amateur career that included a Walker Cup appearance in 2017 and a nine-stroke victory in the Lytham Trophy last year. His love of links golf was again evident with third birdies in his opening four holes, followed by further gains on the sixth and ninth for a front nine of 31, before four more birdies in six holes after the turn.

He is two shots clear of fellow Englishman Matt Wallace, the four-time European Tour winner, and Sweden’s Marcus Kinhult, while former World Number One Lee Westwood made a scintillating start to his round with six birdies in his opening seven holes. The 2007 British Masters champion, who hosted the event at Close House in 2017, is in a four-way share of fourth place on six under par.


“It’s a great start,” said Fleetwood. “I haven’t played a lot recently. I’ve played two tournaments in three months, and one of them was the Match Play. I was always going to be a bit rusty, but I didn’t come out like I was rusty. Obviously when you turn up to a golf course you like and you play well and you enjoy playing, that makes a big difference. The wind wasn’t too strong and you know, I holed a few putts early on and I got my scoring going. I felt like I had a bit of momentum.”

This year’s host, Tommy Fleetwood, has taken the tournament back to the coastal town of Southport where he grew up, and the Ryder Cup star gave the home fans plenty to cheer about with an eagle on the second hole – his 11 th after starting from the tenth tee – in a four under par 68 to lie in tenth position.

“It was nice to get down to the golf, and I enjoyed playing. I felt like I played really well. I felt in control most of the day. So it was good and I enjoyed it. A lot of people come out today in that weather that’s pretty cold and wet. I know they are going to do that but still nice to see them and play.


“I felt more comfortable on the golf course doing something I do week-in and week-out. It’s not that I’ve been uncomfortable doing different things, but it’s just a different experience and doing something you’re not used to and that gave me a little bit more nerves than normal, and just a little bit more pride in the event and hope it goes well. Now the golf’s started, I really enjoyed today. I felt like I had a good rhythm in my swing and I was hitting a lot of good shots.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-9
63
T2
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-7
65
T2
Matt Wallace
ENG
-7
65
T4
Thomas Detry
BEL
-6
66
T4
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-6
66
T4
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-6
66
T4
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
T8
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
67
T8
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-5
67
T10
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
68
T10
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
68
T10
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
68
T10
Michael Hoey
NIR
-4
68
T10
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-4
68
T10
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-4
68
T10
Jordan Smith
ENG
-4
68
T10
Ross Fisher
ENG
-4
68
T10
Scott Hend
AUS
-4
68
T10
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
68
T10
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-4
68
T21
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-3
69
T21
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T21
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-3
69
T21
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-3
69
T21
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-3
69
T21
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-3
69
T21
Robert Rock
ENG
-3
69
T21
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
69
T21
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
69
T21
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
69
T21
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-3
69
T32
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-2
70
T32
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-2
70
T32
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
70
T32
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
T32
Richard Sterne
RSA
-2
70
T32
David Dixon
ENG
-2
70
T32
Romain Langasque
FRA
-2
70
T32
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
70
T32
Joost Luiten
NED
-2
70
T32
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-2
70
T32
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-2
70
T43
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-1
71
T43
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
71
T43
David Law
SCO
-1
71
T43
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
71
T43
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
71
T43
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
71
T43
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
71
T43
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-1
71
T43
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
71
T43
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T43
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-1
71
T43
Victor Perez
FRA
-1
71
T43
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-1
71
T43
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-1
71
T43
Oliver Farr
WAL
-1
71
T43
Liam Johnston
SCO
-1
71
T43
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
71
T43
Brandon Stone
RSA
-1
71
T43
John Catlin
USA
-1
71
T43
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
71
T43
Stuart Manley
WAL
-1
71
T43
Scott Gregory
ENG
-1
71
T43
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-1
71
T66
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
72
T66
Connor Syme
SCO
Par
72
T66
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
72
T66
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
72
T66
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
72
T66
Matthew Cort
ENG
Par
72
T66
Kalle Samooja
FIN
Par
72
T66
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
72
T66
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
72
T66
Hugo Leon
CHI
Par
72
T66
Jack Senior
ENG
Par
72
T66
Steven Brown
ENG
Par
72
T66
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
72
T66
Louis De Jager
RSA
Par
72
T66
David Howell
ENG
Par
72
T66
Paul Waring
ENG
Par
72
T66
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
Par
72
T66
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
72
T66
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
72
T66
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
Par
72
T66
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
72
T66
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
72
T66
Adria Arnaus
ESP
Par
72
T66
David Horsey
ENG
Par
72
T66
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
Par
72
T91
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
1
73
T91
Ivan Cantero
ESP
1
73
T91
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
73
T91
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
73
T91
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
73
T91
Nino Bertasio
ITA
1
73
T91
George Coetzee
RSA
1
73
T91
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
73
T91
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
73
T91
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
73
T91
Renato Paratore
ITA
1
73
T91
Grant Forrest
SCO
1
73
T91
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
73
T91
Ben Evans
ENG
1
73
T91
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
73
T91
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
1
73
T91
David Drysdale
SCO
1
73
T91
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
73
T91
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
73
T91
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
73
T91
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
73
T91
Nick Cullen
AUS
1
73
T113
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
74
T113
Bradley Dredge
WAL
2
74
T113
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
74
T113
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
2
74
T113
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
2
74
T113
Jake McLeod
AUS
2
74
T113
Adrien Saddier
SCO
2
74
T113
Per Laengfors
SWE
2
74
T113
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
2
74
T113
Zander Lombard
RSA
2
74
T113
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
74
T113
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
74
T113
Gavin Green
MAS
2
74
T126
Darren Fichardt
RSA
3
75
T126
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
3
75
T126
Justin Walters
RSA
3
75
T126
Max Schmitt
GER
3
75
T126
Marcel Siem
GER
3
75
T126
Richard McEvoy
ENG
3
75
T126
Jeff Winther
SWE
3
75
T126
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
3
75
T126
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
75
T126
Austin Connelly
CAN
3
75
T126
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
75
T137
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
76
T137
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
76
T137
Alexander Levy
FRA
4
76
T137
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
4
76
T137
Kim Koivu
FIN
4
76
T137
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
4
76
T137
Tom Murray
ENG
4
76
T137
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
4
76
T145
Aaron Rai
ENG
5
77
T145
David Borda
ESP
5
77
T145
Conor Gough
ENG
5
77
T145
Matteo Manassero
ITA
5
77
T149
Max Orrin
ENG
6
78
T149
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
6
78
T149
Andy Sullivan
ENG
6
78
T149
Marc Warren
SCO
6
78
T153
James Morrison
ENG
7
79
T153
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
7
79
155
Clement Sordet
FRA
8
80
RET
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par