Dutch Open R1

Niall Kearney takes opening lead with bogey-free round

Dutch Open 2021 R1
September 16-19
Bernardus Golf, Cromvoirt, Netherlands
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Dutch Open 2021 R1 - Niall Kearney takes opening lead with bogey-free round
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Irishman Niall Kearney closed his round with three birdies in the final four holes to take the opening lead at Bernardus Golf. He produced a totak of seven birdies in a bogey-free round for a 65 taking a one shot lead.


Dutch Open 2021 R1

“I found it really enjoyable, it’s got a real links feel to it. I play links golf at home, so I felt right at home, and I have been at home the past three weeks, so I feel rested somewhat and really enjoyed it.

“I had a chip in mid-way through the back nine, that was a big help and finished well, a couple under the last three holes so nice to finish that way and holed that one from 30 feet on 18.”


Dutch Open 2021 R1

Kearney, who does not have full privileges on the European Tour, has recorded two top-10s this year, coming T4 at the Canary Islands Championship in May,carding a 61, and T8 at the Hero Open in August.

“This year has been positive for me. I have had a lot of good finishes and put myself in the right spaces and I have grown in confidence from it. I am starting to feel a bit more comfortable which is great.”


Dutch Open 2021 R1

Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer fired eight birdies and two bogeys to share second place with a bogey-free Martin Simonsen of Denmark at 6-under.


Dutch Open 2021 R1

“I played very well except for one hole,” said Kieffer. “I wasn’t really fighting for par and hit great shots all day, even on 18 when I made bogey, I made some putts, so everything worked well today.

“I like the course a lot. If you play bad shots you will get in trouble but if you hit good shots you get plenty of chances, and that is how a course should play. If the wind picks up it is definitely going to be a bit trickier but it is great, especially the back nine, it’s nice for the eye as well.”

Nine players are tied in fourth place at 5-under.

Dutch Open 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Niall Kearney
-7
65
T2
Maximilian Kieffer
-6
66
T2
Martin Simonsen
-6
66
T4
Aaron Cockerill
-5
67
T4
Thomas Detry
-5
67
T4
Rhys Enoch
-5
67
T4
Ben Evans
-5
67
T4
Marcus Helligkilde
-5
67
T4
Sam Horsfield
-5
67
T4
Ricardo Santos
-5
67
T4
Santiago Tarrio
-5
67
T4
Euan Walker (a)
-5
67
T13
Kristoffer Broberg
-4
68
T13
Alejandro Cañizares
-4
68
T13
Justin Harding
-4
68
T13
David Horsey
-4
68
T13
Ondrej Lieser
-4
68
T13
Sven Maurits
-4
68
T13
Wilco Nienaber
-4
68
T13
Paul Peterson
-4
68
T13
Matthias Schmid
-4
68
T13
Marcel Siem
-4
68
T13
Brandon Stone
-4
68
T24
Philip Bootsma (a)
-3
69
T24
Dean Burmester
-3
69
T24
George Coetzee
-3
69
T24
Louis De Jager
-3
69
T24
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-3
69
T24
Berry Henson
-3
69
T24
Anton Karlsson
-3
69
T24
Romain Langasque
-3
69
T24
Thomas Pieters
-3
69
T24
Ajeetesh Sandhu
-3
69
T24
Max Schmitt
-3
69
T24
Chris Wood
-3
69
T36
Steven Brown
-2
70
T36
Jens Fahrbring
-2
70
T36
Matt Ford
-2
70
T36
Ricardo Gouveia
-2
70
T36
Chase Hanna
-2
70
T36
Peter Hanson
-2
70
T36
Andrew Johnston
-2
70
T36
Jake McLeod
-2
70
T36
Robin Roussel
-2
70
T36
Rory Sabbatini
-2
70
T36
Adrien Saddier
-2
70
T36
Freddy Schott
-2
70
T36
Shubhankar Sharma
-2
70
T36
Clement Sordet
-2
70
T36
Gary Stal
-2
70
T36
Steven Tiley
-2
70
T36
Mike Toorop
-2
70
T36
Johannes Veerman
-2
70
T36
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-2
70
T36
Jordan Wrisdale
-2
70
T56
Rowin Caron
-1
71
T56
Oliver Farr
-1
71
T56
Angus Flanagan
-1
71
T56
Josh Geary
-1
71
T56
Julien Guerrier
-1
71
T56
Joachim B. Hansen
-1
71
T56
Daan Huizing
-1
71
T56
Jazz Janewattananond
-1
71
T56
Alexander Knappe
-1
71
T56
Jacques Kruyswijk
-1
71
T56
Richard Mansell
-1
71
T56
Graeme McDowell
-1
71
T56
Lee Slattery
-1
71
T56
Joel Stalter
-1
71
T56
Ben Stow
-1
71
T56
Daniel Young (a)
-1
71
T56
Nordin van Tilburg (a)
-1
71
T73
Dario Antonisse
E
72
T73
Dave Coupland
E
72
T73
David Drysdale
E
72
T73
Ryan Fox
E
72
T73
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
E
72
T73
Branden Grace
E
72
T73
Craig Howie
E
72
T73
Rikard Karlberg
E
72
T73
David Law
E
72
T73
Joost Luiten
E
72
T73
Ralph Miller
E
72
T73
Gavin Moynihan
E
72
T73
Renato Paratore
E
72
T73
Benjamin Poke
E
72
T73
Garrick Porteous
E
72
T73
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
E
72
T73
Joel Sjoholm
E
72
T73
Toby Tree
E
72
T73
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
E
72
T73
Darius van Driel
E
72
T93
Maverick Antcliff
+1
73
T93
Lucas Bjerregaard
+1
73
T93
Ashley Chesters
+1
73
T93
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
+1
73
T93
Pedro Figueiredo
+1
73
T93
Oliver Fisher
+1
73
T93
Lorenzo Gagli
+1
73
T93
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
+1
73
T93
Koen Kouwenaar
+1
73
T93
Joakim Lagergren
+1
73
T93
Niklas Lemke
+1
73
T93
Kristoffer Reitan
+1
73
T93
Jack Senior
+1
73
T93
Cormac Sharvin
+1
73
T93
Lars van Meijel
+1
73
T93
Daniel van Tonder
+1
73
T109
Matthew Baldwin
+2
74
T109
Wil Besseling
+2
74
T109
Tom Gandy
+2
74
T109
Deyen Lawson
+2
74
T109
Zander Lombard
+2
74
T109
Davey Porsius
+2
74
T109
James Sugrue (a)
+2
74
T109
Romain Wattel
+2
74
T117
Pep Angles
+3
75
T117
SSP Chawrasia
+3
75
T117
Eduardo De la Riva
+3
75
T117
Bryce Easton
+3
75
T117
Janne Kaske
+3
75
T117
Tyler Koivisto
+3
75
T117
Maarten Lafeber
+3
75
T117
Damien Perrier
+3
75
T117
Carlos Pigem
+3
75
T117
Jesper Sandborg
+3
75
T127
Jorge Campillo
+4
76
T127
Wouter De Vries
+4
76
T127
Paul Dunne
+4
76
T127
Philip Eriksson
+4
76
T127
Raphael Jacquelin
+4
76
T127
Stan Kraai (a)
+4
76
T127
Lars van Der Vight
+4
76
T127
Felix van Dijk
+4
76
T135
Max Albertus (a)
+5
77
T135
Robin Petersson (a)
+5
77
T135
Elvis Smylie
+5
77
T135
Aron Zemmer
+5
77
T139
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+6
78
T139
Liam Johnston
+6
78
T139
Kiet van Der Weele
+6
78
T142
Lars Keunen (a)
+7
79
T142
Haydn Porteous
+7
79
144
Gavin Kyle Green
+13
85