ISPS Handa Wales Open R1

Connor Syme well placed to make up for last week's near miss at Celtic Manor

August 20-23
The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


ISPS Handa Wales R1 - Connor Syme in contention
Connor Syme tees off on the 6th (Tim Goode/PA Wire)


Scotland’s Connor Syme played himself into contention to make up for last week’s near miss at Celtic Manor with an opening 66 at the same venue in the ISPS Handa Wales Open.


Syme carded seven birdies and two bogeys to claim a share of the lead with England’s Jordan Smith on five under par, with Robert MacIntyre, Sebastian Soderberg, Callum Shinkwin and Kurt Kitayama sharing third place on three under.

Syme held a one-shot lead after 54 holes of the Celtic Classic but had to settle for a share of third place following a final round of 71 which was compiled either side of a two-hour lightning delay.



“We were thinking a little bit about how they might change the golf course but the wind has certainly done that for us – a completely different direction and a lot stronger,” the 25-year-old said.

“It was a good round, I had to plan my way around differently but I did that and holed a few nice putts which was a bonus.

“I took a lot of confidence from last week. It was a new experience for me having a 54-hole lead and I really enjoyed it. I’m trying to get back into those positions as much as I can.


“It’s a long way to go and I think tomorrow is going to be a tough day (with bad weather) so it’s just like jockeying for position a little bit the first two days, but I’m up the top end of the leaderboard, which is good, and can hopefully kick on a little bit tomorrow.”

Asked how valuable his experience of last week could prove, Syme added: “Massively. You never really know how you’re going to handle it all until you’re in those situations, sleeping a little bit different on a lead was obviously new.

“Having won on the Challenge Tour has definitely helped me. I’m drawing on all the experiences, trying to build the bank up as much as I can and I guess today was another one of those.”

ISPS Handa Wales R1 - Connor Syme in contention
Jordan Smith lines up a putt on the eighteenth (Tim Goode/PA Wire)


Smith finished 22nd last week and feels his game is getting back on track after making swing changes during the enforced shutdown of the European Tour due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I did a lot of work in lockdown and the missed cut at Forest of Arden was probably a blessing in disguise,” the 27-year-old said.

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“We’d probably gone a bit too far with what we were working on with the swing and just getting it back more neutral. That’s definitely helped the last few weeks, I’ve been able to control the ball a lot better.”

Sam Horsfield’s bid for back-to-back wins at Celtic Manor and a third victory in the space of four weeks got off to a flying start with three birdies in the first five holes, but the 23-year-old eventually signed for a two-over-par 73.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Jordan Smith
-5
66
T1
Connor Syme
-5
66
T3
Kurt Kitayama
-3
68
T3
Robert MacIntyre
-3
68
T3
Callum Shinkwin
-3
68
T3
Sebastian Soderberg
-3
68
T7
Renato Paratore
-2
69
T7
Ashley Chesters
-2
69
T7
Thomas Pieters
-2
69
T7
Marcus Kinhult
-2
69
T7
Matthew Jordan
-2
69
T7
Matthew Southgate
-2
69
T13
Louis De Jager
-1
70
T13
David Dixon
-1
70
T13
Liam Johnston
-1
70
T13
Daan Huizing
-1
70
T13
Sami Välimäki
-1
70
T13
Jason Scrivener
-1
70
T13
Sebastian Heisele
-1
70
T13
Marcel Siem
-1
70
T13
Brandon Stone
-1
70
T13
Ryan Fox
-1
70
T13
Justin Harding
-1
70
T13
Aaron Rai
-1
70
T13
Martin Simonsen
-1
70
T26
Adrien Saddier
E
71
T26
Nicolas Colsaerts
E
71
T26
Sihwan Kim
E
71
T26
Steven Tiley
E
71
T26
Laurie Canter
E
71
T26
Maximilian Kieffer
E
71
T26
Richard McEvoy
E
71
T26
Damien Perrier
E
71
T26
Adrian Otaegui
E
71
T26
Jacques Kruyswijk
E
71
T26
Ben Evans
E
71
T26
Oliver Fisher
E
71
T26
Romain Langasque
E
71
T26
Robert Rock
E
71
T26
Tapio Pulkkanen
E
71
T26
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
E
71
T26
David Law
E
71
T43
Lucas Bjerregaard
1
72
T43
Oliver Farr
1
72
T43
Oscar Lengden
1
72
T43
Jonathan Caldwell
1
72
T43
Chris Paisley
1
72
T43
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
1
72
T43
Dean Burmester
1
72
T43
Haotong Li
1
72
T43
Edoardo Molinari
1
72
T43
Lorenzo Scalise
1
72
T43
Clement Sordet
1
72
T43
Ewen Ferguson
1
72
T43
Lars van Meijel
1
72
T56
Ross McGowan
2
73
T56
Jake McLeod
2
73
T56
Aaron Cockerill
2
73
T56
Daniel Young (a)
2
73
T56
Adrian Meronk
2
73
T56
Michael Campbell
2
73
T56
John Catlin
2
73
T56
Andrew Johnston
2
73
T56
Sam Horsfield
2
73
T56
Julian Suri
2
73
T56
Cormac Sharvin
2
73
T56
Calum Hill
2
73
T56
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
2
73
T56
Dale Whitnell
2
73
T56
Bryce Easton
2
73
T56
Niklas Lemke
2
73
T56
Jack Senior
2
73
T56
Alejandro Cañizares
2
73
T56
Adri Arnaus
2
73
T56
Wil Besseling
2
73
T56
Philip Eriksson
2
73
T56
Carlos Pigem
2
73
T56
James Morrison
2
73
T56
Gavin Kyle Green
2
73
T56
Richie Ramsay
2
73
T56
Joachim B. Hansen
2
73
T82
Nicolai Højgaard
3
74
T82
Sean Crocker
3
74
T82
Matthew Baldwin
3
74
T82
Haydn Porteous
3
74
T82
Craig Howie
3
74
T82
Guido Migliozzi
3
74
T82
Eddie Pepperell
3
74
T82
Joel Sjoholm
3
74
T82
JC Ritchie
3
74
T82
Benjamin Poke
3
74
T82
Shubhankar Sharma
3
74
T82
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
3
74
T82
Marcus Armitage
3
74
T82
Grégory Bourdy
3
74
T82
Ross Fisher
3
74
T82
Masahiro Kawamura
3
74
T82
Paul Dunne
3
74
T99
Rhys Enoch
4
75
T99
Justin Walters
4
75
T99
Jorge Campillo
4
75
T99
Scott Vincent
4
75
T99
Jeff Winther
4
75
T99
Jbe Kruger
4
75
T99
Francesco Laporta
4
75
T99
Bernd Ritthammer
4
75
T99
Mikko Korhonen
4
75
T99
Thomas Bjørn
4
75
T99
Darius van Driel
4
75
T99
Grant Forrest
4
75
T111
Lorenzo Gagli
5
76
T111
Hurly Long (a)
5
76
T111
Phillip Price
5
76
T111
Wilco Nienaber
5
76
T111
Andrea Pavan
5
76
T116
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
6
77
T116
Tom Gandy
6
77
T116
Alexander Björk
6
77
T116
Stephen Gallacher
6
77
T116
Gavin Moynihan
6
77
T116
Zander Lombard
6
77
T116
Anton Karlsson
6
77
T116
Min Woo Lee
6
77
T116
Zach Murray
6
77
T125
Lee Slattery
7
78
T125
Oliver Wilson
7
78
127
Shiv Kapur
8
79
T128
Graeme Storm
9
80
T128
Ugo Coussaud
9
80
130
Kristoffer Reitan
11
82
131
Mark Pilkington
12
83