Oman Open R1

Migliozzi in the lead, Gagli and Moniari impress after coronavirus scare

February 27- March 01
Al Mouj Golf, Muscat, Oman
$1,750,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4



Lorenzo Gagli and Edoardo Molinari made impressive starts to the Oman Open despite only being given the all clear to compete at the last minute following a coronavirus scare.

Oman Open R1 - Migliozzi in the lead
Edoardo Molinari (Jane Barlow/PA Wire)

Both players had withdrawn from the European Tour event in Muscat on medical grounds on Wednesday. Gagli was tested for the virus after exhibiting flu-like symptoms and room-mate Molinari was moved to another hotel room.


When Gagli’s test came back negative the Italian pair, who had been replaced by Joel Sjoholm and Louis De Jager, were added to the field and sent out together at 1330 local time.

Gagli completed 17 holes in three under par and Molinari was two under when play was suspended due to darkness with another three players yet to complete their opening rounds.

In a statement on Twitter, Molinari wrote: “Still shocked by what happened in the last 36 hours. I am absolutely fine and so is my good friend Lorenzo.

“It was a scary and annoying situation because it is not something that was in our hands and there were no certainties at all.

“The European Tour, the Oman Ministry of Health, the Oman Golf Federation and all their staff did an unbelievable job and they tried everything they could to help us in this awful situation…Thank you all!


“Thank God everything is fine, we are healthy and we are back to playing golf, which even this morning seemed impossible!

“I will not release any other comments on the issue and I am sure you will all respect my privacy. Thanks for everyone who reached out to me, I truly appreciate that.”

Italy’s Guido Migliozzi holds the clubhouse lead on six under par following a bogey-free 66, with Brandon Stone, Rasmus Hojgaard and Taehee Lee on five under.


Former Ryder Cup players Andy Sullivan, Victor Dubuisson, Ross Fisher and Stephen Gallacher are among an eight-strong group on four under.

Migliozzi, who won twice last season, said: “It’s a very good start to the tournament, a 66 and a bogey-free round.

“This is a tricky course because the greens are tough and tight, and there are a lot of things which need your attention like the wind and the release of the ball.

“You can play each hole in a few different styles but it’s really cool and all the players are really happy to play here.”

Playing partner Stone, whose sole top-10 finish last season did not come until the end of October, carded five birdies in a bogey-free 67.

“Last year was a fantastic year for me, even though the results weren’t really there, because we put a lot of structure in place, physically and mentally, and we did it to transform me as a person as well as a golfer,” the South African said.

“My game feels fantastic and I’m feeling physically the best I ever have.

“Rounds like today make me sit back and think ‘That’s it, that’s what we’re after’ and after a bogey-free 67 on a tricky golf course that can bite you, I’m a very happy man.”


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Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
Hole
To Par
R1
1
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
18
-6
66
T2
Brandon Stone
RSA
18
-5
67
T2
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
18
-5
67
T2
Taehee Lee
KOR
18
-5
67
T5
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
18
-4
68
T5
Andy Sullivan
ENG
18
-4
68
T5
George Coetzee
RSA
18
-4
68
T5
Ross Fisher
ENG
18
-4
68
T5
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
18
-4
68
T5
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
18
-4
68
T5
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
18
-4
68
T5
Zander Lombard
RSA
18
-4
68
T13
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
18
-3
69
T13
Alexander Levy
FRA
18
-3
69
T13
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
18
-3
69
T13
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
18
-3
69
T13
Jeff Winther
SWE
18
-3
69
T13
Joost Luiten
NED
18
-3
69
T13
Justin Walters
RSA
18
-3
69
T13
Louis De Jager
RSA
18
-3
69
T13
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
18
-3
69
T13
Steven Brown
ENG
18
-3
69
T13
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
17
-3
T13
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
17
-3
T25
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
18
-2
70
T25
Ashun Wu
CHI
18
-2
70
T25
Clement Sordet
FRA
18
-2
70
T25
Grant Forrest
SCO
18
-2
70
T25
Jack Senior
ENG
18
-2
70
T25
Jordan Smith
ENG
18
-2
70
T25
Paul Waring
ENG
18
-2
70
T25
Peter Hanson
SWE
18
-2
70
T25
Richard McEvoy
ENG
18
-2
70
T25
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
FRA
18
-2
70
T25
Romain Langasque
FRA
18
-2
70
T25
Scott Hend
AUS
18
-2
70
T25
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
17
-2
T38
Andrea Pavan
ITA
18
-1
71
T38
Antoine Rozner
FRA
18
-1
71
T38
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
18
-1
71
T38
Benjamin Poke
DNK
18
-1
71
T38
Darius van Driel
NED
18
-1
71
T38
Gavin Green
MAS
18
-1
71
T38
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
18
-1
71
T38
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
18
-1
71
T38
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
FRA
18
-1
71
T38
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
18
-1
71
T38
Kalle Samooja
FIN
18
-1
71
T38
Renato Paratore
ITA
18
-1
71
T38
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
18
-1
71
T38
Thomas Detry
BEL
18
-1
71
T38
Travis Smyth
AUS
18
-1
71
T53
Adrien Saddier
SCO
18
Par
72
T53
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
18
Par
72
T53
Bryce Easton
RSA
18
Par
72
T53
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
18
Par
72
T53
Johannes Veerman
USA
18
Par
72
T53
Justin Suh
USA
18
Par
72
T53
Lars van Meijel
NED
18
Par
72
T53
Marcus Armitage
ENG
18
Par
72
T53
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
18
Par
72
T53
Maverick Antcliff
AUS
18
Par
72
T53
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
18
Par
72
T53
Nino Bertasio
ITA
18
Par
72
T53
Richard Bland
ENG
18
Par
72
T53
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
18
Par
72
T53
Sean Crocker
USA
18
Par
72
T53
Shaun Norris
RSA
18
Par
72
T53
Toby Tree
ENG
18
Par
72
T53
Wil Besseling
NED
18
Par
72
T53
Lee Slattery
ENG
17
Par
T72
Aaron Rai
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Adrian Meronk
POL
18
1
73
T72
Ashley Chesters
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Ben Stow
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Bradley Dredge
WAL
18
1
73
T72
Calum Hill
SCO
18
1
73
T72
Carlos Pigem
ESP
18
1
73
T72
Chris Paisley
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Connor Syme
SCO
18
1
73
T72
David Horsey
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Dean Burmester
RSA
18
1
73
T72
Francesco Laporta
ITA
18
1
73
T72
Haotong Li
CHN
18
1
73
T72
Jake McLeod
AUS
18
1
73
T72
James Sugrue
IRL
18
1
73
T72
Jason Scrivener
AUS
18
1
73
T72
Julien Guerrier
FRA
18
1
73
T72
Justin Harding
RSA
18
1
73
T72
Martin Kaymer
GER
18
1
73
T72
Matthew Southgate
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
18
1
73
T72
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
18
1
73
T72
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
18
1
73
T72
Richie Ramsay
SCO
18
1
73
T72
Robert Rock
ENG
18
1
73
T72
Scott Jamieson
SCO
18
1
73
T72
Scott Vincent
ZWE
18
1
73
T72
Sebastian Garcia
ESP
18
1
73
T72
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
18
1
73
T101
Darren Fichardt
RSA
18
2
74
T101
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
18
2
74
T101
Hugo Leon
CHI
18
2
74
T101
James Morrison
ENG
18
2
74
T101
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
18
2
74
T101
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
18
2
74
T101
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
18
2
74
T101
Paul Lawrie
SCO
18
2
74
T101
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
18
2
74
T101
Sami Vaelimaeki
FIN
18
2
74
T101
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
18
2
74
T101
Thomas Pieters
BEL
18
2
74
T101
Gregory Havret
FRA
17
2
T114
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
18
3
75
T114
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
18
3
75
T114
David Drysdale
SCO
18
3
75
T114
Garrick Porteous
ENG
18
3
75
T114
Jorge Campillo
ESP
18
3
75
T114
Laurie Canter
ENG
18
3
75
T114
Niklas Lemke
SWE
18
3
75
T114
Oliver Farr
WAL
18
3
75
T114
Oliver Fisher
ENG
18
3
75
T114
Robin Roussel
FRA
18
3
75
T114
Sebastian Heisele
GER
18
3
75
T114
Sihwan Kim
KOR
18
3
75
T126
Adria Arnaus
ESP
18
4
76
T126
David Coupland
ENG
18
4
76
T126
David Howell
ENG
18
4
76
T126
Graeme Storm
ENG
18
4
76
T126
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
18
4
76
T126
Oliver Wilson
ENG
18
4
76
T126
Sam Horsfield
ENG
18
4
76
T126
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
18
4
76
T134
Bailey Gill
ENG
18
5
77
T134
Dale Whitnell
ENG
18
5
77
T134
Nacho Elvira
ESP
18
5
77
T134
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
18
5
77
T134
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
18
5
77
T134
Matthew Jordan
ENG
18
5
77
T134
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
18
5
77
T134
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
THA
18
5
77
T142
Ricardo Santos
POR
18
6
78
T142
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
18
6
78
T144
David Law
SCO
18
7
79
T144
Jonathan Caldwell
NIR
18
7
79
146
Azaan Al Rumhy
OMA
18
10
82