Hopps Open de Provence R1

Super Ko sets the target in France

September 26-29
Golf International de Pont Royal, Mallemort, France
€200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Jeong Weon Ko shot an opening round of 64, eight under par, to lead the Hopps Open de Provence by two shots at the end of round one.

Open de Provence R1 - Super Ko sets the target in France
Credit: European Tour

The French amateur, who is playing in just his third European Challenge Tour event, was in the first group to tee off at Golf International de Pont Royal this morning and he made the most of the calm conditions, carding seven birdies, an eagle and only one bogey.

The 21-year-old started steadily with six consecutive pars, before he picked up the pace with three successive gains ahead of the turn. The momentum continued into the back nine with birdies at the 11th and 12th before he made an eagle at the par five 14th.

He dropped his only shot of the day at the 15th hole but bounced back to finish his opening round with successive birdies at the Hopps Open de Provence.

With the wind swirling in the afternoon and the target set at eight under par, Ko was delighted with his work on home soil.  


“I started playing nervously,” he said. “But as the round went on, I got more comfortable and the round got better and better. I had a good eagle plus a few putts went in and I played well.

“I had a nice birdie streak as well but that was unexpected – that’s golf, I guess.

“It helped being first off today. There was no wind and the course was at its easiest and it was easier than playing this afternoon.

“Over the last couple of days I’ve had some back and wrist problems so I wasn’t even sure if I could play, so at the start I was just hoping I could finish the round, and I managed to do that without any pain.

“I’m just trying to enjoy myself and do my best at moment.”

Countryman Julien Brun was the last amateur to win on the Challenge Tour when he clinched the ALLIANZ Golf Open Toulouse Metropole in 2012, and Ko has set his stall out following an impressive round on day one.

Canada’s Cockerill is the amateur’s closest rival, sitting two strokes behind at six under par, having closed his front nine with six consecutive birdies. A further shot behind Cockerill are Samuel del Val, Francesco Laporta and Connor Syme, who all signed for bogey-free rounds of 67, five under par, while a group of three players share fifth spot. Spaniard Pep Angles, New Zealand’s Josh Geary and Roppe Kakko of Finland all recorded rounds of 68 on day one.

The second round at the Hopps Open de Provence begins at 8:10am local time with Ko teeing off at 12:40pm.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
-8
64
2
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-6
66
3
DEL VAL Samuel
ESP
-5
67
3
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-5
67
3
SYME Connor
SCO
-5
67
6
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-4
68
6
GEARY Josh
NZL
-4
68
6
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-4
68
9
BOOTE David
WAL
-3
69
9
FARR Oliver
WAL
-3
69
9
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
-3
69
9
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-3
69
9
LIPPARELLI Edoardo Raffaele
ITA
-3
69
9
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-3
69
9
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-3
69
9
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-3
69
9
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-3
69
9
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-3
69
19
BLAND Richard
ENG
-2
70
19
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-2
70
19
FORD Matt
ENG
-2
70
19
GEYGER Nico
CHI
-2
70
19
HENRY Scott
SCO
-2
70
19
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
-2
70
19
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
-2
70
19
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-2
70
19
ROSS Craig
SCO
-2
70
19
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-2
70
19
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-2
70
19
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-2
70
19
STEWART Duncan
SCO
-2
70
19
TILEY Steven
ENG
-2
70
19
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-2
70
19
WEBER Lionel
FRA
-2
70
35
BERARDO Clément
FRA
-1
71
35
CUARTERO BLANCO Emilio
ESP
-1
71
35
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-1
71
35
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-1
71
35
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-1
71
35
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-1
71
35
GROS Sébastien
FRA
-1
71
35
JENSEN Lasse
DEN
-1
71
35
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-1
71
35
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
-1
71
35
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-1
71
35
MADDY Paul
ENG
-1
71
35
MEJOW Philipp
GER
-1
71
35
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-1
71
35
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-1
71
35
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-1
71
35
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-1
71
35
SAXTON Reinier
NED
-1
71
35
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-1
71
35
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-1
71
55
BRUN Julien
FRA
0
72
55
EVANS Ryan
ENG
0
72
55
FOOS Dominic
GER
0
72
55
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
0
72
55
MARY Dimitri
FRA
0
72
55
MULLER (AM) Nicolas
FRA
0
72
55
QUESNE Julien
FRA
0
72
55
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
0
72
63
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
1
73
63
BEKIRIAN Jean
FRA
1
73
63
CANTERO GUTIERREZ Ivan
ESP
1
73
63
FORD Charlie
ENG
1
73
63
FORET Julien
FRA
1
73
63
GIRRBACH Joel
SUI
1
73
63
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
1
73
63
ITEN Marco
SUI
1
73
63
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
1
73
63
JOUVEN Richard
FRA
1
73
63
KIM Minkyu
KOR
1
73
63
LARCELET (AM) Charles
FRA
1
73
63
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
1
73
63
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
1
73
63
RIU Victor
FRA
1
73
63
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
1
73
63
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
1
73
63
TREY (AM) Nathan
FRA
1
73
63
VEYRET Victor
FRA
1
73
82
BALLESTEROS Javier
ESP
2
74
82
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
2
74
82
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
2
74
82
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
2
74
82
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
2
74
82
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
2
74
82
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
2
74
82
HUIZING Daan
NED
2
74
82
MERONK Adrian
POL
2
74
82
SENIOR Jack
ENG
2
74
82
STAL Gary
FRA
2
74
93
BECHU Romain
FRA
3
75
93
BORDA David
ESP
3
75
93
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
3
75
93
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
3
75
93
HANSON Chris
ENG
3
75
93
MURRAY Tom
ENG
3
75
93
ROSAYE Amaury
FRA
3
75
93
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
3
75
93
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
3
75
93
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
3
75
93
STOW Ben
ENG
3
75
93
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
3
75
105
CANTER Laurie
ENG
4
76
105
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
4
76
105
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
4
76
105
LINARD Thomas
FRA
4
76
105
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
4
76
105
PONCELET Xavier
FRA
4
76
105
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
4
76
112
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
5
77
112
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
5
77
112
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
5
77
112
ESPAÑA Edouard
FRA
5
77
116
ALEXANDRE Lionel
FRA
6
78
116
CATHERINE Edgar
FRA
6
78
116
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
6
78
119
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
7
79
119
BORDONE (AM) Camille
FRA
7
79
119
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
7
79
122
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
8
80
122
SANTOS SILVA Tomas
POR
8
80
122
STALTER Joël
FRA
8
80
125
DAWSON Robin
IRL
9
81
126
LGUIRATI Ayoub
MAR
0
0