Gran Canaria Lopesan Open R1

Rafa Cabrera Bello in the mix

Gran Canaria 2021 R1
April 22-25
Meloneras Golf by Lopesan, Gran Canaria, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Gran Canaria 2021 R1 - Cabrera Bello in the mix
Rafa Cabrera Bello and his brother Miguel walking down the 14th hole (Getty Images)

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Tournament host Rafa Cabrera Bello is just two shots off the lead on his idyllic home island, among a congested day one leaderboard at the inaugural Gran Canaria Lopesan Open.


Gran Canaria 2021 R1

“I am very happy. I have been saying it all week that it is a pleasure to have the European Tour back in the Canaries and for someone that was born here, raised here, and I come as often as I can, I always tell everyone how nice it is here, so I am glad we get the opportunity to showcase it to the rest of the world.”

“I am missing a big crowd but I am feeling the support. Some of the holes close to the road had people cheering which was cool, so I want to give them a big thank you for coming out even though they are not here as normal, but they were able to see a little bit of golf.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R1

Joachim B Hansen, Joost Luiten, Robin Roussel and Max Keiffer – who continued his hot streak in the Canary Islands sun after a second-place finish in Austria last week – recorded seven under par rounds of 63 to share a slender lead at Meloneras Golf by Lopesan.

“It was perfect – just what I wanted to go out and do,” said Hansen. “A perfect start, I played well, kept the ball in play, hit a lot of greens and rolled some putts in.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R1

“(Low scores) especially in the morning, when there’s not a lot of wind. It picked up on the last four or five holes. It’s a bit weird because it was in a different direction than in practice rounds. I played lovely today, so I look forward to the next few days.”

Spain’s Alejandro del Rey, Scott Jamieson of Scotland and American Julian Suri are amongst a group of seven players at six under par, while Ryder Cup star and Gran Canaria native Cabrera Bello’s five under par round of 65 was matched by a further 12 players.


Gran Canaria 2021 R1

Hansen took the early lead after recording five birdies and an eagle, but the Dane’s score was quickly matched by Luiten in the next group. The Dutchman, also teeing off the tenth, lit up a rollercoaster front nine that included three birdies and two bogies with the fifth hole in one of his European Tour career on the 15th.

“(On the hole- in-one) It was a perfect number for me to hit a wedge,” said Luiten. “It’s tucked just over the bunker but you can use the slope, right to left, I pitched it on the slope with a bit of spin and it went in. It’s one of these bonus things that happens sometimes, it’s always nice to make a hole- in-one.”

“This is my fifth on Tour, and my seventh overall. You can never have enough, I always say. “Seven under is a good score. I played pretty good and gave myself quite a few c hances and made some nice putts coming down the stretch. It’s a good start and we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”


Gran Canaria 2021 R1

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Germany’s Kieffer got off to a fast start, getting to five under after six holes, with a double bogey on the eighth the only blemish on his scorecard. The trio were then joined at the top of the leaderboard by Frenchman Robin Roussel, who dropped a single shot on his opening hole in his round of 63.

“I’m just hitting the ball very good. The putting stroke is decent as well,” said Kieffer. “You have a lot of chances here if you drive it well. You have lots of wedges and if you get on a good run you can make some birdies.”

“Every week we play in different conditions on the European Tour. It changes a lot because we play everywhere, Middle East, Asia. Out here we are used to adapting to new greens. It’s just getting the reps in on Tuesday and Wednesday and getting the feel for the speed.”

Gran Canaria 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Joachim B. Hansen *
-7
63
T1
Joost Luiten *
-7
63
T1
Maximilian Kieffer
-7
63
T1
Robin Roussel *
-7
63
T5
Matt Ford *
-6
64
T5
Scott Jamieson *
-6
64
T5
Julian Suri *
-6
64
T5
Wil Besseling
-6
64
T5
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
-6
64
T5
Ben Evans
-6
64
T5
Richard Bland *
-6
64
T12
Gregory Havret
-5
65
T12
Eddie Pepperell *
-5
65
T12
Rhys Enoch *
-5
65
T12
Rafa Cabrera Bello *
-5
65
T12
Dean Burmester *
-5
65
T12
Oliver Wilson *
-5
65
T12
Justin Harding
-5
65
T12
Thorbjørn Olesen
-5
65
T12
Garrick Higgo
-5
65
T12
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-5
65
T12
Matthias Schwab
-5
65
T12
Jamie Donaldson
-5
65
T12
Clement Sordet
-5
65
T25
Max Schmitt
-4
66
T25
Jack Senior *
-4
66
T25
Zander Lombard
-4
66
T25
Antoine Rozner *
-4
66
T25
Pablo Larrazabal *
-4
66
T25
Jake McLeod *
-4
66
T25
Francesco Laporta
-4
66
T25
Lars van Meijel
-4
66
T25
Darius van Driel
-4
66
T25
Borja Virto
-4
66
T25
Matthieu Pavon
-4
66
T25
Niall Kearney
-4
66
T25
Ajeetesh Sandhu
-4
66
T25
Benjamin Poke
-4
66
T25
Maverick Antcliff *
-4
66
T40
Cormac Sharvin *
-3
67
T40
Lorenzo Gagli *
-3
67
T40
Alexander Björk
-3
67
T40
Ondrej Lieser (a)
-3
67
T40
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
-3
67
T40
Matthew Jordan *
-3
67
T40
Nicolai Højgaard *
-3
67
T40
Alvaro Quiros *
-3
67
T40
Adrian Meronk *
-3
67
T40
Lee Slattery *
-3
67
T40
Ashun Wu
-3
67
T40
Sean Crocker *
-3
67
T40
Tom Gandy
-3
67
T40
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez *
-3
67
T40
Tapio Pulkkanen *
-3
67
T40
Jeff Winther *
-3
67
T40
Sihwan Kim
-3
67
T40
Romain Langasque
-3
67
T40
John Catlin
-3
67
T59
Calum Hill
-2
68
T59
Paul Dunne
-2
68
T59
Victor Dubuisson
-2
68
T59
Tyler Koivisto
-2
68
T59
Garrick Porteous
-2
68
T59
Julien Guerrier *
-2
68
T59
Raphael Jacquelin *
-2
68
T59
Andrew Johnston *
-2
68
T59
Marcel Schneider *
-2
68
T59
Oliver Farr *
-2
68
T59
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-2
68
T59
Richard Mansell (a)
-2
68
T59
Robin Sciot-Siegrist *
-2
68
T59
Mikko Korhonen *
-2
68
T59
Kalle Samooja *
-2
68
T59
Grant Forrest *
-2
68
T59
David Drysdale
-2
68
T59
Jonathan Caldwell
-2
68
T59
Jordan Smith
-2
68
T59
Fabrizio Zanotti
-2
68
T59
Joel Stalter *
-2
68
T59
Haydn Porteous *
-2
68
T59
Toby Tree *
-2
68
T59
Paul Waring *
-2
68
T59
Richie Ramsay *
-2
68
T84
Shubhankar Sharma *
-1
69
T84
Dale Whitnell *
-1
69
T84
Louis De Jager
-1
69
T84
Oscar Sanchez
-1
69
T84
Adrien Saddier
-1
69
T84
Marcus Armitage *
-1
69
T84
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez *
-1
69
T84
Ross Fisher *
-1
69
T84
Austin Bautista *
-1
69
T84
Adri Arnaus *
-1
69
T84
Sam Horsfield *
-1
69
T84
Oliver Fisher
-1
69
T84
Ricardo Santos
-1
69
T84
Justin Walters *
-1
69
T84
James Morrison *
-1
69
T84
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-1
69
T84
Nino Bertasio *
-1
69
T84
Sebastian Heisele *
-1
69
T84
Edoardo Molinari *
-1
69
T84
Masahiro Kawamura
-1
69
T84
Janne Kaske
-1
69
T84
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
-1
69
T84
Richard McEvoy
-1
69
T84
Jorge Campillo
-1
69
T108
Alejandro Cañizares
E
70
T108
Guido Migliozzi
E
70
T108
Johannes Veerman
E
70
T108
Adrian Otaegui
E
70
T108
Steven Tiley
E
70
T108
Carlos Pigem
E
70
T108
Chris Wood *
E
70
T108
Ashley Chesters *
E
70
T108
Alexander Levy *
E
70
T108
Andy Sullivan *
E
70
T108
Samuel Del Val *
E
70
T108
Scott Fernandez
E
70
T108
Dave Coupland
E
70
T108
Liam Johnston
E
70
T108
Berry Henson *
E
70
T123
Connor Syme *
1
71
T123
Euan Walker (a) *
1
71
T123
Sebastian Soderberg
1
71
T123
Thomas Sloman
1
71
T123
David Howell
1
71
T123
Lucas Bjerregaard
1
71
T123
Yi Keun Chang
1
71
T123
Steven Brown
1
71
T123
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
1
71
T123
Søren Kjeldsen
1
71
T123
Eduardo De la Riva *
1
71
T123
Kurt Kitayama *
1
71
T123
Carl Suneson *
1
71
T123
Aaron Cockerill *
1
71
T123
Pedro Oriol *
1
71
T123
David Law *
1
71
T123
Matthew Southgate *
1
71
T123
Pep Angles
1
71
T141
Pedro Figueiredo *
2
72
T141
Benjamin Hebert *
2
72
T141
Eduard Rousaud (a) *
2
72
T144
Ross McGowan *
3
73
T144
Rikard Karlberg
3
73
T144
Joakim Lagergren
3
73
T147
SSP Chawrasia
4
74
T147
Peter Hanson
4
74
149
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
6
76
150
Andrea Pavan *
8
78
151
Inaki Fuentes
13
83
* Player started on the back nine