Italian Open R1

Canter flies out of the traps in Italy

October 22-25
Chervò Golf Club, San Vigilio di Pozzolengo, Brescia, Italy
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Italian Open 2020 R1 - Canter flies out of the traps in Italy
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Laurie Canter got off to a spectacular start at the Italian Open, as the Englishman carded a 12 under par opening round 60 to take a four-shot lead at Chervò Golf Club.


“It feels great. The score, days like that, the back nine there, everything’s gone in. I gave myself some chances and it was just one of those days where you’ve just got to enjoy the ride.

“I did say to Jamie in the practice round that I thought this was somewhere I could do well. I think it’s playing quite long and it definitely helps being able to hit it straight and that’s something I’ve been able to do most of this year so far. I like the golf course but I think obviously a lot of things have gone right today to help me shoot that.



“Winning, you need a lot of things to go your way. Portugal, I felt like I did about as well as I could that week and come second. I’ve had other weeks where I’ve felt the same and come tenth, so the standard is good. So for me to win, and for me to say I feel ready to win, I feel like I’m jumping the gun. You play as well as you can for four days and hopefully it’s your week. You do need things to go your way, I feel, to win.”

The 30-year-old carded ten birdies and an eagle and threatened the magic number of 59 in Brescia. An eagle three at the par-five 18th hole would have put him alongside his countryman Oliver Fisher – the only man to have carded a sub-60 round in European Tour history – albeit due to placing on the fairways the score would not have been official.


Canter couldn’t reach the green in two, but still holed a 25-foot putt on the last for a closing birdie. That earned him a four-stroke lead, the largest first-round lead of the season, with Denmark’s Joachim B Hansen and South Africa’s Dean Burmester in a share of second place on eight under par following a pair of 64s.

“Just the round I was looking for,” said Hansen. “A bit lower than I expected, but you’ll always take eight under. My putting was really good – holed a lot of putts. My irons were really good as well. The only thing I consider that went wrong was the driver – I could have hit a bit more fairways.





“The short par five on the sixth hole, and the other par fives are reachable. There’s a lot of opportunities. I worked on ball striking, hitting the ball more in the middle. When I hit it in the middle of the club, I produce good shots. I just need to do that more.”

World Number 35 Bernd Wiesberger got his title defence off to a solid start as the Austrian signed for a five under par 67 while former World Number One and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer opened his account with a three under 69.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Laurie Canter
-12
60
T2
Joachim B. Hansen
-8
64
T2
Dean Burmester
-8
64
T4
Damien Perrier
-7
65
T4
Richard Bland
-7
65
T4
Adri Arnaus
-7
65
T4
Oscar Lengden
-7
65
T4
Wil Besseling
-7
65
T9
Matthew Jordan
-6
66
T9
Robin Roussel
-6
66
T9
Julien Quesne
-6
66
T9
Jack Senior
-6
66
T9
Kristoffer Reitan
-6
66
T9
Ross McGowan
-6
66
T9
Niklas Lemke
-6
66
T16
Stefano Mazzoli (a)
-5
67
T16
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
-5
67
T16
Jonathan Caldwell
-5
67
T16
Tapio Pulkkanen
-5
67
T16
Adrian Otaegui
-5
67
T16
Lorenzo Scalise
-5
67
T16
Adrian Meronk
-5
67
T16
Bernd Wiesberger
-5
67
T16
Victor Perez
-5
67
T16
Nicolai Højgaard
-5
67
T16
Aaron Cockerill
-5
67
T16
Marcus Armitage
-5
67
T28
Steven Tiley
-4
68
T28
Sebastian Heisele
-4
68
T28
Eduardo De la Riva
-4
68
T28
Joel Sjoholm
-4
68
T28
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
-4
68
T28
Matt Wallace
-4
68
T28
Francesco Laporta
-4
68
T28
Jorge Campillo
-4
68
T28
Scott Jamieson
-4
68
T28
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-4
68
T28
Louis De Jager
-4
68
T28
Bryce Easton
-4
68
T28
Antoine Rozner
-4
68
T28
Toby Tree
-4
68
T28
Nicolas Colsaerts
-4
68
T28
Guido Migliozzi
-4
68
T28
Edoardo Molinari
-4
68
T28
Jamie Donaldson
-4
68
T28
Adrien Saddier
-4
68
T28
Dale Whitnell
-4
T28
Gaganjeet Bhullar
-4
68
T28
Daniel Young (a)
-4
68
T50
Thorbjørn Olesen
-3
69
T50
Marcel Schneider
-3
69
T50
David Drysdale
-3
69
T50
Alejandro Cañizares
-3
69
T50
Chris Paisley
-3
69
T50
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-3
69
T50
Martin Kaymer
-3
69
T50
Dave Coupland
-3
69
T50
Marc Warren
-3
69
T50
Cormac Sharvin
-3
69
T50
David Horsey
-3
69
T50
Hurly Long (a)
-3
69
T50
Alvaro Quiros
-3
69
T50
Clement Sordet
-3
69
T50
Liam Johnston
-3
69
T50
Ashun Wu
-3
69
T66
Ben Evans
-2
70
T66
Andrea Saracino
-2
70
T66
Jens Fahrbring
-2
70
T66
Justin Walters
-2
70
T66
Matthieu Pavon
-2
70
T66
Tom Gandy
-2
70
T66
Daan Huizing
-2
70
T66
Lorenzo Gagli
-2
70
T66
Lars van Meijel
-2
70
T66
Nino Bertasio
-2
70
T66
Joost Luiten
-2
70
T66
Federico Maccario
-2
70
T66
Johannes Veerman
-2
70
T66
Filippo Bergamaschi
-2
70
T66
Yikeun Chang
-2
70
T66
Maverick Antcliff
-2
T82
Steven Brown
-1
71
T82
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-1
71
T82
Renato Paratore
-1
71
T82
Romain Wattel
-1
71
T82
Wade Ormsby
-1
71
T82
Jason Scrivener
-1
71
T82
Matteo Manassero
-1
71
T82
Darius van Driel
-1
71
T90
Gavin Moynihan
E
72
T90
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
E
72
T90
Matthias Schwab
E
72
T90
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
E
72
T90
Rikard Karlberg
E
72
T90
Lee Westwood
E
72
T90
Aron Zemmer
E
72
T90
Andrea Romano (a)
E
72
T90
Enrico Di Nitto
E
72
T99
Joël Stalter
1
73
T99
Wilco Nienaber
1
73
T99
Ricardo Santos
1
73
T102
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
2
74
T102
Giulio Castagnara
2
74
T102
Pedro Figueiredo
2
74
T102
S.S.p. Chawrasia
2
74
T102
Jordan Smith
2
74
T107
Raphael Jacquelin
3
75
T107
Scott Vincent
3
75
T107
Tommaso Perrino
3
75
T107
Carlos Pigem
3
75
T107
JC Ritchie
3
75
112
Craig Howie
4
76
113
Matthew Baldwin
5
77
114
Benjamin Poke
8
80