Magical Kenya Open R1

Hebert edges ahead in Kenya

Kenya Open 2021 R1

March 18-21
Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya
€1,000,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Kenya Open 2021 R1 - Hebert edges ahead in Kenya
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Benjamin Hebert birdied the final hole late in the day to steal the first round lead at the Magical Kenya Open presented by Johnnie Walker, the Frenchman carding a seven under par round of 64 to take a one-stroke advantage ahead of a packed leaderboard at Karen Country Club.



“It was a fantastic day. I played very solid all day long. It’s been a long time since it has been like this. We managed the distance control, because it’s very hard here with the wind and altitude. We weren’t too aggressive and a holed some good putts also. It was a good day. 

“In the morning you have to take out ten percent and in the afternoon it’s closer to 15 – that’s what we played. And I think we did pretty well.”




The 34-year-old is a six-time winner on the Challenge Tour but has yet to claim a maiden European Tour title despite a number of agonisingly close calls, resulting in three runner up finishes during the 2019 Race to Dubai.

Hebert, who has twice played at Karen Country Club during his time on the Challenge Tour, got off to a shaky start in Nairobi as he bogeyed the first – but six birdies, including at the 18th and an eagle at the par five 12th earned him a narrow lead.



“Twelve is a short par five, so you always expect to have at least a birdie. I hit three wood then seven iron, a little bit long and holed a 15-foot putt. It was good but I played well all day, so I’m very happy.”

“My strategy worked well. I didn’t play too aggressive or hit many drivers. In the morning it’ll be a little bit wetter, so maybe we can be more aggressive with the pins, we’ll see tomorrow.”


Kenya Open 2021 R1


Kenya Open 2021 R1

Seven players shared second place after the opening round on six under par, including Englishman Sam Horsfield – a two-time winner in the 2020 campaign who is making his first start of the 2021 Race to Dubai after returning from a back injury.

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“I tore a disc in my back in Cyprus at the end of last year,” said Horsfield. “Then I was just getting treatment and I didn’t feel like I was ready for the Middle East – I picked up a club around the time of the Saudi event. I had a good group today and it was a lot of fun and it’s great to be back competing.”

“It took me a while to get into the round even though I was three under through the first four. I still felt a little different to playing golf at home. The back nine was a little questionable but then I hit a good shot on the front nine and it sort of got me into the flow of the round again.”

Kenya Open 2021 R1



Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Benjamin Hebert *
-7
64
T2
Calum Hill *
-6
65
T2
Sam Horsfield
-6
65
T2
Raphael Jacquelin
-6
65
T2
Adrian Meronk *
-6
65
T2
Bernd Ritthammer *
-6
65
T2
Kalle Samooja *
-6
65
T2
Connor Syme *
-6
65
T9
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-5
66
T9
Justin Harding
-5
66
T9
Matthew Southgate *
-5
66
T9
Julian Suri *
-5
66
T9
Dale Whitnell
-5
66
T14
Nino Bertasio
-4
67
T14
Robson Chinhoi *
-4
67
T14
Dave Coupland
-4
67
T14
Rhys Enoch
-4
67
T14
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-4
67
T14
Gregory Havret
-4
67
T14
Scott Hend
-4
67
T14
Garrick Higgo
-4
67
T14
Kurt Kitayama *
-4
67
T14
Søren Kjeldsen
-4
67
T14
Romain Langasque
-4
67
T14
Niklas Lemke
-4
67
T14
Wilco Nienaber *
-4
67
T14
Richie Ramsay *
-4
67
T14
Toby Tree *
-4
67
T14
Justin Walters *
-4
67
T30
Dean Burmester
-3
68
T30
Victor Dubuisson *
-3
68
T30
Oliver Farr *
-3
68
T30
Matt Ford
-3
68
T30
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-3
68
T30
Gavin Kyle Green *
-3
68
T30
Joachim B. Hansen *
-3
68
T30
David Howell
-3
68
T30
Maximilian Kieffer *
-3
68
T30
Jacques Kruyswijk *
-3
68
T30
Damien Perrier *
-3
68
T30
Robin Roussel
-3
68
T30
Jayden Schaper *
-3
68
T30
Jack Senior *
-3
68
T30
Jordan Smith
-3
68
T30
Johannes Veerman
-3
68
T30
Scott Vincent
-3
68
T30
Lars van Meijel *
-3
68
T48
Marcus Armitage
-2
69
T48
Steven Brown *
-2
69
T48
Jamie Donaldson
-2
69
T48
Ooko Erick Obura *
-2
69
T48
Darren Fichardt
-2
69
T48
Tae Hee Lee *
-2
69
T48
Taimur Malik *
-2
69
T48
Carlos Pigem
-2
69
T48
Benjamin Poke *
-2
69
T48
JC Ritchie
-2
69
T48
Romain Wattel *
-2
69
T48
Darius van Driel *
-2
69
T60
Pep Angles *
-1
70
T60
Louis De Jager
-1
70
T60
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño *
-1
70
T60
Lorenzo Gagli
-1
70
T60
Julien Guerrier *
-1
70
T60
Daan Huizing
-1
70
T60
Jazz Janewattananond
-1
70
T60
Anthony Juma
-1
70
T60
Francesco Laporta *
-1
70
T60
Joost Luiten *
-1
70
T60
Richard McEvoy *
-1
70
T60
Kyong-Jun Moon
-1
70
T60
Adrian Otaegui
-1
70
T60
Haydn Porteous
-1
70
T60
Aaron Rai
-1
70
T60
Marcel Schneider *
-1
70
T60
Cormac Sharvin *
-1
70
T60
Sebastian Soderberg
-1
70
T60
Oliver Wilson
-1
70
T79
Richard Bland *
E
71
T79
John Catlin *
E
71
T79
Ashley Chesters *
E
71
T79
Aaron Cockerill *
E
71
T79
Ben Evans
E
71
T79
Ewen Ferguson *
E
71
T79
Rikard Karlberg *
E
71
T79
Jose-Filipe Lima
E
71
T79
Guido Migliozzi *
E
71
T79
James Morrison
E
71
T79
Garrick Porteous
E
71
T79
Adrien Saddier *
E
71
T79
Ricardo Santos *
E
71
T79
Matthias Schwab
E
71
T79
Lee Slattery
E
71
T79
Greg Snow
E
71
T79
Joel Stalter *
E
71
T96
Wil Besseling *
1
72
T96
Jonathan Caldwell *
1
72
T96
George Coetzee *
1
72
T96
David Drysdale *
1
72
T96
Jens Fahrbring
1
72
T96
Phillip Kasozi *
1
72
T96
Mathiam Keyser *
1
72
T96
Sihwan Kim *
1
72
T96
David Law
1
72
T96
Ondrej Lieser (a) *
1
72
T96
Richard Mansell (a)
1
72
T96
Simon Ngige Mburu *
1
72
T96
Samuel Njoroge Chege
1
72
T96
Jacob Okello *
1
72
T96
Tapio Pulkkanen *
1
72
T96
Alvaro Quiros
1
72
T96
Kristoffer Reitan *
1
72
T96
Lorenzo Scalise *
1
72
T114
Jorge Campillo
2
73
T114
Alejandro Cañizares *
2
73
T114
Yi Keun Chang
2
73
T114
Oliver Fisher
2
73
T114
Grant Forrest
2
73
T114
Edwin Inana Asuza *
2
73
T114
Liam Johnston
2
73
T114
Anton Karlsson
2
73
T114
Joakim Lagergren
2
73
T114
Hurly Long (a)
2
73
T114
Jastas Madoya Asena *
2
73
T114
Edoardo Molinari
2
73
T114
Matthieu Pavon
2
73
T114
Max Schmitt
2
73
T114
Robin Sciot-Siegrist *
2
73
T114
Shubhankar Sharma *
2
73
T114
Jaydeep Singh Sandhu
2
73
T114
Cj Wangai
2
73
T132
Maverick Antcliff
3
74
T132
SSP Chawrasia
3
74
T132
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
3
74
T132
Nicolai Højgaard
3
74
T132
Victor Joseph
3
74
T132
Masahiro Kawamura
3
74
T132
Alexander Levy *
3
74
T132
Clement Sordet
3
74
T132
Daniel van Tonder *
3
74
T141
Pedro Figueiredo *
4
75
T141
Haotong Li *
4
75
T141
Andrew Oche Odoh
4
75
T141
Isaac Ogolla Makokha *
4
75
T141
Chris Paisley
4
75
T141
David Wakhu
4
75
T147
Lucas Bjerregaard
5
76
T147
Dismas Indiza Anyonyi *
5
76
T147
Paul Musangi Njuguna
5
76
T150
Tyler Koivisto *
6
77
T150
Ross McGowan *
6
77
T150
Gavin Moynihan
6
77
153
Riz Charania *
8
79
154
Mathew Omondi
9
80
155
Adel Balala
10
81
156
Zander Lombard *
11
82
* Player started on the back nine