D+D Real Czech Masters R1

Henrik Stenson takes share of the lead in Prague

Czech Masters 2021 R1
August 19-22
Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Czech Masters 2021 R1 - Henrik Stenson takes share of the lead in Prague
Henrik Stenson (Oisin Keniry/Getty Images)

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Henrik Stenson’s goal of making the Ryder Cup team at Whitling Straits is looking closer to coming true after the Swede took the lead at 5-under in front of European Team captain Padraig Harrington at the D+D Real Czech Masters.


Czech Masters 2021 R1

Stenson has had an impressive career but has not won on the European Tour since the Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2016 and is currently 204th on the Official World Golf Ranking. His recent form includes eleven missed cuts in his last 16 events but there was no sign of faltering on Thursday when he produced three birdies and an eagle at the par-5 9th hole for a bogey-free 67.

“I’m very happy with the score. I hit some really good shots, on nine in particular, those two good ones. There were a couple of swings I’m not overly happy with – my commitment – I’ve been working hard on the swing, I need to keep on working hard. I still managed to miss in the right places and kept it tidy around the greens and the putter was working fine today. I’m happy with the score and the progress I’m making. Commitment can be a little better and confidence can definitely be a little bit better.


Czech Masters 2021 R1

“Nine, I hit a really good drive off the tee and it left me all of a three wood left. That was one of the best three woods I’ve hit for years and years. I hit a really good one in the Pro-Am as well, so it was copy and paste and it’s nice to have a three-footer for eagle.”


Czech Masters 2021 R1

Australian Maverick Antcliff fired six birdies and a bogey to join him in first place.

“It was nice. I got off to a solid start and tried to keep things moving forward – trying to feed off all the good stuff from last week.

“I have that conversation with my sports-psych every week. I think last week there was a lot of good stuff, just finished Saturday Sunday not as well as I’d have liked – a lot of positives. Just trying to stay patient, it’s all the clichés – patience, taking it one shot at a time, staying present, that’s what I tried to do today really.

“Fairways, greens, hole a couple of putts. Take opportunities when you get them. It’s a nice layout, great condition and the greens are good.”


Czech Masters 2021 R1

Englishmen Sam Horsfield and Danny Willett are tied for third place at 4-under alongside South African Dean Burmester, Americans Sean Crocker and Paul Peterson, Dane Nicolai Højgaard, Czech Ondrej Lieser, Pole Adrian Meronk and Finn Tapio Pulkkanen.

“A little bit up and down: seven birdies, a bogey and a double. Lots of good and a couple of iffy ones we got punished for,” said Willett. “A nice start to the week. I played yesterday, it’s slightly different to how I remember it. A little bit more defined. I was intrigued to see how scoring would go, with a bit of wind over the last three days – kind of what I thought. Scores around here are notoriously quite low, it’ll maybe be slightly higher this year with how the wind and the weather has been.”

Czech Masters 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Maverick Antcliff
-5
67
T1
Henrik Stenson
-5
67
T3
Ondrej Lieser
-4
68
T3
Sam Horsfield
-4
68
T3
Dean Burmester
-4
68
T3
Sean Crocker
-4
68
T3
Tapio Pulkkanen *
-4
68
T3
Adrian Meronk *
-4
68
T3
Danny Willett *
-4
68
T3
Paul Peterson
-4
68
T11
Jacques Kruyswijk
-3
69
T11
Aaron Cockerill
-3
69
T11
Daniel van Tonder *
-3
69
T11
Sebastian Heisele *
-3
69
T11
Nicolai Højgaard *
-3
69
T11
Marcel Schneider
-3
69
T11
Janne Kaske *
-3
69
T18
Daniel Young (a) *
-2
70
T18
Philip Eriksson *
-2
70
T18
SSP Chawrasia *
-2
70
T18
Steven Tiley *
-2
70
T18
Richard Mansell
-2
70
T18
Ryan Fox
-2
70
T18
Padraig Harrington
-2
70
T18
JC Ritchie *
-2
70
T18
Shiv Kapur *
-2
70
T18
Sebastian Soderberg *
-2
70
T18
Ross McGowan *
-2
70
T18
Søren Kjeldsen *
-2
70
T18
Niklas Lemke
-2
70
T18
Tae Hee Lee
-2
70
T18
Gary Stal *
-2
70
T18
Oliver Fisher
-2
70
T18
Pep Angles
-2
70
T18
Jordan Wrisdale
-2
70
T18
Joakim Lagergren
-2
70
T37
Lee Slattery
-1
71
T37
Marcel Siem
-1
71
T37
Nino Bertasio
-1
71
T37
Jazz Janewattananond *
-1
71
T37
Joost Luiten *
-1
71
T37
Michal Pospisil (a) *
-1
71
T37
Rory Sabbatini *
-1
71
T37
Vincent Norrman *
-1
71
T37
Deyen Lawson *
-1
71
T37
Adrien Pendaries
-1
71
T37
Gavin Moynihan *
-1
71
T37
Robin Roussel *
-1
71
T37
Callum Shinkwin
-1
71
T37
Zander Lombard
-1
71
T37
Johannes Veerman
-1
71
T37
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen *
-1
71
T37
Sihwan Kim
-1
71
T54
Lars van Meijel *
E
72
T54
Aron Zemmer *
E
72
T54
Damien Perrier *
E
72
T54
Bryden Macpherson *
E
72
T54
Sami Valimaki
E
72
T54
Emilio Cuartero Blanco *
E
72
T54
Ben Evans *
E
72
T54
Max Schmitt
E
72
T54
Louis De Jager
E
72
T54
Matyas Zapletal *
E
72
T54
Tom Gandy *
E
72
T54
David Howell *
E
72
T54
Yi Keun Chang *
E
72
T54
Berry Henson *
E
72
T54
Haydn Porteous *
E
72
T54
Filip Mruzek *
E
72
T54
Brandon Stone *
E
72
T54
Hugo León
E
72
T54
Clement Sordet
E
72
T73
Darren Fichardt
+1
73
T73
Tadeáš Tetak
+1
73
T73
Jake McLeod
+1
73
T73
Matthew Baldwin *
+1
73
T73
Liam Johnston
+1
73
T73
Jan Cafourek *
+1
73
T73
Benjamin Poke
+1
73
T73
Josh Geary *
+1
73
T73
Romain Wattel
+1
73
T82
Garrick Porteous
+2
74
T82
Adri Arnaus
+2
74
T82
Andrea Pavan *
+2
74
T82
Bryce Easton *
+2
74
T82
Rikard Karlberg *
+2
74
T82
Jesper Sandborg *
+2
74
T82
Chase Hanna *
+2
74
T82
Dave Coupland
+2
74
T82
Ajeetesh Sandhu *
+2
74
T82
Renato Paratore *
+2
74
T82
Bernd Ritthammer *
+2
74
T82
Jiri Zuska (a) *
+2
74
T82
Matej Baca
+2
74
T82
Julien Guerrier
+2
74
T82
Jakub Bares
+2
74
T82
Ales Korinek
+2
74
T82
Michael Feuerstein *
+2
74
T82
Gavin Kyle Green
+2
74
T100
Gordan Brixi
+3
75
T100
Eduardo De la Riva
+3
75
T100
Rhys Enoch
+3
75
T100
Mathiam Keyser *
+3
75
T100
Toby Tree *
+3
75
T100
David Dixon
+3
75
T100
Šimon Zach *
+3
75
T100
Lukas Tintera *
+3
75
T108
Michael Young *
+4
75
T108
Stanislav Matus
+4
76
T108
Liam Robinson *
+4
76
T108
Stepan Danek *
+4
76
T108
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
+4
76
T108
Niall Kearney
+4
76
T108
Joshua Grenville-Wood
+4
76
T115
Carlos Pigem
+5
77
T115
Tyler Koivisto
+5
77
T115
Kristoffer Reitan
+5
77
T115
George Coetzee
+5
77
T115
Maxmilian Jelinek
+5
77
120
Pavol Mach (a) *
+6
78
T121
Gary King *
+7
79
T121
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
+7
79
123
Krystof Strycek
+8
80
124
Sebastian Vida
+17
89
* Player started on the back nine