Dubai Duty Free Irish Open R1

Trio share first round lead at Galgorm

September 24-27
Galgorm Castle Golf Club, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
€ 1,250,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Irish Open 2020 R1 - Trio share first round lead at Galgorm
Dean Burmester (Getty Images)


There was a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard after day one of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, as Dean Burmester, Jordan Smith and Aaron Rai all carded five under rounds of 65 at the tricky Galgorm Castle Golf Club.


“I’m still cold,” said Burmester. “It’s been a long time since I’ve woken up and hit balls in the dark too, but the greens were perfect and obviously it worked out for me today. I’m just happy to be back in the hut right now.

“For 16 holes I played flawless golf pretty much. I didn’t really miss a shot. A couple of great up and downs kept the momentum going and then unfortunately on 17 I fell asleep over a three-footer but other than that, honestly I played great.



“I think if you’d asked me three days ago when I got here if I’d take 65, I would have taken it. It’s a beast of a golf course and I hit it good off the tee and if you do that around here, you’ll do good, so 65 in round one – anybody would be happy with that.”

Play was suspended at the very end of the day with just one group left to finish, but the trio were safe at the top, one stroke clear of Englishman Toby Tree heading into day two in Northern Ireland, where the performance of a homegrown amateur player set tongues wagging.


Irishman James Sugrue, the 2019 Amateur Champion who played at last week’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot, carded a three under 67 to sit just two shots off the pace – drawing comparisons with a famous amateur victory in this tournament by one Shane Lowry 11 years ago.

“I was in the U.S. Open last week and going from there to here is a little bit easier to say the least. It was very tough, very penal, you can hit good shots off the tee and end up ion the rough where you can only take a wedge out of it. 

“But it was brilliant, I was delighted to be there. I probably almost felt last week like I was another number, but I said this week I need to forget that attitude and come out and play golf and enjoy it and get around in as few shots as possible.”



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Lowry, returning to home soil for the first time as Open Champion this week, struggled to an opening five over 75 while European Ryder Cup Captain Padraig Harrington carded a one over 71 in his first competitive appearance in six months.

“I want to go and win the tournament and it’s hard to win the tournament when you’re one over,” said Harrington. “But I really enjoyed today, really enjoyed being out there and having a game. It was messy in places, just clubbing – it doesn’t matter what you do, you’re just rusty out there, making decisions and some things didn’t match up. 



“But there was lots of good stuff and even the bad stuff, I just put down to rust, so I was more than happy with it. It was nice to finish with a par, I wanted to birdie it obviously – finishing with a birdie would have got me back to level par. I missed a couple of putts at 16 and 17, I’m just not playing enough. I really should have trusted my driver on my right to left, I haven’t missed anything right all day and I hung onto it and got myself in trouble. 

“But it was nice to hole that last one. The first couple of holes were good but then I lost my way a bit reading the greens. It’s great to finish with a par and come out tomorrow with that.”




Pos.
Player
Thru
To Par
R1
T1
Dean Burmester
F
-5
65
T1
Jordan Smith
F
-5
65
T1
Aaron Rai
F
-5
65
4
Toby Tree
F
-4
66
T5
Oscar Lengden
F
-3
67
T5
Rikard Karlberg
F
-3
67
T5
James Sugrue (a)
F
-3
67
T5
Stephen Gallacher
F
-3
67
T5
John Catlin
F
-3
67
T10
Justin Harding
F
-2
68
T10
Garrick Higgo
F
-2
68
T10
Jazz Janewattananond
F
-2
68
T10
Scott Hend
F
-2
68
T10
Lucas Bjerregaard
F
-2
68
T10
Martin Simonsen
F
-2
68
T10
Niklas Lemke
F
-2
68
T10
Julien Guerrier
F
-2
68
T18
Marcus Armitage
F
-1
69
T18
David Law
F
-1
69
T18
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
F
-1
69
T18
Scott Jamieson
F
-1
69
T18
Robert Rock
F
-1
69
T23
Ben Stow
F
E
70
T23
Wade Ormsby
F
E
70
T23
Ewen Ferguson
F
E
70
T23
Graeme Storm
F
E
70
T23
Daan Huizing
F
E
70
T23
Joakim Lagergren
F
E
70
T23
Clement Sordet
F
E
70
T23
Jack Senior
F
E
70
T23
Calum Hill
F
E
70
T23
Wilco Nienaber
F
E
70
T23
Oliver Farr
F
E
70
T23
Damien Mcgrane
F
E
70
T23
Fabrizio Zanotti
F
E
70
T23
Jake McLeod
F
E
70
T23
Maverick Antcliff
F
E
70
T38
Jonathan Caldwell
F
1
71
T38
Steven Brown
F
1
71
T38
Lars van Meijel
F
1
71
T38
George Coetzee
F
1
71
T38
Lucas Herbert
F
1
71
T38
Adrian Meronk
F
1
71
T38
Damien Perrier
F
1
71
T38
Joost Luiten
F
1
71
T38
Padraig Harrington
F
1
71
T38
Dale Whitnell
F
1
71
T38
Julian Suri
F
1
71
T38
Connor Syme
F
1
71
T38
Richie Ramsay
F
1
71
T38
Alejandro Cañizares
F
1
71
T52
Craig Howie
17
2
T52
David Howell
F
2
72
T52
James Morrison
F
2
72
T52
Sean Crocker
F
2
72
T52
Shubhankar Sharma
F
2
72
T52
Joachim B. Hansen
F
2
72
T52
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
F
2
72
T52
Mikko Korhonen
F
2
72
T52
Richard McEvoy
F
2
72
T52
Lee Slattery
F
2
72
T52
Richard Bland
F
2
72
T52
Dave Coupland
F
2
72
T52
Callum Shinkwin
F
2
72
T65
Matthew Baldwin
F
3
73
T65
Johannes Veerman
F
3
73
T65
Darius van Driel
F
3
73
T65
Jbe Kruger
F
3
73
T65
Jason Scrivener
F
3
73
T65
Antoine Rozner
F
3
73
T65
Ross McGowan
F
3
73
T65
Max Schmitt
F
3
73
T65
Laurie Canter
F
3
73
T65
Adri Arnaus
F
3
73
T65
Nicolas Colsaerts
F
3
73
T65
Tyler Koivisto
F
3
73
T65
Garrick Porteous
F
3
73
T65
Tom McKibbin
F
3
73
T65
David Drysdale
F
3
73
T65
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
F
3
73
T65
Kristoffer Reitan
17
3
T65
Francesco Laporta
F
3
73
T83
Carlos Pigem
17
4
T83
Marc Warren
F
4
74
T83
Zach Murray
F
4
74
T83
Joël Stalter
F
4
74
T83
Sebastian Soderberg
F
4
74
T83
Gavin Moynihan
F
4
74
T83
Edoardo Molinari
F
4
74
T83
Romain Wattel
F
4
74
T83
Masahiro Kawamura
F
4
74
T83
Matthew Southgate
F
4
74
T83
Haydn Porteous
F
4
74
T83
Liam Johnston
F
4
74
T83
Wil Besseling
F
4
74
T83
Bernd Ritthammer
F
4
74
T97
Aaron Cockerill
F
5
75
T97
Gaganjeet Bhullar
F
5
75
T97
Steven Tiley
F
5
75
T97
Michael Campbell
F
5
75
T97
Shane Lowry
F
5
75
T97
Colm Moriarty
F
5
75
T97
Paul Dunne
F
5
75
T97
Marcus Kinhult
F
5
75
T97
Min Woo Lee
F
5
75
T97
Daniel Young (a)
F
5
75
T97
Mark Power (a)
F
5
75
T97
Robin Roussel
F
5
75
T109
Søren Kjeldsen
F
6
76
T109
Ashun Wu
F
6
76
T109
David Horsey
F
6
76
T109
Benjamin Poke
F
6
76
T109
Yikeun Chang
F
6
76
114
Jeff Winther
F
7
77
T115
Oliver Fisher
F
8
78
T115
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
F
8
78
T115
Ryan Fox
F
8
78
118
Ashley Chesters
F
9
79
T119
Andrea Pavan
F
13
83
T119
Cormac Sharvin
F
13
83