KPMG Trophy R1

Heisele goes low in Belgium

August 29 – September 01
Millennium Golf, Paal, Beringen, Belgium
€185,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Sebastian Heisele admits the thought of shooting golf’s magic number entered his mind but was all smiles after carding an opening round of ten under par 61 at the KPMG Trophy.

KPMG Trophy R1 - Heisele goes low in Belgium
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The German started on the tenth hole and made five birdies and an eagle before running into a short back-up on his second nine.

“I hadn’t thought of it, but we were first out in the afternoon and were quite quick on our front nine and on the second tee I sort of thought ‘seven under through ten I might have a chance here if I keep going,’” he said. “So it did pop into my head, but I tried to not let it necessarily disrupt anything and to go two-off of 59 is not too bad.

“I felt like I played well all day. My putting was pretty solid, I probably hit 17 greens and I was very steady off the tee, so in general, everything just came together.”

The 31-year-old kept his scorecard clean and converted three more birdies on his way into the clubhouse. The fast start, a welcome sign for Heisele who is getting his game back in shape after a short break from competition.

“I’m just happy to be back out. My wife’s foot has been in a cast for the past few weeks, so there were a couple weeks at home that I didn’t expect, so to be out and post a number again, especially after a difficult last year was nice.”

The task for Heisele now shifts to backing up such a strong opening-round, which can often prove to be a tall order in professional golf.

“I know the trend is not necessarily to follow up a good round with another good one, so I’ll just focus on steady progress tomorrow, keep doing what I’m doing and try to pick up a few more.”

Sitting one shot back of the leader is Robin Roussel, who carded a nine under par 62 at Millennium Golf as he continues a fine campaign in his third season on the Challenge Tour.

The Frenchman is currently ninth in the Rankings following a win at the Hauts de France – Pas de Calais Golf Open and four other top tens.

A trio of players, Gudmundur Kristjansson, Jack Senior and Filip Mruzek share third place on eight under par following strong opening rounds of their own.

Day one of the KPMG Trophy was delayed by two hours in the morning after crews worked feverishly to prepare the Paal, Belgium course, which had been pounded by strong rains overnight.

As a result, the opening round was suspended due to darkness at 8:16 pm local time. Play is set to resume tomorrow morning at 8:00 am. Tee times for the second round will be pushed back by 40 minutes as a result.


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Hole
To Par
R1
1
HEISELE, Sebastian
18
-10
61
2
ROUSSEL, Robin
18
-9
62
3
MRUZEK, Filip
18
-8
63
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
18
-8
63
SENIOR, Jack
18
-8
63
6
FREIBURGHAUS, Jeremy
18
-7
64
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
18
-7
64
STOW, Ben
18
-7
64
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
18
-7
64
EASTON, Bryce
18
-7
64
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
18
-7
64
McGOWAN, Ross
18
-7
64
13
HUIZING, Daan
18
-6
65
CANTER, Laurie
18
-6
65
SIEM, Marcel
18
-6
65
DAWSON, Robin
18
-6
65
SJÖHOLM, Joel
18
-6
65
FERNANDEZ, Scott
18
-6
65
19
KÖLBING, Jonas
18
-5
66
GANE, Chris
18
-5
66
WIEGELE, Martin
18
-5
66
MANSELL, Richard
18
-5
66
HENRY, Scott
18
-5
66
SANTOS, Ricardo
18
-5
66
HIDALGO, Angel
18
-5
66
LOPES, Vitor
18
-5
66
BESSELING, Wil
18
-5
66
MAZZOLI, Stefano
15
-5
29
BENSON, Seve
18
-4
67
FENASSE, Mathieu
18
-4
67
MIVIS, Christopher
18
-4
67
QUESNE, Julien
18
-4
67
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
18
-4
67
OLSEN, Aksel
18
-4
67
LACROIX, Frederic
18
-4
67
SARACINO, Andrea
18
-4
67
BRAEUNIG, Christian
18
-4
67
DE WOUTERS (AM), Jean
18
-4
67
HAVRET, Grégory
18
-4
67
ROZNER, Antoine
18
-4
67
COUPLAND, Dave
15
-4
BAEK, Peter Launer
15
-4
EROFEJEFF, Peter
15
-4
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
14
-4
MATUS, Stanislav
12
-4
VEYRET, Victor
12
-4
47
BOOTE, David
18
-3
68
EDBERG, Pelle
18
-3
68
BERARDO, Clément
18
-3
68
LAFEBER, Maarten
18
-3
68
ORRIN, Max
18
-3
68
MCCARTHY, Nick
18
-3
68
KO (AM), Jeong weon
18
-3
68
GAL, Petr
18
-3
68
MCBRIDE, Paul
18
-3
68
VAN WEST, Robbie
18
-3
68
DEL VAL, Samuel
18
-3
68
POKE, Benjamin
18
-3
68
FRITSCH, Florian
18
-3
68
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
18
-3
68
BALDWIN, Matthew
18
-3
68
FERGUSON, Ewen
18
-3
68
KIM, Minkyu
18
-3
68
LINARD, Thomas
15
-3
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
15
-3
TINNING, Nicolai
15
-3
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
15
-3
STAL, Gary
12
-3
69
BRUN, Julien
18
-2
69
ITEN, Marco
18
-2
69
FOOS, Dominic
18
-2
69
SIMONSEN, Martin
18
-2
69
GEARY, Josh
18
-2
69
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
18
-2
69
ROSS, Craig
18
-2
69
ELVIRA, Manuel
18
-2
69
KORINEK, Ales
18
-2
69
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
18
-2
69
CLEMENTS, Todd
18
-2
69
PIGEM, Carlos
18
-2
69
LAMPERT, Moritz
18
-2
69
FARR, Oliver
18
-2
69
TILEY, Steven
18
-2
69
MANASSERO, Matteo
18
-2
69
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
18
-2
69
GROS, Sébastien
18
-2
69
FORD, Matt
15
-2
ARMITAGE, Marcus
15
-2
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
15
-2
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
15
-2
TOLLENAIRE (AM), Jarno
15
-2
WIDEGREN, Pontus
14
-2
93
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
18
-1
70
BEKKER, Oliver
18
-1
70
WRISDALE, Jordan
18
-1
70
ANGLES, Pep
18
-1
70
COHEN, Perry
18
-1
70
GLENNEMO, Jacob
18
-1
70
DEAN, Joe
18
-1
70
KARLBERG, Rikard
18
-1
70
MADDY, Paul
18
-1
70
DE BONDT, Alan
18
-1
70
JOANNES, Hugues
18
-1
70
KAKKO, Roope
18
-1
70
MCLEARY, Jamie
18
-1
70
WATREMEZ, Guillaume
18
-1
70
WHITNELL, Dale
18
-1
70
ZACH, Šimon
18
-1
70
PIAGET, Sandro
18
-1
70
VALASEK, Peter
18
-1
70
SAXTON, Reinier
18
-1
70
MEDALE, Franck
18
-1
70
MACCARIO, Federico
18
-1
70
ERIKSSON, Martin
18
-1
70
ROBB, Chris
15
-1
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
15
-1
JOHANSSON, Niclas
15
-1
WEYDTS CAESENS, Gaetan
15
-1
BUIJS, Lars
15
-1
GRANT, Stephen
14
-1
121
HOWIE, Craig
18
Par
71
LLOYD, Chris
18
Par
71
VANHOOTEGEM, Nicolas
18
Par
71
HESBOIS, Kevin
18
Par
71
PERRIER, Damien
18
Par
71
ABBOTT, Jamie
18
Par
71
YOUNG, Mark
18
Par
71
GRADECKI, Mateusz
18
Par
71
GEYGER, Nico
18
Par
71
VAN DOREN, Yente
18
Par
71
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
18
Par
71
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
18
Par
71
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
14
Par
134
SPOONER, Billy
18
1
72
ECCLES, Ben
18
1
72
SYME, Connor
18
1
72
CARON, Rowin
18
1
72
NEIL, Bradley
18
1
72
HIGGO, Garrick
18
1
72
MOHR, Marcus
18
1
72
STUREHED, Henric
18
1
72
MERONK, Adrian
18
1
72
143
HURLEY, Gary
18
2
73
MEJOW, Philipp
18
2
73
GALAND (AM), Arnaud
18
2
73
GASPAR, Miguel
18
2
73
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN, Oliver
18
2
73
VIRTO, Borja
18
2
73
149
LEYS, Thibaut
18
3
74
FORD, Charlie
18
3
74
WITTMANN, Sebastian
15
3
152
OLIVIERS (AM), Gaspard
18
4
75
FENTEN, Michael
15
4
154
IM, Daniel
18
6
77
RIU, Victor
18
6
77
156
WAHBI (AM), Adem
18
7
78
157
KEMALOGLU, Ediz
18
8
79
158
DE SCHUTTER (AM), Anthony
18
9
80