European Tour

HNA Open de France 2018

June 28 - July 01

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines

$7,000,000

June 28 - July 01

Le Golf National, Saint-Quentin-en Yvelines

$7,000,000

Round 1

Dredge edges clear at Le Golf National

July 28, 2018

Bradley Dredge battled the windy conditions at Le Golf National to edge clear of Ryder Cup players Graeme McDowell and Andy Sullivan in the opening round of the HNA Open de France – the European Tour’s third Rolex Series event of 2018.

Dredge edges clear at Le Golf National, © Getty Images

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Dredge posted the best round of his season so far with a closing 66 at last week's BMW International Open in Germany, and he followed that with a first round four under par 67 in France.

The Welshman began his round by dropping a shot on the tenth hole, but that was his only bogey of the day as he posted birdies on the 13th, 14th, 17th, third and fifth holes for a one shot advantage.

“It was getting tougher and tougher out there. Obviously delighted with that score to start the tournament off."

“Got off to a bad start on ten with a poor tee shot and made bogey, but after that to remain bogey-free, I’m very pleased with that. A great save on seven, that was a bit of a bonus to make par from a poor tee shot. Other than that, just solid golf and kept the ball in play and putted well. It's always going to be a good day then.”

Two-time Open de France Champion McDowell once again showed his affinity for the Albatros Course that will host The 2018 Ryder Cup in three months’ time, firing seven birdies in his round of 68. The Northern Irishman, who shares second place with Englishman Sullivan, will be one of Thomas Bjørn’s five Vice Captains in September, and another, Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, also features on the leaderboard following a two under par round of 69 which included a double bogey six on the opening hole.

“Very pleased, especially the way I played the first kind of dozen holes. I made two clumsy errors on the greens from 12 and 15 feet where I three-whacked them both. To be making seven birdies on the golf course in the conditions we had today, I felt like the first nine holes we got it reasonably benign in comparison," said McDowell.

“I feel like it's particularly tough this week. The fairways are narrow. The rough is beautifully graded but if you start to miss it, you can count on these strong crosswinds, and you'll pay the ultimate price."

World Number Two Justin Thomas, who looks set to be part of the United States team at The Ryder Cup, opened his debut in the HNA Open de France, and the Rolex Series, with a round of 70, which also included a double bogey on the fifth hole. He is joined on one under par by Jon Rahm, the only player to so far win two Rolex Series events, whose round included four birdies, one bogey and a double bogey on the 15th hole.

“I played well today. I hit a lot of quality shots and hit a lot of good drives and iron shots into greens. I just had two bad swings that cost me three shots on 13 and then on five, two holes I'm hitting four-irons off the tee and if I get it in play, you are looking to make a birdie and I made bogey and double-bogey on those two holes. As a whole, I felt like I played solid today," said Thomas.

“It's different but it's still the same. I love the fans over in Europe. They are so respectful, and they really appreciate good golf shots. Not that the fans in the States don't but it's so much fun going to The Open Championship is hitting a seven-iron or eight-iron to 30 or 40 feet, and they know it's a great shot and I felt a very similar vibe here."

“I'm not too worried about where I'll be after round one. I'm pleased to get the first round under par, especially at a difficult place like this. If the wind keeps up like this, it's going to play hard this afternoon, but I'll be in good shape.”

Defending champion Tommy Fleetwood, however, has some work to do on Friday to make the cut after starting his defence with a three over par 74.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
67
T2
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
68
T2
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
68
T4
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
69
T4
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
69
T4
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-2
69
T7
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
70
T7
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
70
T7
James Morrison
ENG
-1
70
T7
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
70
T7
Julian Suri
USA
-1
70
T7
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
70
T7
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-1
70
T7
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
70
T15
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
71
T15
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
71
T15
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
71
T15
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71
T15
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
71
T15
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
71
T15
Jordan Smith
ENG
Par
71
T15
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
71
T15
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
71
T15
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
71
T15
Pedro Oriol
ESP
Par
71
T15
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
71
T15
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
71
T15
Russell Knox
SCO
Par
71
T29
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
72
T29
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
72
T29
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
72
T29
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
72
T29
Justin Walters
RSA
1
72
T29
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
72
T29
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
1
72
T29
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
72
T29
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
72
T29
Richard Bland
ENG
1
72
T29
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
72
T29
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
72
T29
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
72
T29
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
72
T43
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
73
T43
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
73
T43
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
73
T43
Andres Romero
ARG
2
73
T43
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
73
T43
Danny Willett
ENG
2
73
T43
David Drysdale
SCO
2
73
T43
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
73
T43
Josh Geary
NZL
2
73
T43
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
73
T43
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
73
T43
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
73
T43
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
T43
Sam Brazel
AUS
2
73
T43
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
73
T43
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
73
T59
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
74
T59
Adrien Saddier
SCO
3
74
T59
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
74
T59
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
74
T59
David Howell
ENG
3
74
T59
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
74
T59
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
74
T59
George Coetzee
RSA
3
74
T59
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
74
T59
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
74
T59
Mark Foster
ENG
3
74
T59
Matt Wallace
ENG
3
74
T59
Matthew Nixon
ENG
3
74
T59
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
74
T59
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
74
T59
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
74
T59
Scott Jamieson
SCO
3
74
T59
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
3
74
T59
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
74
T59
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
3
74
T59
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
3
74
T80
Connor Syme
SCO
4
75
T80
David Horsey
ENG
4
75
T80
Henric Sturehed
SWE
4
75
T80
Julien Quesne
FRA
4
75
T80
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
75
T80
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
75
T80
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
4
75
T80
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
75
T80
Peter Hanson
SWE
4
75
T80
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
75
T80
Scott Hend
AUS
4
75
T80
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
75
T80
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
75
T93
Daniel Im
USA
5
76
T93
Darren Fichardt
RSA
5
76
T93
Gavin Green
MAS
5
76
T93
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
5
76
T93
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
76
T93
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
76
T93
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
5
76
T93
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
5
76
T93
Nino Bertasio
ITA
5
76
T93
Romain Langasque
FRA
5
76
T93
Romain Wattel
FRA
5
76
T93
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
76
T93
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
76
T93
Trevor Immelman
RSA
5
76
T107
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
77
T107
Chris Paisley
ENG
6
77
T107
David Lipsky
USA
6
77
T107
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
6
77
T107
Jason Norris
AUS
6
77
T107
Jeff Winther
SWE
6
77
T107
Lasse Jensen
DNK
6
77
T107
Lee Westwood
ENG
6
77
T107
Marcel Siem
GER
6
77
T107
Martin Kaymer
GER
6
77
T107
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
6
77
T107
Nico Geyger
CHI
6
77
T107
Renato Paratore
ITA
6
77
T107
Robert Rock
ENG
6
77
T107
Steven Brown
ENG
6
77
T107
Victor Perez
FRA
6
77
T107
Zander Lombard
RSA
6
77
T124
Clement Sordet
FRA
7
78
T124
Rak Cho
KOR
7
78
T124
Sam Horsfield
ENG
7
78
T127
Ashun Wu
CHI
8
79
T127
Bradley Neil
SCO
8
79
T127
Chris Hanson
ENG
8
79
T127
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
8
79
T127
Daniel Brooks
ENG
8
79
T127
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
8
79
T127
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
79
T127
Marc Warren
SCO
8
79
T127
Oliver Farr
WAL
8
79
T127
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
79
T127
Scott Fernandez
ESP
8
79
T127
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
8
79
T139
Aaron Rai
ENG
9
80
T139
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
80
T139
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
9
80
T139
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
9
80
T139
Jason Scrivener
AUS
9
80
T139
Paul Waring
ENG
9
80
T139
Ryan Evans
ENG
9
80
T139
Thomas Aiken
RSA
9
80
T147
Andrew Dodt
AUS
10
81
T147
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
10
81
T147
Chase Koepka
USA
10
81
T147
Haydn Porteous
RSA
10
81
T147
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
10
81
T147
Julien Guerrier
FRA
10
81
T147
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
10
81
154
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
82
155
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
12
83
156
Adam Bland
AUS
13
84
T157
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
14
85
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
67
T2
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
68
T2
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-3
68
T4
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
69
T4
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
69
T4
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-2
69
T7
Chris Wood
ENG
-1
70
T7
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
70
T7
James Morrison
ENG
-1
70
T7
Jon Rahm
ESP
-1
70
T7
Julian Suri
USA
-1
70
T7
Justin Thomas
USA
-1
70
T7
Seung-Su Han
KOR
-1
70
T7
Shane Lowry
IRL
-1
70
T15
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
71
T15
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
Par
71
T15
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
71
T15
Haotong Li
CHN
Par
71
T15
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
Par
71
T15
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
Par
71
T15
Jordan Smith
ENG
Par
71
T15
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
71
T15
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
71
T15
Matthew Southgate
ENG
Par
71
T15
Pedro Oriol
ESP
Par
71
T15
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
71
T15
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
71
T15
Russell Knox
SCO
Par
71
T29
Andrea Pavan
ITA
1
72
T29
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
72
T29
Charlie Ford
ENG
1
72
T29
Ian Poulter
ENG
1
72
T29
Justin Walters
RSA
1
72
T29
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
72
T29
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
1
72
T29
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
72
T29
Oliver Fisher
ENG
1
72
T29
Richard Bland
ENG
1
72
T29
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
72
T29
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
72
T29
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
72
T29
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
72
T43
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
2
73
T43
Alexander Levy
FRA
2
73
T43
Alexander Noren
SWE
2
73
T43
Andres Romero
ARG
2
73
T43
Ashley Chesters
ENG
2
73
T43
Danny Willett
ENG
2
73
T43
David Drysdale
SCO
2
73
T43
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
73
T43
Josh Geary
NZL
2
73
T43
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
73
T43
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
2
73
T43
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
2
73
T43
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
73
T43
Sam Brazel
AUS
2
73
T43
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
73
T43
Wade Ormsby
AUS
2
73
T59
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
3
74
T59
Adrien Saddier
SCO
3
74
T59
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
3
74
T59
Brandon Stone
RSA
3
74
T59
David Howell
ENG
3
74
T59
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
3
74
T59
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
74
T59
George Coetzee
RSA
3
74
T59
Nacho Elvira
ESP
3
74
T59
Jens Dantorp
SWE
3
74
T59
Mark Foster
ENG
3
74
T59
Matt Wallace
ENG
3
74
T59
Matthew Nixon
ENG
3
74
T59
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
74
T59
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
74
T59
Richard Sterne
RSA
3
74
T59
Scott Jamieson
SCO
3
74
T59
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
3
74
T59
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
74
T59
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
3
74
T59
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
3
74
T80
Connor Syme
SCO
4
75
T80
David Horsey
ENG
4
75
T80
Henric Sturehed
SWE
4
75
T80
Julien Quesne
FRA
4
75
T80
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
75
T80
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
75
T80
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
4
75
T80
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
4
75
T80
Peter Hanson
SWE
4
75
T80
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
4
75
T80
Scott Hend
AUS
4
75
T80
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
4
75
T80
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
4
75
T93
Daniel Im
USA
5
76
T93
Darren Fichardt
RSA
5
76
T93
Gavin Green
MAS
5
76
T93
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
5
76
T93
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
5
76
T93
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
5
76
T93
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
5
76
T93
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
5
76
T93
Nino Bertasio
ITA
5
76
T93
Romain Langasque
FRA
5
76
T93
Romain Wattel
FRA
5
76
T93
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
5
76
T93
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
76
T93
Trevor Immelman
RSA
5
76
T107
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
6
77
T107
Chris Paisley
ENG
6
77
T107
David Lipsky
USA
6
77
T107
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
6
77
T107
Jason Norris
AUS
6
77
T107
Jeff Winther
SWE
6
77
T107
Lasse Jensen
DNK
6
77
T107
Lee Westwood
ENG
6
77
T107
Marcel Siem
GER
6
77
T107
Martin Kaymer
GER
6
77
T107
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
6
77
T107
Nico Geyger
CHI
6
77
T107
Renato Paratore
ITA
6
77
T107
Robert Rock
ENG
6
77
T107
Steven Brown
ENG
6
77
T107
Victor Perez
FRA
6
77
T107
Zander Lombard
RSA
6
77
T124
Clement Sordet
FRA
7
78
T124
Rak Cho
KOR
7
78
T124
Sam Horsfield
ENG
7
78
T127
Ashun Wu
CHI
8
79
T127
Bradley Neil
SCO
8
79
T127
Chris Hanson
ENG
8
79
T127
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
8
79
T127
Daniel Brooks
ENG
8
79
T127
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
8
79
T127
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
8
79
T127
Marc Warren
SCO
8
79
T127
Oliver Farr
WAL
8
79
T127
Ross Fisher
ENG
8
79
T127
Scott Fernandez
ESP
8
79
T127
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
8
79
T139
Aaron Rai
ENG
9
80
T139
Carlos Pigem
ESP
9
80
T139
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
9
80
T139
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
9
80
T139
Jason Scrivener
AUS
9
80
T139
Paul Waring
ENG
9
80
T139
Ryan Evans
ENG
9
80
T139
Thomas Aiken
RSA
9
80
T147
Andrew Dodt
AUS
10
81
T147
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
10
81
T147
Chase Koepka
USA
10
81
T147
Haydn Porteous
RSA
10
81
T147
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
10
81
T147
Julien Guerrier
FRA
10
81
T147
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
10
81
154
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
11
82
155
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
12
83
156
Adam Bland
AUS
13
84
T157
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
14
85