Cazoo Classic R1

Richard Bland takes the lead at London Golf Club

Cazoo Classic 2021 R1
August 12-15
London Golf Club, Ash, Kent, England
€1,250,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

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England’s Richard Bland carded an opening 65 to take the lead of the Cazoo Classic at London Golf Club.

He produced seven birdies, three of them back-to-back from the 10th and remained bogey free to reach 7-under.


Cazoo Classic 2021 R1

Bland has had a remarkable year, becoming a first time winner on Tour in his 478th attempt at the Betfred British Masters in May and the oldest player in history to hold the 36 hole lead at the U.S. Open Championship in June.

He is playing for the first time since the Open Championship at Royal St. George’s where he hit the opening tee shot and finished T67.


Cazoo Classic 2021 R1

“Pretty much all of it was good today, I just felt like it was a continuation from where I left off before my break. I was driving the ball great, hitting some nice iron shots in and I didn’t really hole that much to be honest.”

He is currently ranked 17th in the Race to Dubai and hoping to stay in the top 30 to earn his place in the WGC-HSBC Champions and next year’s Open Championship at St Andrews.


Cazoo Classic 2021 R1

“I want to get to the WGC-HSBC at the end of the year and a big goal of mine would be to get to The Open next year at St Andrews. I’ve never played an Open at St Andrews and to play the 150th edition there – not sure I want to hit the first tee shot again, although I wouldn’t mind it there, it’s a bit wider than it was at Royal St George’s.

“To play that one would be very special. But I just want to keep doing what I’m doing and that’s worked for me, keep that going into next year because I plan to go to the Champions Tour next year, so that’s starting to come onto my radar.

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“So I just want to stay as competitive as I possibly can up to that point and if I keep doing what I’m doing then that’ll be the case.”

Tied behind him at 6-under are his countrymen Jordan Smith and Dale Whitnell, as well as Americans Sean Crocker and Sihwan Kim.

“It’s been good, I just putted really well today,” said Kim. “I had some bad tee shots but recovered pretty well and after a break on number one, I was able to recoup and make some birdies out there

“It’s a nice course, a little soft but I just had to control the spin a little bit and the greens got a little bumpy so I had no expectation with the putting.

“I just got my tee shots under control a little bit and my putting has been really good the last few weeks so I’m hoping that’ll keep going.”


Cazoo Classic 2021 R1

Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, France’s Joël Stalter and Swede Niklas Lemke are tied in sixth place at 5-under.

“I did have a nice day,” said Bjerregaard. “I got myself into a bit of trouble a couple of times but luckily I got out of it and I’m very pleased with the round today, it’s nice to continue some of the good stuff from last week.

“I hit a terrible drive at 16, found it luckily, hit a really good shot out of there which rolled just over the green, didn’t hit a great chip shot and then thought I’d missed the putt right and it caught the edge and went in. I think that sums up my day pretty well.

“It was nice to get off to a good start and there was lots of good in there – it wasn’t all like 16. So it’s nice, I’m not complaining. It’s a lot more fun playing like this than the way I have been playing lately.”


Cazoo Classic 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Richard Bland
-7
65
T2
Sean Crocker
-6
66
T2
Sihwan Kim
-6
66
T2
Jordan Smith
-6
66
T2
Dale Whitnell
-6
66
T6
Lucas Bjerregaard
-5
67
T6
Niklas Lemke
-5
67
T6
Joel Stalter
-5
67
T9
Maverick Antcliff
-4
68
T9
John Catlin
-4
68
T9
David Drysdale
-4
68
T9
Matt Ford
-4
68
T9
Calum Hill
-4
68
T9
Niall Kearney
-4
68
T9
Maximilian Kieffer
-4
68
T9
Marcus Kinhult
-4
68
T9
Mikko Korhonen
-4
68
T9
Bernd Wiesberger
-4
68
T9
Daniel Young (a)
-4
68
T20
Wil Besseling
-3
69
T20
Dave Coupland
-3
69
T20
Rhys Enoch
-3
69
T20
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-3
69
T20
Lorenzo Gagli
-3
69
T20
Joachim B. Hansen
-3
69
T20
Paul Peterson
-3
69
T20
Robert Rock
-3
69
T20
Clement Sordet
-3
69
T20
Toby Tree
-3
69
T20
Daniel van Tonder
-3
69
T31
Jonathan Caldwell
-2
70
T31
Ashley Chesters
-2
70
T31
Aaron Cockerill
-2
70
T31
Matthew Cort
-2
70
T31
Ben Evans
-2
70
T31
Berry Henson
-2
70
T31
Anton Karlsson
-2
70
T31
Alexander Levy
-2
70
T31
James Morrison
-2
70
T31
Victor Perez
-2
70
T31
Richie Ramsay
-2
70
T31
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-2
70
T31
Shubhankar Sharma
-2
70
T31
Callum Shinkwin
-2
70
T31
Marcel Siem
-2
70
T31
Matthew Southgate
-2
70
T31
Justin Walters
-2
70
T31
Marc Warren
-2
70
T31
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
-2
70
T31
Darius van Driel
-2
70
T51
Matthew Baldwin
-1
71
T51
Steven Brown
-1
71
T51
Jorge Campillo
-1
71
T51
Laurie Canter
-1
71
T51
Ryan Fox
-1
71
T51
Rasmus Højgaard
-1
71
T51
Janne Kaske
-1
71
T51
Masahiro Kawamura
-1
71
T51
Eddie Pepperell
-1
71
T51
Garrick Porteous
-1
71
T51
Kalle Samooja
-1
71
T51
Cormac Sharvin
-1
71
T51
Paul Waring
-1
71
T64
Yi Keun Chang
E
72
T64
Jamie Donaldson
E
72
T64
Bryce Easton
E
72
T64
Philip Eriksson
E
72
T64
Stephen Gallacher
E
72
T64
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
E
72
T64
Josh Geary
E
72
T64
Benjamin Hebert
E
72
T64
Nicolai Højgaard
E
72
T64
David Law
E
72
T64
Deyen Lawson
E
72
T64
Ross McGowan
E
72
T64
Vincent Norrman
E
72
T64
Matthieu Pavon
E
72
T64
Benjamin Poke
E
72
T64
Alvaro Quiros
E
72
T64
Jonathan Thomson
E
72
T64
Steven Tiley
E
72
T64
Sami Valimaki
E
72
T64
Oliver Wilson
E
72
T64
Jordan Wrisdale
E
72
T85
Pep Angles
+1
73
T85
Gaganjeet Bhullar
+1
73
T85
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
+1
73
T85
Louis De Jager
+1
73
T85
Bradley Dredge
+1
73
T85
Chase Hanna
+1
73
T85
Rob Harris
+1
73
T85
David Horsey
+1
73
T85
David Howell
+1
73
T85
Matthew Jordan
+1
73
T85
Damien Perrier
+1
73
T85
Carlos Pigem
+1
73
T85
Liam Robinson
+1
73
T85
Euan Walker (a)
+1
73
T85
Jeff Winther
+1
73
T85
Lars van Meijel
+1
73
T101
Alejandro Cañizares
+2
74
T101
David Dixon
+2
74
T101
Pedro Figueiredo
+2
74
T101
Tyler Koivisto
+2
74
T101
Bryden Macpherson
+2
74
T101
Thorbjørn Olesen
+2
74
T101
Alfie Plant
+2
74
T101
Kristoffer Reitan
+2
74
T101
Adrien Saddier
+2
74
T101
Ricardo Santos
+2
74
T101
Marcel Schneider
+2
74
T101
Lee Slattery
+2
74
T101
Andy Sullivan
+2
74
T101
Julian Suri
+2
74
T115
SSP Chawrasia
+3
75
T115
Oliver Farr
+3
75
T115
Daniel Hillier
+3
75
T115
Jake McLeod
+3
75
T115
Pontus Nyholm
+3
75
T115
Wade Ormsby
+3
75
T115
Chris Paisley
+3
75
T115
Jack Senior
+3
75
T115
Laird Shepherd (a)
+3
75
T115
Gary Stal
+3
75
T115
Brandon Stone
+3
75
T115
Thomas Thurloway (a)
+3
75
T127
Ross Fisher
+4
76
T127
Daniel Gavins
+4
76
T127
Scott Hend
+4
76
T127
Shiv Kapur
+4
76
T127
Wilco Nienaber
+4
76
T127
Adrien Pendaries
+4
76
T127
Jesper Sandborg
+4
76
T127
Ajeetesh Sandhu
+4
76
T135
Oliver Fisher
+5
77
T135
Haotong Li
+5
77
T135
Richard McEvoy
+5
77
T135
Chris Wood
+5
77
T139
Gavin Green
+6
78
T139
Aron Zemmer
+6
78
141
Tom Gandy
8
80
142
Haydn Porteous
9
81
143
Jack Cope
11
83
RETD
Paul Dunne
+6