Mutuactivos Open de España R1

Johannessen leads in Madrid as Spanish stars shine

October 03-06
Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Adri Arnaus leads the home charge at the Mutuactivos Open de España, but sits two strokes behind Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen, who carded an eight under par 63 to lead at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

Open de España R1 - Adri Arnaus leads the home charge but sits two strokes behind Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Kristian Krogh Johannessen. Credit: Getty Images

Johannessen, who started the day on the tenth tee, made the turn four under par after three birdies and an eagle, dropping his only shot of the day on the par four 16 th hole, and made four more gains on the front nine, including a birdie on the ninth hole to reach eight under par.

“I’m out there having fun and playing smart. It’s a tricky course, but I’ve got a friend on the bag this week and we’re having fun out there.

“It was a good round. I didn’t hit it perfectly, but hit it in the right spots, even when I missed and I holed some good putts. I just need to keep calm, play my own game and not get stressed out there. It’s a bit tricky, so if you get stressed you start easily making mistakes. I just need to keep cool and play my own game.”


Arnaus is one of five home hopefuls inside the top ten in the Spanish capital, carding a six under par round of 65 to take solo second. He made the turn at six under par after four birdies and an eagle on his front nine, and finished his round with a birdie on the ninth hole to cancel out a bogey on the fourth.

“It was such a fun round out there with the crowds following. I was really happy with how I played out there, especially the front nine – that was a lot of fun. I was happy to finish with a birdie on the ninth.

“I was six under through nine and finished birdie-birdie-birdie on my last holes on my front nine. That was amazing. I kept it going, but some of my putts on my back nine didn’t want to drop, but it finally dropped on the last, so I was really happy.”

The 24-year-old, who graduated from the European Challenge Tour last season, is making just his second appearance in his national Open and has enjoyed a fine rookie year on the European Tour, with three runner-up finishes in 2019.

Open de España R1 - Adri Arnaus leads the home charge but sits two strokes behind Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Adri Arnaus. Credit: Getty Images

Defending champion and World Number Five Jon Rahm shares third place with compatriot Rafa Cabrera Bello and four other golfers on five under par. While one shot further back is Spanish pair Samuel Del Val and Adrian Otaegui, who carded four under par rounds of 67, sharing ninth with seven others.

“It’s a tough golf course, you need to drive it well – and I did,” said Rahm. “The greens were perfect, they are the best greens I’ve putted on in Spain in my career as an amateur and as a pro. Me, Rafa and Adri played really well, especially on that front nine Adri got it going really well and me and Rafa were trying to catch up.

“My biggest challenge early on, and the reason I missed so many putts, is because I was trying to get the pace of the greens. They were so fast. I was getting used to the speed and the changes from last week to this week. Yesterday I did struggle with ball striking, but I fixed it and stayed committed to the changes I made.”

“We all got it going and once we made the turn, everyone was there. Every time you’re hitting shots, even if you’re missing, you’re getting a lot of words of encouragement.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-8
63
2
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-6
65
T3
Marcel Siem
GER
-5
66
T3
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-5
66
T3
Jon Rahm
ESP
-5
66
T3
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-5
66
T3
Dean Burmester
RSA
-5
66
T3
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-5
66
T9
Zander Lombard
RSA
-4
67
T9
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-4
67
T9
Samuel Del Val
ESP
-4
67
T9
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-4
67
T9
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
67
T9
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-4
67
T9
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-4
67
T9
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-4
67
T9
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-4
67
T18
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-3
68
T18
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-3
68
T18
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-3
68
T18
Matteo Manassero
ITA
-3
68
T18
Per Laengfors
SWE
-3
68
T18
Chris Hanson
ENG
-3
68
T18
Jake McLeod
AUS
-3
68
T18
Steven Brown
ENG
-3
68
T18
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-3
68
T18
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-3
68
T18
David Lipsky
USA
-3
68
T18
Ashun Wu
CHI
-3
68
T30
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
69
T30
David Drysdale
SCO
-2
69
T30
Justin Harding
RSA
-2
69
T30
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
69
T30
Mario Galiano
ESP
-2
69
T30
Javier Colomo
ESP
-2
69
T30
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
69
T30
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-2
69
T30
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
69
T30
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-2
69
T30
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
69
T30
Calum Hill
SCO
-2
69
T42
David Cooke
USA
-1
70
T42
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
ESP
-1
70
T42
Borja Virto
ESP
-1
70
T42
Tom Murray
ENG
-1
70
T42
Jeff Winther
SWE
-1
70
T42
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
70
T42
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
70
T42
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
70
T42
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-1
70
T42
Alexander Levy
FRA
-1
70
T42
Brett Rumford
AUS
-1
70
T42
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-1
70
T42
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
70
T42
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-1
70
T42
Jose Luis Gomez
ESP
-1
70
T42
Nick Mccarthy
ENG
-1
70
T42
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
70
T42
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-1
70
T42
James Morrison
ENG
-1
70
T42
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
-1
70
T42
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-1
70
T42
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
70
T42
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-1
70
T42
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
-1
70
T42
Max Orrin
ENG
-1
70
T67
Johannes Veerman
USA
Par
71
T67
Juan Salama
ESP
Par
71
T67
Lasse Jensen
DNK
Par
71
T67
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
71
T67
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
Par
71
T67
Ivan Cantero
ESP
Par
71
T67
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
Par
71
T67
Renato Paratore
ITA
Par
71
T67
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
Par
71
T67
Scott Gregory
ENG
Par
71
T67
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
71
T67
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
71
T67
John Catlin
USA
Par
71
T67
Daniel Berna
ESP
Par
71
T67
Antonio Hortal
ESP
Par
71
T67
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
Par
71
T67
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
Par
71
T67
David Horsey
ENG
Par
71
T85
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
72
T85
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
1
72
T85
Thomas Aiken
RSA
1
72
T85
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
72
T85
Max Schmitt
GER
1
72
T85
Emilio Cuartero
ESP
1
72
T85
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
1
72
T85
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
72
T85
Julian Suri
USA
1
72
T85
Kim Koivu
FIN
1
72
T85
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
1
72
T85
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
1
72
T85
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
72
T85
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
1
72
T99
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
73
T99
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
2
73
T99
Liam Johnston
SCO
2
73
T99
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
73
T99
Koen Kouwenaar
NED
2
73
T99
Joel Girrbach
SWE
2
73
T99
Ross McGowan
ENG
2
73
T99
David Borda
ESP
2
73
T99
Michael Hoey
NIR
2
73
T99
Scott Fernandez
ESP
2
73
T99
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
73
T99
Grant Forrest
SCO
2
73
T99
Adrien Saddier
SCO
2
73
T112
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
74
T112
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
74
T112
Marc Warren
SCO
3
74
T112
Alejandro Del Rey
ESP
3
74
T112
Oliver Wilson
ENG
3
74
T112
Haotong Li
CHN
3
74
T112
Jacobo Pastor
ESP
3
74
T112
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
3
74
T120
Paul Dunne
IRL
4
75
T120
Charlie Saxon
USA
4
75
T120
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
75
T120
David Howell
ENG
4
75
T124
Andres Romero
ARG
5
76
T124
Wade Ormsby
AUS
5
76
T124
Romain Wattel
FRA
5
76
T124
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
5
76
T124
Jorge Campillo
ESP
5
76
T124
Sean Crocker
USA
5
76
T124
Stuart Manley
WAL
5
76
T124
Espen Kofstad
NOR
5
76
T124
Austin Connelly
CAN
5
76
T124
Victor Pastor
ESP
5
76
134
Carlos Del Moral
ESP
6
77
135
Alvaro Velasco
ESP
7
78
T136
Jamie Abbott
ENG
8
79
T136
Michael Campbell
NZL
8
79
DSQ
Nico Geyger
CHI
Par