European Tour

KLM Open 2018

September 13-16

The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands

€1,800,000

September 13-16

The Dutch, Spijk, Netherlands

€1,800,000

Round 1

Wu on top in The Netherlands

September 13, 2018

Ashun Wu took advantage of ideal conditions during the opening round of the KLM Open by posting a bogey-free 64 to lead by one after 18 holes.

Wu on top in The Netherlands, © Getty Images

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The two-time European Tour winner was in imperious form at a sun-baked The Dutch, carding five front nine birdies to reach the turn in 31 before bagging two more gains over his closing nine to post the blemish-free score – his lowest round this season.

“I made a great start with five birdies over the front nine and I followed that up with two more over the back nine – and I'm very happy to have been bogey-free today."

“I was very good on the par threes today. I hit a nine iron on the 14 th to about four feet and then on the par three 16 th although I missed the green I managed to chip in for birdie."

“I feel very good from last week and I am gaining even more confidence this week.”

The Chinese player, whose last European Tour victory came in 2016 in Austria, continues his recent fine run having carded rounds of 70-65-65-70 in Switzerland last week where he finished tied sixth – his best result of 2018.

One adrift of Wu is Chris Wood who also went bogey free during the first day in Spijk, picking up six birdies to sign for a six under par 65.

“It was perfect out there this morning. The course is in such good condition and the greens are as good as any that we have played all year. When that is one of the best parts of your game it is great, especially when you get your eye in and knock a few in like I did today."

“Off the tee it is tough here. There is a little bit of room on some holes which helps me out as I'm not the straightest with the driver but there are a few drives here that you have to hit really well. That's the key for me really, if I can put the ball on the fairway then my iron play, my wedge play and my putting is good enough."

“After three weeks off Crans is not always the best place to start back as you're five minutes away from a disaster there. I played okay considering and it was good to get four rounds under my belt and I'm feeling a lot sharper this week."

“I finished in the top ten last year and I love this place so it's great to come back.”

A cluster of 13 players sit one shot further back on five under par after Day One, including Eddie Pepperell who continues to thrive at The Dutch, where he claimed a share of third place in the 2017 KLM Open.

Also in that group is American Kevin Stadler who impressed during his first appearance on the European Tour since 2014 by signing for a five under par score of 66.

“It was a beautiful morning today. It was chilly with a few light winds for the first five holes but then it was perfectly still later on."

“You have to drive well here. The rough is very nasty and you don't want to be a part of it. More than anything on your first time around here it can be a little tricky but if you find the fairways then you can score well. The greens are tricky as well but it is a good test and a good golf course."

“It has been a long time since I put a good round together and I certainly wasn't expecting a score like this so I'm very happy today. I putted well, that is normally my achilles heel, but I managed to roll in all of the putts that I should have done today.”

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Ashun Wu
CHI
-7
64
2
Chris Wood
ENG
-6
65
T3
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
66
T3
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-5
66
T3
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
66
T3
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
66
T3
Bradley Neil
SCO
-5
66
T3
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
66
T3
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
66
T3
Jordan Smith
ENG
-5
66
T3
Kevin Stadler
USA
-5
66
T3
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
66
T3
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
66
T3
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
66
T3
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
66
T16
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
67
T16
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-4
67
T16
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-4
67
T16
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-4
67
T16
Matteo Manassero
ITA
-4
67
T16
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
67
T16
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
67
T16
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-4
67
T16
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
67
T16
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
-4
67
T16
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
67
T27
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
68
T27
Gregory Havret
FRA
-3
68
T27
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
68
T27
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
68
T27
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-3
68
T27
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
T27
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
68
T27
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
68
T27
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-3
68
T27
Paul Peterson
USA
-3
68
T27
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
68
T27
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-3
68
T39
Adam Bland
AUS
-2
69
T39
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
69
T39
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
69
T39
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
69
T39
Chase Koepka
USA
-2
69
T39
Connor Syme
SCO
-2
69
T39
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-2
69
T39
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
69
T39
David Horsey
ENG
-2
69
T39
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
69
T39
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
69
T39
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
69
T39
James Morrison
ENG
-2
69
T39
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-2
69
T39
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
69
T39
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
69
T39
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
69
T39
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
69
T39
Max Albertus
NED
-2
69
T39
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
69
T39
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
69
T39
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
69
T39
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-2
69
T39
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-2
69
T39
Steve Webster
ENG
-2
69
T39
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
69
T65
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
70
T65
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-1
70
T65
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
70
T65
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
70
T65
Jason Norris
AUS
-1
70
T65
Jerry Ji
NED
-1
70
T65
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
70
T65
Johan Edfors
SWE
-1
70
T65
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-1
70
T65
Marcel Siem
GER
-1
70
T65
Mark Foster
ENG
-1
70
T65
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
70
T65
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-1
70
T65
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
70
T65
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
70
T65
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-1
70
T65
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
T65
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
70
T65
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-1
70
T65
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
70
T65
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
T65
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
70
T65
Simon Khan
ENG
-1
70
T65
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
70
T89
Andrew Dodt
AUS
Par
71
T89
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
71
T89
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
71
T89
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
71
T89
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
71
T89
Daniel Brooks
ENG
Par
71
T89
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
T89
Mark Tullo
CHL
Par
71
T89
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
71
T89
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
71
T89
Pep Angles
ESP
Par
71
T89
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
71
T89
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
71
T102
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
72
T102
Daniel Im
USA
1
72
T102
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
72
T102
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
72
T102
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
72
T102
Josh Geary
NZL
1
72
T102
Jurrian van der Vaart
NED
1
72
T102
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
72
T102
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
72
T102
Luke Joy
ENG
1
72
T102
Ralph Miller
NED
1
72
T102
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
72
T102
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
72
T102
Ryan Evans
ENG
1
72
T116
Angel Cabrera
ARG
2
73
T116
David Howell
ENG
2
73
T116
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
73
T116
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
73
T116
Mark Reynolds
NED
2
73
T116
Oscar Serna
MEX
2
73
T116
Reinier Saxton
NED
2
73
T116
Robbie van West
NED
2
73
T116
Scott Jamieson
SCO
2
73
T116
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
73
T116
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
73
T127
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
74
T127
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
74
T127
Davey Porsius
NED
3
74
T127
Jamie Elson
ENG
3
74
T127
Koen Kouwenaar
NED
3
74
T127
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
3
74
T127
Paul Waring
ENG
3
74
T127
Rak Cho
KOR
3
74
T127
Simon Dyson
ENG
3
74
T127
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
74
T127
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
74
T138
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
75
T138
Luca Cianchetti
ITA
4
75
T138
Lukas Euler
GER
4
75
T138
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
75
T142
Dylan Boshart
NED
5
76
T142
Marc Warren
SCO
5
76
T142
Zander Lombard
RSA
5
76
T145
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
6
77
T145
Kiet van der Weele
NED
6
77
T145
Ross Fisher
ENG
6
77
T145
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
6
77
T149
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
7
78
T149
Brett Rumford
AUS
7
78
T149
Stan Kraai
NED
7
78
T152
David Lipsky
USA
9
80
T152
Maarten Bosch
NED
9
80
154
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
11
82
155
Aydan Verdonk
NED
12
83
RET
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
-
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Ashun Wu
CHI
-7
64
2
Chris Wood
ENG
-6
65
T3
Aaron Rai
ENG
-5
66
T3
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-5
66
T3
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-5
66
T3
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-5
66
T3
Bradley Neil
SCO
-5
66
T3
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-5
66
T3
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-5
66
T3
Jordan Smith
ENG
-5
66
T3
Kevin Stadler
USA
-5
66
T3
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
66
T3
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-5
66
T3
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
66
T3
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
66
T16
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
67
T16
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-4
67
T16
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
-4
67
T16
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-4
67
T16
Matteo Manassero
ITA
-4
67
T16
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
67
T16
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-4
67
T16
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-4
67
T16
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
67
T16
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
-4
67
T16
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-4
67
T27
Austin Connelly
CAN
-3
68
T27
Gregory Havret
FRA
-3
68
T27
Haotong Li
CHN
-3
68
T27
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-3
68
T27
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-3
68
T27
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
T27
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-3
68
T27
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
68
T27
Padraig Harrington
IRL
-3
68
T27
Paul Peterson
USA
-3
68
T27
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
68
T27
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-3
68
T39
Adam Bland
AUS
-2
69
T39
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
69
T39
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
69
T39
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
69
T39
Chase Koepka
USA
-2
69
T39
Connor Syme
SCO
-2
69
T39
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-2
69
T39
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
69
T39
David Horsey
ENG
-2
69
T39
Gavin Green
MAS
-2
69
T39
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
69
T39
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-2
69
T39
James Morrison
ENG
-2
69
T39
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-2
69
T39
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-2
69
T39
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-2
69
T39
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-2
69
T39
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
69
T39
Max Albertus
NED
-2
69
T39
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-2
69
T39
Sam Brazel
AUS
-2
69
T39
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
69
T39
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-2
69
T39
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-2
69
T39
Steve Webster
ENG
-2
69
T39
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
69
T65
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
70
T65
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
-1
70
T65
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
70
T65
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
70
T65
Jason Norris
AUS
-1
70
T65
Jerry Ji
NED
-1
70
T65
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
70
T65
Johan Edfors
SWE
-1
70
T65
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-1
70
T65
Marcel Siem
GER
-1
70
T65
Mark Foster
ENG
-1
70
T65
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
70
T65
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-1
70
T65
Matthew Jordan
ENG
-1
70
T65
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-1
70
T65
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-1
70
T65
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
T65
Paul Dunne
IRL
-1
70
T65
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-1
70
T65
Richard Bland
ENG
-1
70
T65
Ryan Fox
NZL
-1
70
T65
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
70
T65
Simon Khan
ENG
-1
70
T65
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
70
T89
Andrew Dodt
AUS
Par
71
T89
Andy Sullivan
ENG
Par
71
T89
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
71
T89
Chris Hanson
ENG
Par
71
T89
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
Par
71
T89
Daniel Brooks
ENG
Par
71
T89
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
T89
Mark Tullo
CHL
Par
71
T89
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
71
T89
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
71
T89
Pep Angles
ESP
Par
71
T89
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
71
T89
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
Par
71
T102
Adrien Saddier
SCO
1
72
T102
Daniel Im
USA
1
72
T102
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
1
72
T102
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
72
T102
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
72
T102
Josh Geary
NZL
1
72
T102
Jurrian van der Vaart
NED
1
72
T102
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
72
T102
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
72
T102
Luke Joy
ENG
1
72
T102
Ralph Miller
NED
1
72
T102
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
72
T102
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
72
T102
Ryan Evans
ENG
1
72
T116
Angel Cabrera
ARG
2
73
T116
David Howell
ENG
2
73
T116
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
2
73
T116
Kim Koivu
FIN
2
73
T116
Mark Reynolds
NED
2
73
T116
Oscar Serna
MEX
2
73
T116
Reinier Saxton
NED
2
73
T116
Robbie van West
NED
2
73
T116
Scott Jamieson
SCO
2
73
T116
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
73
T116
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
73
T127
Andrew Johnston
ENG
3
74
T127
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
74
T127
Davey Porsius
NED
3
74
T127
Jamie Elson
ENG
3
74
T127
Koen Kouwenaar
NED
3
74
T127
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
3
74
T127
Paul Waring
ENG
3
74
T127
Rak Cho
KOR
3
74
T127
Simon Dyson
ENG
3
74
T127
Thomas Detry
BEL
3
74
T127
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
3
74
T138
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
4
75
T138
Luca Cianchetti
ITA
4
75
T138
Lukas Euler
GER
4
75
T138
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
75
T142
Dylan Boshart
NED
5
76
T142
Marc Warren
SCO
5
76
T142
Zander Lombard
RSA
5
76
T145
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
6
77
T145
Kiet van der Weele
NED
6
77
T145
Ross Fisher
ENG
6
77
T145
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
6
77
T149
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
7
78
T149
Brett Rumford
AUS
7
78
T149
Stan Kraai
NED
7
78
T152
David Lipsky
USA
9
80
T152
Maarten Bosch
NED
9
80
154
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
11
82
155
Aydan Verdonk
NED
12
83
RET
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
-