D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge R1

Darius van Driel charges to the top in Slovakia

July 04-07
Penati Golf Resort, Senica, Slovakia
€200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Darius van Driel fired an opening round of 64, eight under par, to take the lead after the opening round of the D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge.

Slovakia Challenge R1 - Darius van Driel charges to the top in Slovakia
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The Dutchman opened with six consecutive birdies at Penati Golf Resort to finish the day two shots clear of his closest challengers, Spaniard Samuel Del Val and England’s Jack Senior.

It is the latest impressive performance for Van Driel, who finished in second place at the Belgian Knockout last month, a career-best performance on the European Tour.

‘’Six birdies in a row is always a nice way to start! I hit it close on all the opening six holes, so it wasn’t too hard to tap them in, but you have still got to make the putts,’’ he said.


‘’I was eight under par through 11 holes and I was thinking to myself that there’s a couple more birdie opportunities out there, but as soon as you do that you lose your momentum. 

‘’I have been playing on the European Tour for the past three weeks and compared to Valderrama the course feels pretty wide. Nonetheless, it’s a course where you get rewarded for hitting straight shots and I was able to do that today, so overall really happy with my performance.’’

Meanwhile, Senior continued the good form that saw him seal his spot in The Open Championship field by progressing through Final Qualifying at St Annes Old Links on Tuesday, firing an opening round of 66, six under par, to lie two shots off the lead in Slovakia. 

It was a quick turn around for the Englishman, who played 36-holes in Final Qualifying on Tuesday, before catching a plane to Slovakia only 24 hours before his opening round. Despite a delayed flight preventing the 2015 Scottish Hydro Challenge champion from playing the course prior to teeing it up on Thursday, he played flawless golf on day one, carding two birdies and two eagles on his way to a bogey-free opening round.  

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A group of eight players sit three shots behind Van Driel in tied fourth on five under par, which includes 2019 Hauts de France Pas de Calais Golf Open champion Robin Roussel.

Van Driel will begin his second round tomorrow at 1:40pm local time, with Senior getting his round underway at 7:40am and Del Val set for 2:10pm.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-8
64
2
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-6
66
2
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-6
66
4
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
-5
67
4
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
-5
67
4
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-5
67
4
MICHAEL Anthony
RSA
-5
67
4
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-5
67
4
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-5
67
4
RIU Victor
FRA
-5
67
4
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-5
67
12
BOOTE David
WAL
-4
68
12
CARLSSON Magnus A
SWE
-4
68
12
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-4
68
12
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-4
68
12
FARR Oliver
WAL
-4
68
12
GEARY Josh
NZL
-4
68
12
HOWIE Craig
SCO
-4
68
12
HUIZING Daan
NED
-4
68
12
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-4
68
12
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-4
68
12
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-4
68
12
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-4
68
12
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-4
68
25
DAYDOU Alexandre
FRA
-3
69
25
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-3
69
25
DEL MORAL Carlos
ESP
-3
69
25
ELLIS Harry
ENG
-3
69
25
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-3
69
25
GRENVILLE-WOOD Joshua
ENG
-3
69
25
IM Daniel
USA
-3
69
25
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-3
69
25
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-3
69
25
KOEPKA Chase
USA
-3
69
25
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-3
69
25
PIAGET Sandro
MON
-3
69
25
STARK Oscar
SWE
-3
69
25
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
-3
69
25
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-3
69
25
WIDEGREN Pontus
SWE
-3
69
25
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-3
69
25
WRISDALE Jordan
ENG
-3
69
43
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
-2
70
43
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-2
70
43
BESSELING Wil
NED
-2
70
43
BLAND Richard
ENG
-2
70
43
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
-2
70
43
BRUN Julien
FRA
-2
70
43
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-2
70
43
ERIKSSON Martin
SWE
-2
70
43
GAVINS Daniel
ENG
-2
70
43
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
-2
70
43
HELLIGKILDE Marcus
DEN
-2
70
43
HØJGAARD Nicolai
DEN
-2
70
43
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-2
70
43
MACH (AM) Pavol
SVK
-2
70
43
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-2
70
43
RITTHAMMER Bernd
GER
-2
70
43
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-2
70
43
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-2
70
43
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-2
70
62
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
-1
71
62
CANTER Laurie
ENG
-1
71
62
CARLSSON Johan
SWE
-1
71
62
CARON Rowin
NED
-1
71
62
CHO Rak hyun
KOR
-1
71
62
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
-1
71
62
DOHERTY Jack
SCO
-1
71
62
GLOET Christian
DEN
-1
71
62
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
-1
71
62
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
-1
71
62
KUNZENBACHER Julian
GER
-1
71
62
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-1
71
62
MRUZEK Filip
CZE
-1
71
62
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-1
71
62
TREE Toby
ENG
-1
71
62
VECCHI FOSSA Jacopo
ITA
-1
71
62
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
-1
71
79
CAFOUREK Jan
CZE
0
72
79
CARLOTA Joao
POR
0
72
79
FRITSCH Florian
GER
0
72
79
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
0
72
79
HOLMES Evan
CAN
0
72
79
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
0
72
79
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
0
72
79
MERONK Adrian
POL
0
72
79
PAPADATOS Dimitrios
AUS
0
72
79
ROBB Chris
SCO
0
72
79
ROSS Craig
SCO
0
72
79
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
0
72
79
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
0
72
79
SIEM Marcel
GER
0
72
79
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
0
72
94
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
1
73
94
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
1
73
94
GALIANO AGUILAR Mario
ESP
1
73
94
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
1
73
94
MADDY Paul
ENG
1
73
94
MEJOW Philipp
GER
1
73
94
SAXTON Reinier
NED
1
73
94
STOW Ben
ENG
1
73
94
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
1
73
94
ZUSTAK (AM) Lukas
SVK
1
73
104
ANGLES Pep
ESP
2
74
104
BERNA MANZANARES Daniel
ESP
2
74
104
BRIXI (AM) Gordan
CZE
2
74
104
CEA Michele
ITA
2
74
104
ECCLES Ben
AUS
2
74
104
GANE Chris
ENG
2
74
104
JOHANSSON Niclas
SWE
2
74
104
KRISTJANSSON Gudmundur
ISL
2
74
104
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
2
74
104
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
2
74
104
MURRAY Tom
ENG
2
74
104
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
2
74
104
PUCHMELTER Adam
SVK
2
74
104
SPOONER Billy
ENG
2
74
104
TILEY Steven
ENG
2
74
119
ALBERTUS Max
NED
3
75
119
BREZOVSKY Michal
SVK
3
75
119
CASALEGNO Carlo
ITA
3
75
119
GEYGER Nico
CHI
3
75
119
GROS Sébastien
FRA
3
75
119
KEYSER Mathiam
RSA
3
75
119
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
3
75
119
MOHR Marcus
ENG
3
75
119
OLSEN Aksel
NOR
3
75
119
VALASEK Peter
SVK
3
75
119
YOUNG Mark
ENG
3
75
130
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
4
76
130
DANEK Stepan
CZE
4
76
130
GAL Petr
CZE
4
76
130
LEITMANNSTETTER Aaron
GER
4
76
130
ROBINSON Liam
ENG
4
76
130
WITTMANN Sebastian
AUT
4
76
130
ZUNIC Jordan
AUS
4
76
137
ACIKALIN (AM) Leon
TUR
5
77
137
CLEMENTS Todd
ENG
5
77
137
SUCHAN Daniel
CZE
5
77
140
KORINEK Ales
CZE
6
78
140
MRUZEK Peter
CZE
6
78
142
BECK Tomas
CZE
7
79
142
FORD Charlie
ENG
7
79
142
GALLIANO Luca
SUI
7
79
142
MUNRO Jack
AUS
7
79
142
RENOLDS Lindsay
CAN
7
79
147
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
8
80
147
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
8
80
147
MURRAY Michael
USA
8
80
147
YAMAC (AM) Taner
TUR
8
80
147
ZACH (AM) Šimon
CZE
8
80
152
SIWY (AM) David
CZE
10
82
153
LUCANSKY (AM) Branislav
SVK
11
83
154
FRIESZ Jan
SVK
14
86
155
VIDA (AM) Sebastian
SVK
18
90
156
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
0
0