Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil R1

Easton and Pigem share the spoils in Italy

June 27-30
Terre dei Consoli Golf Club, Monterosi, Italy
€300,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Bryce Easton and Carlos Pigem share the lead at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil at the end of day one at Terre dei Consoli Golf Club.

Italian Challenge Open R1 - Easton and Pigem share the spoils in Italy
Bryce Easton, © Getty Images

The pair carded rounds of 66, six under par, in soaring temperatures to hold a one stroke advantage over four players after the first round in Italy.

Easton, who finished tied third at the South African Open hosted by the City of Johannesburg at the start of the season, began strongly with a birdie on the tenth hole – his first – before making two further gains in a bogey free front nine.

His only blemish came at the par four first, but the South African bounced back with consecutive birdies on the third and fourth, before completing his opening round in style, picking up two more strokes on his final two holes to sign for a round of 66.

Pigem also recorded a bogey free front nine, as he started from the first hole and made successive gains on the fourth and fifth holes as well as the eighth and ninth to make the turn at four under par.


Like Easton, the Spaniard only made one bogey, coming at the par four 11th but birdies at 13, 14 and a final one of the round at the 17th saw the 28-year-old join Easton at the top.

With the temperature rising in the afternoon, Easton was delighted to finish with consecutive birdies to move to the top of the leaderboard.

“I was pretty happy with those two birdies,” he said. “I told myself to finish strong and that started with a good tee shot on eight which avoided the trap and left me with a straightforward chip, which I hit to within a couple of feet which was nice.

“On 18 – the ninth hole – it was a pretty accessible flag, even into the wind. You know you are going to lay up and it doesn’t matter where you lay it up to, because you know you’ve got to throw it long and right and let it feedback. I was happy to make a 12 foot birdie from there. I was happy that I gave myself a chance to get to six under par to finish the day with a really good score.”

Pigem, who finished seventh at the Andalucía – Costa del Sol Match Play 9 last week, was pleased to continue his good form and share the lead at the end of day one.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “I started really well and was hitting the ball really well, especially my second shots.

Italian Challenge Open R1 - Easton and Pigem share the spoils in Italy
Carlos Pigem, © Getty Images

“I shot four under on the front nine and then the wind picked up on the back nine, which made it tricky. I made back-to-back birdies on the par fives and then made a good birdie on 17 for a nice round of 66.”

A stroke behind the duo on five under par is a quartet of players, including Chile’s Felipe Aguilar, Nicolai Højgaard of Denmark, Australian Jordan Zunic, and Lorenzo Scalise, who leads the Italian charge after his bogey free round of 67.

The second round of the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil gets under way at 7:00am local time, with Easton teeing off at 7:40am and Pigem at 8:20am.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
EASTON, Bryce
-6
66
PIGEM, Carlos
-6
66
3
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-5
67
SCALISE, Lorenzo
-5
67
AGUILAR, Felipe
-5
67
ZUNIC, Jordan
-5
67
7
ROZNER, Antoine
-4
68
SYME, Connor
-4
68
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-4
68
FARR, Oliver
-4
68
BESSELING, Wil
-4
68
MACCARIO, Federico
-4
68
ECCLES, Ben
-4
68
14
McGOWAN, Ross
-3
69
JORDAN, Matthew
-3
69
FENASSE, Mathieu
-3
69
DI NITTO, Enrico
-3
69
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-3
69
HENRY, Scott
-3
69
KIM, Minkyu
-3
69
21
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
-2
70
LIMA, José-Filipe
-2
70
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
-2
70
NEMECZ, Lukas
-2
70
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-2
70
STALTER, Joël
-2
70
CANTER, Laurie
-2
70
STEWART, Duncan
-2
70
SIEM, Marcel
-2
70
IM, Daniel
-2
70
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
-2
70
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-2
70
SERGHINI, Faycal
-2
70
34
MRUZEK, Filip
-1
71
ROMANO (AM), Andrea
-1
71
HANSON, Chris
-1
71
COUPLAND, Dave
-1
71
HAVRET, Grégory
-1
71
ROUSSEL, Robin
-1
71
LAPORTA, Francesco
-1
71
COUSSAUD, Ugo
-1
71
DUBOIS, Edouard
-1
71
BOURDY, Grégory
-1
71
PERRIER, Damien
-1
71
HOWIE, Craig
-1
71
SCHWARTZ, Antoine
-1
71
HIDALGO, Angel
-1
71
ELVIRA, Manuel
-1
71
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-1
71
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-1
71
LENGDEN, Oscar
-1
71
BENSON, Seve
-1
71
CHO, Rak hyun
-1
71
BOOTE, David
-1
71
LINARD, Thomas
-1
71
DAWSON, Robin
-1
71
GRADECKI, Mateusz
-1
71
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
-1
71
59
CRUZ, Tiago
Par
72
ACIKALIN (AM), Leon
Par
72
MERONK, Adrian
Par
72
LLOYD, Chris
Par
72
JOANNES, Hugues
Par
72
MIVIS, Christopher
Par
72
TRAPPEL, Manuel
Par
72
PIAGET, Sandro
Par
72
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
Par
72
KNAPPE, Alexander
Par
72
LIPPARELLI, Edoardo Raffaele
Par
72
JENSEN, Lasse
Par
72
MCCARTHY, Nick
Par
72
SJÖHOLM, Joel
Par
72
ARMITAGE, Marcus
Par
72
74
STUREHED, Henric
1
73
SIMONSEN, Martin
1
73
FERNANDEZ, Scott
1
73
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
1
73
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
1
73
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
1
73
RIU, Victor
1
73
STAL, Gary
1
73
PETROZZI, Gian-Marco
1
73
HEISELE, Sebastian
1
73
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
1
73
SARACINO, Andrea
1
73
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
1
73
EVANS, Ryan
1
73
ITEN, Marco
1
73
LAMPERT, Moritz
1
73
GEARY, Josh
1
73
LGUIRATI, Ayoub
1
73
92
POKE, Benjamin
2
74
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
2
74
SAXTON, Reinier
2
74
ZUCCHETTI, Federico
2
74
TREE, Toby
2
74
SANTOS, Ricardo
2
74
SHARVIN, Cormac
2
74
STOW, Ben
2
74
YOUNG, Mark
2
74
LAFEBER, Maarten
2
74
ENOCH, Rhys
2
74
VIRTO, Borja
2
74
HILL, Calum
2
74
TINNING, Nicolai
2
74
BALDWIN, Matthew
2
74
WIEGELE, Martin
2
74
COCKERILL, Aaron
2
74
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
2
74
MEJOW, Philipp
2
74
111
ABBOTT, Jamie
3
75
KEYSER, Mathiam
3
75
BRUN, Julien
3
75
MATUS, Stanislav
3
75
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
3
75
FERGUSON, Ewen
3
75
FORD, Matt
3
75
GALLIANO, Luca
3
75
PEACOCK, Daniel
3
75
BRAEUNIG, Christian
3
75
DEAN, Joe
3
75
GREGORY, Scott
3
75
THOMSON, Jonathan
3
75
TILEY, Steven
3
75
FOOS, Dominic
3
75
126
GAL, Petr
4
76
KAPLAN (AM), Orkunhan
4
76
GROS, Sébastien
4
76
MAZZOLI (AM), Stefano
4
76
HESBOIS, Kevin
4
76
ROBB, Chris
4
76
NEIL, Bradley
4
76
GLOET, Christian
4
76
KOEPKA, Chase
4
76
PORTEOUS, Garrick
4
76
MADDY, Paul
4
76
SPOONER, Billy
4
76
138
AHOKAS, Antti
5
77
DEL MORAL, Carlos
5
77
ROSS, Craig
5
77
HURLEY, Gary
5
77
142
CAFOUREK, Jan
6
78
QUESNE, Julien
6
78
HUIZING, Daan
6
78
KÖLBING, Jonas
6
78
GEYGER, Nico
6
78
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
6
78
148
LINDELL, Oliver
7
79
NILEHN, Fredrik
7
79
CEA, Michele
7
79
BERARDO, Clément
7
79
FORD, Charlie
7
79
153
VECCHI FOSSA, Jacopo
8
80
CIANCHETTI, Luca
8
80
155
OLSEN, Aksel
9
81
156
DAYDOU, Alexandre
11
83