Celtic Classic R1

Thomas Pieters shows no sign of rust as he tops Newport leaderboard

August 13-16
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Celtic Classic 2020 R1 - Thomas Pieters tops Newport leaderboard
Thomas Pieters on the 6th tee at Celtic Manor (David Davies/PA Wire)


New father Thomas Pieters marked his return to European Tour action in style with an opening seven-under-par 64 in the Celtic Classic.


Pieters was one over par after five holes of his first round at Celtic Manor, but he played the remaining 13 in eight under and stormed home in just 29 shots to hold a one-shot lead over England’s Toby Tree and Australian Jake McLeod.

“It was pretty good,” Pieters said with considerable understatement. “I putted well, just kept my ball in play and didn’t get myself in any trouble really.”



Pieters had not played competitively since early March due to the coronavirus lockdown, during which time his girlfriend gave birth to their first child, Florence.

“It’s been fantastic,” former Ryder Cup player Pieters added. “I miss my little baby girl, but I’m thankful I can play golf right now; first time back in five months it feels nice to get out there and put a score down.”


The lockdown has also resulted in Pieters sporting the kind of long hair more often associated with Tommy Fleetwood and he added: “My mum said the same, my girlfriend says the same.

“I’ve just been really lazy and I don’t feel like sitting in a hairdresser for like two hours with a mask on. If someone wants to cut it, go ahead!”

Italy’s Edoardo Molinari and Scotland’s Marc Warren were part of a seven-way tie for fourth on five under, with Hero Open winner Sam Horsfield and Nicolas Colsaerts among a large group on four under.



Molinari, who has twice finished fourth in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor and was part of Europe’s winning Ryder Cup side here in 2010, said: “It’s always nice coming back here, obviously I have great memories. But it’s a golf course that definitely suits my eye.

“I’ve had a good few finishes in the past, so it’s good memories from the Ryder Cup and other tournaments.”

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The day’s action was partly overshadowed by the news that France’s Alex Levy has become the first European Tour player to test positive for Covid-19 following his withdrawal from the event.

Levy initially tested negative after informing tournament officials that a friend he had met at home in France over the weekend had tested positive for the virus, but he was re-tested and returned a positive result.

The 30-year-old must now self-isolate for 14 days and fellow player Romain Wattel was also withdrawn from the event after being identified as one of Levy’s contacts at Celtic Manor.

Wattel and Levy’s caddie Tom Ayling have returned negative tests.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Thomas Pieters
-7
64
T2
Toby Tree
-6
65
T2
Jake McLeod
-6
65
T4
Marc Warren
-5
66
T4
Adrian Meronk
-5
66
T4
Guido Migliozzi
-5
66
T4
Sebastian Soderberg
-5
66
T4
Edoardo Molinari
-5
66
T4
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-5
66
T4
Sihwan Kim
-5
66
T11
James Morrison
-4
67
T11
Dave Coupland
-4
67
T11
Wil Besseling
-4
67
T11
Nicolas Colsaerts
-4
67
T11
Aaron Rai
-4
67
T11
Thomas Detry
-4
67
T11
Steven Brown
-4
67
T11
Lorenzo Gagli
-4
67
T11
Sam Horsfield
-4
67
T11
Matthew Southgate
-4
67
T11
Andrew Johnston
-4
67
T22
Jordan Smith
-3
68
T22
Sean Crocker
-3
68
T22
Connor Syme
-3
68
T22
Callum Shinkwin
-3
68
T22
Jonathan Caldwell
-3
68
T22
John Catlin
-3
68
T22
Maverick Antcliff
-3
68
T22
Matthew Jordan
-3
68
T22
David Horsey
-3
68
T22
Martin Simonsen
-3
68
T22
Joel Sjoholm
-3
68
T22
Ben Stow
-3
68
T34
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-2
69
T34
Francesco Laporta
-2
69
T34
Oscar Lengden
-2
69
T34
Rhys Enoch
-2
69
T34
Anton Karlsson
-2
69
T34
Adrian Otaegui
-2
69
T34
Justin Harding
-2
69
T34
Richie Ramsay
-2
69
T34
Sebastian Heisele
-2
69
T34
Scott Vincent
-2
69
T34
Jack Senior
-2
69
T34
Maximilian Kieffer
-2
69
T34
Jason Scrivener
-2
69
T34
Zander Lombard
-2
69
T34
Min Woo Lee
-2
69
T34
Ryan Fox
-2
69
T50
Wilco Nienaber
-1
70
T50
Carlos Pigem
-1
70
T50
Justin Walters
-1
70
T50
Nicolai Højgaard
-1
70
T50
Bryce Easton
-1
70
T50
Aaron Cockerill
-1
70
T50
Jbe Kruger
-1
70
T50
Andy Sullivan
-1
70
T50
Masahiro Kawamura
-1
70
T50
Jens Fahrbring
-1
70
T50
Oliver Fisher
-1
70
T50
Calum Hill
-1
70
T50
Damien Perrier
-1
70
T50
Gavin Kyle Green
-1
70
T50
Kurt Kitayama
-1
70
T50
Jamie Donaldson
-1
70
T50
Pablo Larrazabal
-1
70
T50
Alvaro Quiros
-1
70
T50
Jacques Kruyswijk
-1
70
T50
Søren Kjeldsen
-1
70
T50
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-1
70
T50
Robin Roussel
-1
70
T50
Ross McGowan
-1
70
56
Romain Wattel
E
T73
Alexander Björk
E
71
T73
Michael Campbell
E
71
T73
Bernd Ritthammer
E
71
T73
Thorbjørn Olesen
E
71
T73
Kristoffer Reitan
E
71
T73
Brandon Stone
E
71
T73
Shubhankar Sharma
E
71
T73
Cormac Sharvin
E
71
T73
Lorenzo Scalise
E
71
T73
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
E
71
T73
Scott Jamieson
E
71
T73
Louis De Jager
E
71
T73
Nino Bertasio
E
71
T73
Lee Slattery
E
71
T73
Dean Burmester
E
71
T73
Sami Välimäki
E
71
T89
Joost Luiten
1
72
T89
Ross Fisher
1
72
T89
Chris Paisley
1
72
T89
Julian Suri
1
72
T89
Marcel Schneider
1
72
T89
Johannes Veerman
1
72
T89
Ashley Chesters
1
72
T89
Jorge Campillo
1
72
T89
Clement Sordet
1
72
T89
Grant Forrest
1
72
T89
Eduardo De la Riva
1
72
T89
Antoine Rozner
1
72
T89
Dale Whitnell
1
72
T102
Haydn Porteous
2
73
T102
Oliver Farr
2
73
T102
Adri Arnaus
2
73
T102
Matthew Baldwin
2
73
T102
Rikard Karlberg
2
73
T102
Stephen Gallacher
2
73
T108
Niklas Lemke
3
74
T108
Renato Paratore
3
74
T108
Laurie Canter
3
74
T108
Benjamin Poke
3
74
T108
Gavin Moynihan
3
74
T113
Richard Bland
4
75
T113
Lars van Meijel
4
75
T113
JC Ritchie
4
75
T113
Marcus Armitage
4
75
T113
Garrick Porteous
4
75
T113
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
4
75
T113
Stephen Dodd
4
75
T113
Steven Tiley
4
75
T113
Andrew Palmer
4
75
T113
Paul McGinley
4
75
T113
Scott Hend
4
75
T113
Darius van Driel
4
75
125
Ben Evans
5
76
T126
Liam Johnston
6
77
T126
Oliver Wilson
6
77
T128
Alejandro Cañizares
7
78
T128
Lucas Bjerregaard
7
78
T130
Andrea Pavan
8
79
T130
Zach Murray
8
79
132
David Howell
9
80