Canary Islands Championship R1

Laporta takes opening lead in Spain

Canary Islands 2021 R1
May 06-09
Golf Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
€1,500,000
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Francesco Laporta carded the lowest round of his European Tour career to hit the front after day one of the 2021 Canary Islands Championship.


Canary Islands 2021 R1

“It was one of those days when everything goes in the right direction. I started thinking about 59 also, when I was nine under through 14. On 17 I was putting for birdie from five metres. I was thinking ‘just make this and go for eagle on the last’. I wasn’t so lucky on the last hole, my drive went into the trees. But I’m still nine under so I’m pretty happy about the round.”

“I get a bit nervous every time I go very low. It’s not the first time I’ve shot nine under on the main Tour, but in the first round you want to play well. I saw this scores this morning with Rhys Enoch, who was eight under after eight and I knew the course would give us lots of chances to make birdies.”

“You start to feel a bit of pressure when you start to think about a 59, but then you just need to concentrate on your game and try to do your best.”


Canary Islands 2021 R1

Laporta won twice on the European Challenge Tour and came close to a maiden European Tour win last season when he finished second at the Golf in Dubai Championship presented by DP World.

The Italian was a picture of consistency last week as Golf Costa Adeje hosted the first of back-to-back tournaments, but he showed he had truly found his feet in the final event of the Canary Islands Swing, posting a 62 to get to nine under par and lead by one from Spain’s Scott Fernandez.

“I just stuck to it,” said Fernandez. “The moment the round changed for me was on 11, I holed a nice bunker shot, it was perfect. That kind of got me going. It was tricky on the back nine with the wind, a few shots were hard to judge with the upslope. I was just trying every time to pick a good number and hit the target. Came in with a few nice shots.”


Canary Islands 2021 R1

“Bogeyed the par three 14th but I knew I was playing OK, just had to keep going shot by shot, as simple as that. Drove it quite nicely on 15, had a chance there and just hit it really close to about a foot. 16 is a tough par three, gave myself a nice putt there and it went in. Then 17 I hit a really long drive there to attack the pin. It was a back pin with a little drop behind, but I had a good number and gave myself another chance. On 18 also I finished strong.”

“The front nine is kind of tricky right next to the ocean, you get all the wind. But hey, we’ve been playing here for more than a week now. I missed the cut by one last week, had a nice practice over the weekend and worked pretty hard, got a bit of rest, nice practice rounds Monday and Tuesday. Those little things just add up.”

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“You just know where to go, how the greens are. They are really small so you know the pics already, the fast putts, where the safe sides are. Knowing that a bit more you know when to attack and when to hold back a bit.”

The home contingent are well represented on the top half of the leaderboard, with Alfredo Garcia-Heredia and Adri Arnaus then at seven under par alongside Joël Stalter of France, while Pep Angles is amongst ten players at six under par.

“I played the five par fives well – I made five birdies there,” said Garcia-Heredia. “I played solid on the par threes, saved some good pars – on the 15th especially. I’ve been playing well the last few weeks and just kept doing what I have been doing.”

“I’m a much better player now. Probably when I had my European Tour card (ten years ago) I didn’t deserve it, and now that I don’t have a card my game is at a really nice level to be on Tour. I just need to compete more. These three tournaments (in the Canary Islands) are good for me. The next two in Spain, the Spanish Open and Valderrama are going to be great. I’m going to try to compete more during the year.”

A 2015 Qualifying School graduate and two-time Challenge Tour winner, Laporta triggered the second ‘59 watch’ of the day as he got to nine under after 14 holes but parred his way in to card his best round of the 2021 Race to Dubai by five shots.

Earlier in the day Rhys Enoch of Wales had raced into the early lead, going nine under through eight holes thanks to a birdie-eagle-eagle-birdie-birdie start, before recording back to back bogeys around the turn to go on to sign for a 65 and join the group at six under par.

Canary Islands 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Francesco Laporta
-9
62
2
Scott Fernandez
-8
63
T3
Adri Arnaus *
-7
64
T3
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
-7
64
T3
Joel Stalter *
-7
64
T6
Pep Angles *
-6
65
T6
Aaron Cockerill
-6
65
T6
Louis De Jager
-6
65
T6
Paul Dunne *
-6
65
T6
Rhys Enoch *
-6
65
T6
Justin Harding *
-6
65
T6
Calum Hill
-6
65
T6
Richard Mansell (a)
-6
65
T6
Richie Ramsay
-6
65
T6
Kalle Samooja
-6
65
T16
Jorge Campillo
-5
66
T16
Oliver Fisher
-5
66
T16
Garrick Higgo *
-5
66
T16
Zander Lombard *
-5
66
T16
Matthieu Pavon
-5
66
T16
Eddie Pepperell *
-5
66
T16
Garrick Porteous *
-5
66
T16
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
66
T16
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-5
66
T16
Julian Suri
-5
66
T16
Connor Syme *
-5
66
T27
Luis Claverie
-4
67
T27
Grant Forrest *
-4
67
T27
Scott Hend
-4
67
T27
Nicolai Højgaard *
-4
67
T27
Alvaro Quiros *
-4
67
T27
Eduard Rousaud (a) *
-4
67
T27
Ricardo Santos
-4
67
T27
Max Schmitt
-4
67
T27
Jack Senior *
-4
67
T27
Shubhankar Sharma *
-4
67
T27
Suradit Yongcharoenchai *
-4
67
T38
Nino Bertasio
-3
68
T38
Dean Burmester
-3
68
T38
SSP Chawrasia *
-3
68
T38
Dave Coupland
-3
68
T38
Eduardo De la Riva *
-3
68
T38
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-3
68
T38
Sebastian Heisele
-3
68
T38
Andrew Johnston
-3
68
T38
Matthew Jordan *
-3
68
T38
Niall Kearney *
-3
68
T38
Thomas Plumb *
-3
68
T38
Clement Sordet *
-3
68
T38
Matthew Southgate
-3
68
T38
Alejandro Tosti *
-3
68
T38
Dale Whitnell
-3
68
T38
Lars van Meijel *
-3
68
T54
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-2
69
T54
Richard Bland
-2
69
T54
David Borda *
-2
69
T54
Alejandro Del Rey (a) *
-2
69
T54
Victor Dubuisson
-2
69
T54
Mario Galiano Aguilar
-2
69
T54
Julien Guerrier
-2
69
T54
Shiv Kapur *
-2
69
T54
Janne Kaske
-2
69
T54
Tyler Koivisto
-2
69
T54
Romain Langasque *
-2
69
T54
Tom McKibbin *
-2
69
T54
Paul Peterson *
-2
69
T54
Haydn Porteous
-2
69
T54
Cormac Sharvin *
-2
69
T54
Sebastian Soderberg
-2
69
T54
Toby Tree *
-2
69
T54
Sami Valimaki *
-2
69
T54
Borja Virto *
-2
69
T54
Darius van Driel *
-2
69
T74
Maverick Antcliff
-1
70
T74
Austin Bautista *
-1
70
T74
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
70
T74
Laurie Canter *
-1
70
T74
Pedro Figueiredo
-1
70
T74
Tom Gandy *
-1
70
T74
Gavin Kyle Green *
-1
70
T74
Berry Henson
-1
70
T74
David Howell
-1
70
T74
Masahiro Kawamura *
-1
70
T74
Alexander Levy
-1
70
T74
Ondrej Lieser (a) *
-1
70
T74
Edoardo Molinari
-1
70
T74
Jacobo Pastor
-1
70
T74
Bernd Ritthammer
-1
70
T74
Steven Tiley
-1
70
T74
Johannes Veerman *
-1
70
T74
Ashun Wu
-1
70
T74
Fabrizio Zanotti
-1
70
T93
Sean Crocker
E
71
T93
Ignacio Elvira Mijares *
E
71
T93
Matt Ford *
E
71
T93
Scott Gregory
E
71
T93
Sihwan Kim *
E
71
T93
Richard McEvoy *
E
71
T93
Adrian Otaegui *
E
71
T93
Andrea Pavan
E
71
T93
Ajeetesh Sandhu *
E
71
T93
Marcel Schneider *
E
71
T93
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
E
71
T104
Alejandro Cañizares *
+1
72
T104
Samuel Del Val
+1
72
T104
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño *
+1
72
T104
David Horsey
+1
72
T104
Raphael Jacquelin
+1
72
T104
Michael Lorenzo-Vera *
+1
72
T104
Carlos Pigem *
+1
72
T104
Robin Roussel *
+1
72
T104
Justin Walters
+1
72
T104
Paul Waring
+1
72
T114
Grégory Bourdy
+2
73
T114
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
+2
73
T114
Yi Keun Chang
+2
73
T114
Adrian Meronk *
+2
73
T114
Guido Migliozzi
+2
73
T114
Chris Paisley *
+2
73
T114
Renato Paratore
+2
73
T114
Benjamin Poke *
+2
73
T114
Carl Suneson *
+2
73
T114
Oliver Wilson
+2
73
T124
Sam Broadhurst (a) *
+3
74
T124
Kristoffer Broberg *
+3
74
T124
Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela *
+3
74
T124
Jake McLeod
+3
74
T124
Pedro Oriol
+3
74
T124
Oscar Sanchez
+3
74
T130
Harry Ellis *
+4
75
T130
Joakim Lagergren *
+4
75
* Player started on the back nine