European Tour

D+D REAL Czech Masters 2018

August 23-26

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

€1,000,000

August 23-26

Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic

€1,000,000

Round 1

Pieters impresses Padraig in Prague

August 23, 2018

Thomas Pieters laid down an early marker at the D+D Real Czech Masters as the Ryder Cup-chasing Belgian carded an eight under par opening round 64 to take a share of the lead, alongside two-time Major winner John Daly and two others.

Pieters impresses Padraig in Prague, © Getty Images

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It was a real statement of intent from the 26 year old, playing alongside Ryder Cup Assistant Captain Padraig Harrington and the European Tour's most recent champion Paul Waring – who both enjoyed strong starts of their own with a pair of 66s.

“I drove it pretty well and I putted really well. I'm just keeping going whatever I had going in America and I'm happy with the start. I love it here. It really suits my eye off the tee and it's just a matter of making the putts over the rest of the week if I keep hitting it like that."

“I'd rather go one better here and then do the same next week but I'm going to worry about tomorrow first and then Saturday, a day at a time."

“I don't think we made a bogey between the three of us and that's a lot of birdies between us so it's fun when everybody gets it going and hopefully the same tomorrow."

Pieters will surely be feeling a sense of deja vú after day one at Albatross Golf Resort. He opened with a 66 in 2015 on his way to winning this very event, while a runner-up finish here a year later - followed by a win the following week in Denmark - was enough to secure a wildcard selection from 2016 Ryder Cup Captain Darren Clarke. He will be hoping to repeat that feat over the next two weeks.

Pieters was joined at the top by American Daly, who has a runner-up finish to his name on the Staysure Tour in Europe this year, young Englishman Callum Tarren and Malaysian prospect Gavin Green.

“It was fun," said Daly. "I hit a lot of good shots today, made a few putts. It's been one of those years where I've been hitting it really good, I've just been injured and having to pull out. I don't feel great but I got around today and I just played solid golf and it's great. It feels good."

“Today there were so many pins that were perfect yardages for me. They were just comfortable shots all day long. Tomorrow maybe more half shots and more full shots but for me, it was just one of those days where the yardages into the greens were so perfect it made it a little easier. It was a very comfortable swinging round today and if I can do that every day, the injuries don't tend to hurt as much."

Eddie Pepperell is also in with a shot of forcing is way onto Thomas Bjørn's European team and he did his chances no harm with a six under 66 to move into a share of tenth alongside eight others including Harrington and his fellow Ryder Cup Assistant Captain Lee Westwood.

“I am happy with that," said Pepperell. "I didn't really have too many expectations this morning, I hit the ball badly on the range and my putter didn't feel very good warming up so I was really surprised to shoot the score I shot. It's nice when you come off the course pleasantly surprised in this game."

“Apparently I could be close to The Ryder Cup team, but it's not something I'm focussed on. If I hit a bad six iron then I'm so angry with that that The Ryder Cup is well out of the mind, but that's a good thing that I'm like that right now and I intend it to stay that way. I don't feel any extra pressure."

“Usually I'm a slow starter so to have given myself something to build on this yearly in the week is pleasing and who knows what the weather looks like tomorrow. I remember Friday last year being awful weather and I remember Lee Slattery shooting a really low round, so I'm going to go have a coffee with Lee now and maybe pick his brains.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Callum Tarren
ENG
-8
64
T1
Gavin Green
MAS
-8
64
T1
John Daly
USA
-8
64
T1
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-8
64
T5
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
65
T5
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
65
T5
Jeff Winther
SWE
-7
65
T5
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
65
T5
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
65
T10
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-6
66
T10
Connor Syme
SCO
-6
66
T10
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
66
T10
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
T10
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-6
66
T10
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-6
66
T10
Paul Waring
ENG
-6
66
T10
Peter Hanson
SWE
-6
66
T10
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-6
66
T19
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
67
T19
Alexander Knappe
GER
-5
67
T19
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
67
T19
Chase Koepka
USA
-5
67
T19
Oliver Farr
WAL
-5
67
T19
Pep Angles
ESP
-5
67
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
67
T19
Ryan Evans
ENG
-5
67
T19
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-5
67
T19
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-5
67
T29
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
68
T29
Bradley Neil
SCO
-4
68
T29
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
68
T29
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
68
T29
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-4
68
T29
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-4
68
T29
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
68
T29
Marc Warren
SCO
-4
68
T29
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
68
T29
Nick Cullen
AUS
-4
68
T29
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-4
68
T29
Steven Brown
ENG
-4
68
T41
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
69
T41
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
69
T41
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
69
T41
Daniel Im
USA
-3
69
T41
David Howell
ENG
-3
69
T41
David Lipsky
USA
-3
69
T41
Davis Love IV
USA
-3
69
T41
Filip Mruzek
CZE
-3
69
T41
Hunter Stewart
USA
-3
69
T41
Jan Cafourek
CZE
-3
69
T41
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
69
T41
Laurie Canter
ENG
-3
69
T41
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
69
T41
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
T41
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
69
T41
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T41
Ondrej Lieser
CZE
-3
69
T41
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-3
69
T41
Peter Karmis
RSA
-3
69
T41
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-3
69
T41
Richard Bland
ENG
-3
69
T41
Simon Khan
ENG
-3
69
T41
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
69
T41
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
69
T65
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
70
T65
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
-2
70
T65
Charlie Ford
ENG
-2
70
T65
Danthai Boonma
THA
-2
70
T65
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
70
T65
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-2
70
T65
JC Ritchie
RSA
-2
70
T65
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-2
70
T65
James Morrison
ENG
-2
70
T65
Johan Edfors
SWE
-2
70
T65
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
70
T65
Lukas Tintera
CZE
-2
70
T65
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-2
70
T65
Matt Ford
ENG
-2
70
T65
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
T65
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-2
70
T65
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
70
T65
Paul Peterson
USA
-2
70
T65
Rak Cho
KOR
-2
70
T65
Rene Gruber
AUT
-2
70
T65
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-2
70
T65
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
70
T87
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
71
T87
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
T87
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-1
71
T87
Ales Korinek
CZE
-1
71
T87
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
71
T87
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
71
T87
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
71
T87
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
71
T87
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-1
71
T87
Hugo Leon
CHI
-1
71
T87
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
T87
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-1
71
T87
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-1
71
T87
Joel Stalter
FRA
-1
71
T87
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
71
T87
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-1
71
T87
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
71
T87
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
71
T87
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
-1
71
T87
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-1
71
T87
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T87
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
71
T87
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
71
T110
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
72
T110
Carlos Pigem
ESP
Par
72
T110
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
72
T110
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
72
T110
Daniel Suchan
CZE
Par
72
T110
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
72
T110
Florian Fritsch
GER
Par
72
T110
Garrick Porteous
ENG
Par
72
T110
Gary Stal
FRA
Par
72
T110
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
72
T110
Jack Munro
AUS
Par
72
T110
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
72
T110
Liam Robinson
ENG
Par
72
T110
Mark Tullo
CHL
Par
72
T110
Mateusz Gradecki
POL
Par
72
T110
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
72
T110
Paul McBride
IRL
Par
72
T110
Sebastian Heisele
GER
Par
72
T110
Stanislav Matus
CZE
Par
72
T110
Steve Webster
ENG
Par
72
T130
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
73
T130
Daniel Brooks
ENG
1
73
T130
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T130
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
73
T130
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
1
73
T130
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
73
T130
Simon Zach
CZE
1
73
T130
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
T138
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
2
74
T138
Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon
FRA
2
74
T138
Sam Brazel
AUS
2
74
T138
Vaclav Tichy
CZE
2
74
T142
Adam Puchmelter
SVK
3
75
T142
Adrian Meronk
POL
3
75
T142
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
75
T142
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
75
T142
Matthew Millar
AUS
3
75
T142
Michal Pospisil
CZE
3
75
T142
Romain Wattel
FRA
3
75
T149
Benedict Staben
GER
4
76
T149
Christopher Doak
SCO
4
76
T149
Jan Friesz
SVK
4
76
T149
Oscar Serna
MEX
4
76
T149
Paul Howard
ENG
4
76
T149
Peter Valasek
SVK
4
76
155
Jason Norris
AUS
5
77
156
Petr Dedek
CZE
7
79
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Callum Tarren
ENG
-8
64
T1
Gavin Green
MAS
-8
64
T1
John Daly
USA
-8
64
T1
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-8
64
T5
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-7
65
T5
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-7
65
T5
Jeff Winther
SWE
-7
65
T5
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
65
T5
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-7
65
T10
Andrew Dodt
AUS
-6
66
T10
Connor Syme
SCO
-6
66
T10
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-6
66
T10
Lee Westwood
ENG
-6
66
T10
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-6
66
T10
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-6
66
T10
Paul Waring
ENG
-6
66
T10
Peter Hanson
SWE
-6
66
T10
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-6
66
T19
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
67
T19
Alexander Knappe
GER
-5
67
T19
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-5
67
T19
Chase Koepka
USA
-5
67
T19
Oliver Farr
WAL
-5
67
T19
Pep Angles
ESP
-5
67
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
67
T19
Ryan Evans
ENG
-5
67
T19
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-5
67
T19
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-5
67
T29
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
68
T29
Bradley Neil
SCO
-4
68
T29
Danny Willett
ENG
-4
68
T29
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
68
T29
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-4
68
T29
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-4
68
T29
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
68
T29
Marc Warren
SCO
-4
68
T29
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
68
T29
Nick Cullen
AUS
-4
68
T29
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-4
68
T29
Steven Brown
ENG
-4
68
T41
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
69
T41
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
69
T41
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
69
T41
Daniel Im
USA
-3
69
T41
David Howell
ENG
-3
69
T41
David Lipsky
USA
-3
69
T41
Davis Love IV
USA
-3
69
T41
Filip Mruzek
CZE
-3
69
T41
Hunter Stewart
USA
-3
69
T41
Jan Cafourek
CZE
-3
69
T41
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-3
69
T41
Laurie Canter
ENG
-3
69
T41
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-3
69
T41
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-3
69
T41
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-3
69
T41
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T41
Ondrej Lieser
CZE
-3
69
T41
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-3
69
T41
Peter Karmis
RSA
-3
69
T41
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-3
69
T41
Richard Bland
ENG
-3
69
T41
Simon Khan
ENG
-3
69
T41
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
69
T41
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
69
T65
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
70
T65
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
-2
70
T65
Charlie Ford
ENG
-2
70
T65
Danthai Boonma
THA
-2
70
T65
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-2
70
T65
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-2
70
T65
JC Ritchie
RSA
-2
70
T65
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-2
70
T65
James Morrison
ENG
-2
70
T65
Johan Edfors
SWE
-2
70
T65
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
70
T65
Lukas Tintera
CZE
-2
70
T65
Marcus Armitage
ENG
-2
70
T65
Matt Ford
ENG
-2
70
T65
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
70
T65
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-2
70
T65
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
70
T65
Paul Peterson
USA
-2
70
T65
Rak Cho
KOR
-2
70
T65
Rene Gruber
AUT
-2
70
T65
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-2
70
T65
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-2
70
T87
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
71
T87
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
T87
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
-1
71
T87
Ales Korinek
CZE
-1
71
T87
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
71
T87
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-1
71
T87
Clement Sordet
FRA
-1
71
T87
David Drysdale
SCO
-1
71
T87
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-1
71
T87
Hugo Leon
CHI
-1
71
T87
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
T87
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-1
71
T87
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
-1
71
T87
Joel Stalter
FRA
-1
71
T87
Josh Geary
NZL
-1
71
T87
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-1
71
T87
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
71
T87
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
71
T87
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
-1
71
T87
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-1
71
T87
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
71
T87
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
71
T87
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
71
T110
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
72
T110
Carlos Pigem
ESP
Par
72
T110
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
72
T110
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
72
T110
Daniel Suchan
CZE
Par
72
T110
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
72
T110
Florian Fritsch
GER
Par
72
T110
Garrick Porteous
ENG
Par
72
T110
Gary Stal
FRA
Par
72
T110
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
Par
72
T110
Jack Munro
AUS
Par
72
T110
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
72
T110
Liam Robinson
ENG
Par
72
T110
Mark Tullo
CHL
Par
72
T110
Mateusz Gradecki
POL
Par
72
T110
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
Par
72
T110
Paul McBride
IRL
Par
72
T110
Sebastian Heisele
GER
Par
72
T110
Stanislav Matus
CZE
Par
72
T110
Steve Webster
ENG
Par
72
T130
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
73
T130
Daniel Brooks
ENG
1
73
T130
Marcel Siem
GER
1
73
T130
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
73
T130
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
1
73
T130
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
1
73
T130
Simon Zach
CZE
1
73
T130
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
73
T138
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
2
74
T138
Mathieu Decottignies-Lafon
FRA
2
74
T138
Sam Brazel
AUS
2
74
T138
Vaclav Tichy
CZE
2
74
T142
Adam Puchmelter
SVK
3
75
T142
Adrian Meronk
POL
3
75
T142
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
75
T142
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
75
T142
Matthew Millar
AUS
3
75
T142
Michal Pospisil
CZE
3
75
T142
Romain Wattel
FRA
3
75
T149
Benedict Staben
GER
4
76
T149
Christopher Doak
SCO
4
76
T149
Jan Friesz
SVK
4
76
T149
Oscar Serna
MEX
4
76
T149
Paul Howard
ENG
4
76
T149
Peter Valasek
SVK
4
76
155
Jason Norris
AUS
5
77
156
Petr Dedek
CZE
7
79