Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters R1

Garcia in the hunt again at Valderrama

June 27-30
Real Club Valderrama, Sotogrande, Spain
€3,000,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Sergio Garcia continued his remarkable love affair with Real Club Valderrama to sit just one shot off the lead after round one of the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Estrella Damm Andalucía R1 - Garcia in the hunt again at Valderrama
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“I love this place, there is no doubt about that. It kind of has something that helps me. Today was a great round, I hit the ball very well. It’s probably the best that I’ve felt in quite a while.

“Even though the conditions were great, you still have to hit the shots in the right places and to be able to go bogey free here, it’s always good.

“It’s just the first round and we have to keep building on that and look forward to a good week. It’s still Thursday, you’ve got to go one step at a time, there’s still a lot of golf to be played.”

The Spaniard has won the last three stagings of this event – in 2011, 2017 and 2018 – and has ten other top tens from 14 appearances at a course he admits is his favourite in the world.

An opening bogey-free round of 66 in Sotogrande left him amongst a group of five players at five under par, one shot behind Frenchman Victor Perez.


European Challenge Tour graduate Perez was also bogey-free in his round of 65 in an impressive start to his debut at the Estrella Damm N.A. Andalucía Masters.

“I’m very pleased to keep the card clean, it’s one of the toughest places to do it. I was just really happy, we had a really good game plan going in to take advantage of the softer conditions.

“The fairway is key here. Once you start missing fairways, the greens are so small you’re basically meant to be shortsided on your approaches into the greens. There’s a lot of slope, it’s fast and the greens are really small. The moment you start missing greens it gets tricky.”

South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Malaysian Gavin Green, Swede Anton Karlsson and American Sihwan Kim are also one shot off the lead, with Welshman Bradley Dredge, Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, Frenchman Matthieu Pavon and American Julian Suri one shot further back at four under par.

“I played great out there today,” said Karlsson. “Had a bogey on the last, but it’s the only tee shot around here that you really have to draw the ball and I’m not really a drawer of the driver, so I’ve bogeyed that hole a few times before.

“Some solid golf, didn’t miss a lot of shots at all out there and that’s kind of what you have to do around here. It’s a great course, it’s definitely one of my favourites.”

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South African Haydn Porteous, who recorded the third albatross of the season on the 17th hole, joins Spanish pair Pablo Larrazabal and Adri Arnaus amongst a group of ten players at three under par, while world number 11 Jon Rahm joins seven other players one shot further back after lighting up his round with a chip-in eagle on the 11 th hole.

“Things did turn around on 11 when I chipped it in,” said Rahm. “I was fully aware before the round started that if you play 12 to 15 even par it’s a great score. I was able to make par in those and then I hit a lot of good shots coming in, but I just didn’t make the putts I had.

“On the other hand, I was happy I two-putted the last because you just don’t want to finish on a bad note. Still, two under par is a great round; hopefully I can come early in the morning and do what the leaders did and shoot something lower.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Victor Perez
FRA
-6
65
T2
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
66
T2
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-5
66
T2
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-5
66
T2
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-5
66
T2
Gavin Green
MAS
-5
66
T7
Julian Suri
USA
-4
67
T7
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-4
67
T7
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
67
T7
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
67
T11
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-3
68
T11
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
68
T11
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-3
68
T11
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
68
T11
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-3
68
T11
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
68
T11
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
68
T11
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-3
68
T11
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-3
68
T11
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-3
68
T21
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
69
T21
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
69
T21
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
69
T21
David Horsey
ENG
-2
69
T21
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
-2
69
T21
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-2
69
T21
Jon Rahm
ESP
-2
69
T21
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-2
69
T29
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-1
70
T29
David Law
SCO
-1
70
T29
David Howell
ENG
-1
70
T29
David Lipsky
USA
-1
70
T29
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
T29
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
70
T29
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
70
T29
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
70
T29
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
70
T29
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-1
70
T29
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
70
T29
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-1
70
T29
Espen Kofstad
NOR
-1
70
T29
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
70
T29
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
70
T29
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-1
70
T29
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
70
T29
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
70
T29
Santiago Tarrio
ESP
-1
70
T29
Steven Brown
ENG
-1
70
T29
Daniel Gavins
ENG
-1
70
T29
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-1
70
T29
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
70
T52
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
71
T52
Clement Sordet
FRA
Par
71
T52
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
71
T52
Dean Burmester
RSA
Par
71
T52
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
71
T52
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
71
T52
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
Par
71
T52
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
Par
71
T52
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
71
T52
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
71
T52
David Borda
ESP
Par
71
T52
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
Par
71
T52
Samuel Del Val
ESP
Par
71
T52
Deyen Lawson
AUS
Par
71
T52
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
Par
71
T52
Jason Scrivener
AUS
Par
71
T52
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
71
T52
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
71
T52
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
71
T52
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
71
T52
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
Par
71
T73
Robert Rock
ENG
1
72
T73
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
1
72
T73
Paul Waring
ENG
1
72
T73
Sean Crocker
USA
1
72
T73
Javier Colomo
ESP
1
72
T73
Aaron Rai
ENG
1
72
T73
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
1
72
T73
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
1
72
T73
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
1
72
T73
Paul Peterson
USA
1
72
T73
John Catlin
USA
1
72
T73
Johannes Veerman
USA
1
72
T73
Kim Koivu
FIN
1
72
T73
Stuart Manley
WAL
1
72
T73
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
72
T73
Richard Sterne
RSA
1
72
T73
Kalle Samooja
FIN
1
72
T73
Grant Forrest
SCO
1
72
T91
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
T91
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
73
T91
Ben Evans
ENG
2
73
T91
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
73
T91
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
73
T91
Darius van Driel
NED
2
73
T91
Max Schmitt
GER
2
73
T91
Nino Bertasio
ITA
2
73
T91
Adrien Saddier
SCO
2
73
T91
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
73
T91
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
73
T91
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
73
T91
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
73
T91
Andrea Pavan
ITA
2
73
T91
Renato Paratore
ITA
2
73
T91
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
2
73
T91
Robert Karlsson
SWE
2
73
T91
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
73
T91
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
2
73
T91
Adam Bland
AUS
2
73
T111
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
3
74
T111
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
3
74
T111
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
3
74
T111
Pedro Oriol
ESP
3
74
T111
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
3
74
T111
Jack Senior
ENG
3
74
T111
Shiv Kapur
IND
3
74
T111
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
3
74
T111
Pep Angles
ESP
3
74
T111
Tom Murray
ENG
3
74
T111
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
3
74
T111
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
74
T111
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
74
T111
Scott Hend
AUS
3
74
T111
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
74
T111
Per Laengfors
SWE
3
74
T111
Thomas Aiken
RSA
3
74
T111
Zander Lombard
RSA
3
74
T111
Michael Hoey
NIR
3
74
T130
Marc Warren
SCO
4
75
T130
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
4
75
T130
Matthias Schwab
AUT
4
75
T130
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
75
T130
Louis De Jager
RSA
4
75
T130
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
75
T130
Paul Dunne
IRL
4
75
T130
Darren Fichardt
RSA
4
75
T130
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
4
75
T130
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
4
75
T130
Jake McLeod
AUS
4
75
T130
Joel Girrbach
SWE
4
75
T142
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
5
76
T142
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
5
76
T142
Luis Gagne
CRC
5
76
T142
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
76
T142
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
5
76
T147
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
6
77
T147
David Drysdale
SCO
6
77
T147
Max Orrin
ENG
6
77
T147
James Morrison
ENG
6
77
T151
Ivan Cantero
ESP
7
78
T151
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
7
78
T153
Kurt Kitayama
USA
8
79
T153
Pelle Edberg
SWE
8
79
T153
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
8
79
RET
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
Par
79