D+D Real Czech Masters R1

Green lights up Czech Masters with sparkling 64

August 15-18
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
€1,000,000
Live leaderboard
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Gavin Green carded an opening round 64 at the D+D Real Czech Masters for the second successive year, as the Malaysian moved into a one-stroke lead at Albatross Golf Resort thanks to his flawless eight under par round.

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“The first few holes today, honestly I felt like I was still in holiday mode. I had four weeks off and was just at home and really just shut down for a few weeks. It was obviously a really good opening round, I just kept everything in play and hit a lot of shots close to the pins so I didn’t have a hard putt. I gave myself a lot of looks at birdies and thankfully it turned out OK.

“I’ve been enjoying myself at home the last few weeks, eating a lot, sleeping a lot and driving my car – just being a regular person as opposed to practising all the time. I didn’t practise for two weeks so a complete shut down, just enjoying life.”


The 25 year old was in a similar position at the 2018 edition of this event, when he shared the first round lead with three others on eight under, and he eventually finished in third position for his best finish of the season.

“It is a little tougher last year than last year. I remember the ball bouncing on the fairways more and the first bounces no the greens were a little firmer. It’s all backspin on the greens here now, so you had to taker spin off – pretty different to last year.

“I don’t know what it is about this place. I think the course suits me well and it helps if you hit it a little longer and a little higher. It helps to be able to stop the ball on the greens. If you get a good drive away you just have a wedge in your hand, and you can take advantage of that.”

Green has been on the form of his life this summer on the European Tour with three top tens in his last five appearance, including one at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open – a Rolex Series event. He carried that confidence to Prague after a four-week break and the former Asian Tour Order of Merit winner finished the day a shot clear of South African Erik van Rooyen and Englishman Lee Slattery.

“I’m playing well and it was nice to be home for a little bit of a break the last few weeks,” said van Rooyen. “There’s a lot of drivers here and I just love hitting driver. The greens are relatively soft at the moment after all the rain so you can throw pretty much any iron close to the hole. You’ve got to strike the ball well and that’s one of my strengths.

“The goal is to get a win and hopefully more than one. I think it’s been a good start to the year up until this point so we’ll just keep pushing.”

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Former Ryder Cup winner Edoardo Molinari was among the six players a shot further back on six under, while Bernd Wiesberger’s recent hot streak showed no sign of slowing – the Austrian opening with a five under 67.

“I felt like I needed a couple of weeks off,” said Wiesberger. “We had some great weeks, mentally tiring weeks before the last break but we decided to come out and not make that break too long.

“We had a couple of days’ practice in the last week with the whole team and it kind of leaped over. I started off really nicely today, hit the brakes a little bit early in the back nine but all in all, I would have taken an opening round like this.

“I try not to make whatever happens out here too dependent on how I feel off the golf course and in my life, but I certainly appreciate what has happened the last couple of weeks.

“I try to feed off it and not take it for granted either. Keep working and try to keep producing good scores and just enjoy myself out there.

“Even though I hit bad shots the frustration is maybe a little shorter than it used to be so therefore it’s just a pleasure being out there and being in a position to play for these events again.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Gavin Green
MAS
-8
64
T2
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-7
65
T2
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
65
T4
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-6
66
T4
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-6
66
T4
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-6
66
T4
Hugo Leon
CHI
-6
66
T4
Kim Koivu
FIN
-6
66
T4
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
-6
66
T10
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
67
T10
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
-5
67
T10
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-5
67
T10
Liam Johnston
SCO
-5
67
T10
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-5
67
T10
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-5
67
T16
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
68
T16
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-4
68
T16
Bryce Easton
RSA
-4
68
T16
Romain Wattel
FRA
-4
68
T16
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-4
68
T16
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-4
68
T22
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
69
T22
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-3
69
T22
Chris Hanson
ENG
-3
69
T22
Julian Suri
USA
-3
69
T22
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-3
69
T22
David Howell
ENG
-3
69
T22
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-3
69
T22
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
69
T22
Jeff Winther
SWE
-3
69
T22
Pep Angles
ESP
-3
69
T22
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-3
69
T22
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
69
T22
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
-3
69
T22
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
69
T22
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-3
69
T22
Ryan Evans
ENG
-3
69
T22
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
-3
69
T39
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
70
T39
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-2
70
T39
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-2
70
T39
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-2
70
T39
Berry Henson
USA
-2
70
T39
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
70
T39
Paul Waring
ENG
-2
70
T39
John Catlin
USA
-2
70
T39
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
70
T39
Liam Robinson
ENG
-2
70
T39
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-2
70
T39
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
70
T39
Paul Dunne
IRL
-2
70
T39
Chris Lloyd
ENG
-2
70
T39
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
70
T39
Jakub Bares
CZE
-2
70
T39
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-2
70
T39
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
70
T39
Tom Murray
ENG
-2
70
T39
Ales Korinek
CZE
-2
70
T39
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
70
T39
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-2
70
T39
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
-2
70
T39
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-2
70
T39
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-2
70
T39
Brett Rumford
AUS
-2
70
T39
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-2
70
T39
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
70
T39
JC Ritchie
RSA
-2
70
T39
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-2
70
T39
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
70
T39
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-2
70
T39
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-2
70
T72
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-1
71
T72
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
71
T72
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-1
71
T72
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-1
71
T72
Matthiam Keyser
RSA
-1
71
T72
Stanislav Matus
CZE
-1
71
T72
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-1
71
T72
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-1
71
T72
Marc Warren
SCO
-1
71
T72
Marcel Schneider
GER
-1
71
T72
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-1
71
T72
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
71
T72
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
-1
71
T72
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-1
71
T72
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-1
71
T72
Stuart Manley
WAL
-1
71
T72
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
71
T72
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-1
71
T72
Louis De Jager
RSA
-1
71
T91
Duncan Stewart
SCO
Par
72
T91
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
72
T91
Pedro Oriol
ESP
Par
72
T91
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
72
T91
David Law
SCO
Par
72
T91
David Borda
ESP
Par
72
T91
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
72
T91
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
72
T91
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
72
T91
Philipp Mejow
GER
Par
72
T91
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
72
T91
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
Par
72
T91
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
Par
72
T91
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
Par
72
T91
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
Par
72
T91
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
72
T91
Deyen Lawson
AUS
Par
72
T91
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
72
T109
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
73
T109
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
1
73
T109
Jan Cafourek
CZE
1
73
T109
George Coetzee
RSA
1
73
T109
James Morrison
ENG
1
73
T109
Lee Westwood
ENG
1
73
T109
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
73
T109
Pavol Mach
SVK
1
73
T109
Michal Pospisil
CZE
1
73
T109
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
73
T109
Aaron Leitmannstetter
GER
1
73
T109
Adam Bland
AUS
1
73
T109
Filip Mruzek
CZE
1
73
T109
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
1
73
T109
Ernie Els
RSA
1
73
T109
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
73
T109
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
73
T109
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
73
T109
Peter Valasek
SVK
1
73
T128
Scott Gregory
ENG
2
74
T128
Per Laengfors
SWE
2
74
T128
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
74
T128
Espen Kofstad
NOR
2
74
T128
Matteo Manassero
ITA
2
74
T128
Lukas Tintera
CZE
2
74
T128
Simon Zach
CZE
2
74
T128
Niklas Lemke
SWE
2
74
T128
Jiri Zuska
CZE
2
74
T128
Paul Peterson
USA
2
74
T128
David Horsey
ENG
2
74
T128
Marcel Siem
GER
2
74
T128
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
2
74
T141
Grant Forrest
SCO
3
75
T141
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
3
75
T143
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
4
76
T143
Max Orrin
ENG
4
76
T143
Tom Lewis
ENG
4
76
T143
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
4
76
T143
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
4
76
T148
Max Schmitt
GER
5
77
T148
Filip Raza
CZE
5
77
T148
Josh Geary
NZL
5
77
T148
Jarin Todd
USA
5
77
T152
Austin Connelly
CAN
6
78
T152
Stefan Palenik
SVK
6
78
T152
Petr Hruby
CZE
6
78
T152
Daniel Suchan
CZE
6
78
156
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
7
79