European Tour

Omega European Masters 2018

September 06-09

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

€2,700,000

September 06-09

Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, Crans-Montana, Switzerland

€2,700,000

Round 1

Kieffer sets early pace in Crans

September 06, 2018

Maximilian Kieffer fired his lowest opening round for five years to take the lead after day one of the Omega European Masters.

Kieffer sets early pace in Crans, © Getty Images

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“I managed to stay out of the trouble today and played nicely. It was a good day, I played very good tee to green and holed a few putts, so I can't complain."

“I played pretty good my first year, I finished just outside the top ten but since then not really. I love the place though, it's so nice, and it's a good place to stay calm on the golf course."

“I have played very well the last couple of weeks and have been hitting the ball nicely since Sweden and the putting feels ok as well, so just trying to stay calm with the mind and hopefully keep the confidence up."

The German birdied three of his last five holes at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club on the way to a 64 that left him at six under, a shot clear of Frenchman Julien Guerrier, Dane Søren Kjeldsen, England's Andy Sullivan and Japanese Hideto Tanihara.

“I think last week was a great boost for me to play well the last three days in front of my home crowd, it was really nice," said Kjeldsen, "and I think the pleasing part today was that I continued that form. Game was great, obviously had a few problems a couple of times but managed to make good pars but most of it was solid."

“It is a tricky golf course. It just takes one second of not paying attention to get into terrible trouble here. I like the golf course, it's probably in the best condition I've ever seen it. I think the greens are better than ever, there seems to be a little less grass on the greens which is really nice. It is a great test."

Scot David Drysdale, Spaniard Nacho Elvira and South African pair Erik van Rooyen and Justin Walters were then two shots off the lead at four under.

Kieffer has established himself as one of the most consistent players on the European Tour since graduating from the Challenge Tour in 2012, keeping his card every season since, and recently finished third at the Nordea Masters for his first top ten of the season.

Belgian pair Thomas Detry and Thomas Pieters, New Zealander Ryan Fox, Spaniard Pablo Larrazábal, French duo Alexander Levy and Matthieu Pavon, England's Aaron Rai and South African Charl Schwartzel were all at three under.

Last week's winner Matt Wallace and local favourite Benjamin Rusch were at two under, a shot ahead of defending champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-6
64
T2
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
65
T2
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-5
65
T2
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-5
65
T2
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
65
T6
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
66
T6
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
66
T6
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
66
T6
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
66
T10
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
67
T10
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
67
T10
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-3
67
T10
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
67
T10
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
67
T10
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
67
T10
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
67
T10
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
T18
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
68
T18
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
68
T18
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
-2
68
T18
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
68
T18
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
68
T18
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-2
68
T18
David Lipsky
USA
-2
68
T18
Doug Ghim
USA
-2
68
T18
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
68
T18
Laurie Canter
ENG
-2
68
T18
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
68
T18
Lee Westwood
ENG
-2
68
T18
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-2
68
T18
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
68
T18
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
68
T18
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-2
68
T18
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
68
T18
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
68
T18
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
68
T37
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
69
T37
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
69
T37
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-1
69
T37
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-1
69
T37
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
69
T37
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-1
69
T37
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
69
T37
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
69
T37
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
69
T37
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
69
T37
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-1
69
T37
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-1
69
T37
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
69
T37
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
69
T37
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
69
T37
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
69
T37
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
69
T37
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
69
T37
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-1
69
T37
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
69
T37
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
69
T37
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
69
T37
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
69
T37
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
69
T61
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
70
T61
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
70
T61
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
70
T61
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
70
T61
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
70
T61
David Horsey
ENG
Par
70
T61
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
T61
James Morrison
ENG
Par
70
T61
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
70
T61
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
70
T61
Kim Koivu
FIN
Par
70
T61
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
70
T61
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
70
T61
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
70
T61
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
70
T61
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
70
T61
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
70
T61
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
70
T61
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
70
T61
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
70
T81
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
71
T81
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
71
T81
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
71
T81
Chase Koepka
USA
1
71
T81
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
71
T81
David Howell
ENG
1
71
T81
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
1
71
T81
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
71
T81
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
71
T81
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
71
T81
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
71
T81
Marc Warren
SCO
1
71
T81
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
71
T81
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
71
T81
Matthias Schwab
AUT
1
71
T81
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
1
71
T81
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
71
T81
Oliver Farr
WAL
1
71
T81
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
71
T81
Paul Waring
ENG
1
71
T81
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
1
71
T81
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
1
71
T103
Adam Bland
AUS
2
72
T103
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
72
T103
Andres Romero
ARG
2
72
T103
Daniel Im
USA
2
72
T103
Haotong Li
CHN
2
72
T103
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
72
T103
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
72
T103
Marcel Siem
GER
2
72
T103
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
2
72
T103
Pedro Oriol
ESP
2
72
T103
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
72
T103
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
72
T103
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
72
T103
Scott Fernandez
ESP
2
72
T103
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
72
T118
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
73
T118
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
73
T118
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
73
T118
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
73
T118
Gerold Folk
AUT
3
73
T118
Lasse Jensen
DNK
3
73
T118
Luca Galliano
SUI
3
73
T118
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
73
T118
Sebastian Heisele
GER
3
73
T127
Adrien Saddier
SCO
4
74
T127
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
74
T127
Connor Syme
SCO
4
74
T127
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
74
T127
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
4
74
T127
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
74
T127
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
4
74
T127
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
4
74
T127
Mathias Groenberg
SWE
4
74
T127
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
4
74
T127
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
4
74
T127
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
74
T127
Robert Foley
SUI
4
74
T127
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
74
T127
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
74
T127
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
74
T143
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
75
T143
Marcus Fraser
AUS
5
75
T143
Rak Cho
KOR
5
75
T143
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
75
T147
Carlos Pigem
ESP
7
77
T147
John Daly
USA
7
77
T147
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
77
T147
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
77
T151
Marc Dobias
SUI
8
78
T151
Steven Brown
ENG
8
78
T151
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
8
78
154
Jason Norris
AUS
9
79
155
Cedric Gugler
SUI
10
80
156
Sebastien Gros
FRA
14
84
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-6
64
T2
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-5
65
T2
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-5
65
T2
Julien Guerrier
FRA
-5
65
T2
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-5
65
T6
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
66
T6
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-4
66
T6
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-4
66
T6
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
66
T10
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
67
T10
Alexander Levy
FRA
-3
67
T10
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-3
67
T10
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-3
67
T10
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-3
67
T10
Ryan Fox
NZL
-3
67
T10
Thomas Detry
BEL
-3
67
T10
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
T18
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-2
68
T18
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-2
68
T18
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
-2
68
T18
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
68
T18
Danny Willett
ENG
-2
68
T18
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-2
68
T18
David Lipsky
USA
-2
68
T18
Doug Ghim
USA
-2
68
T18
Josh Geary
NZL
-2
68
T18
Laurie Canter
ENG
-2
68
T18
Lee Slattery
ENG
-2
68
T18
Lee Westwood
ENG
-2
68
T18
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-2
68
T18
Matt Wallace
ENG
-2
68
T18
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-2
68
T18
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-2
68
T18
Robert Rock
ENG
-2
68
T18
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-2
68
T18
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-2
68
T37
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-1
69
T37
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
69
T37
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-1
69
T37
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-1
69
T37
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
69
T37
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-1
69
T37
Gavin Green
MAS
-1
69
T37
George Coetzee
RSA
-1
69
T37
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
69
T37
Gregory Havret
FRA
-1
69
T37
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-1
69
T37
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-1
69
T37
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
69
T37
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
69
T37
Martin Kaymer
GER
-1
69
T37
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
69
T37
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-1
69
T37
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
69
T37
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-1
69
T37
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
69
T37
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-1
69
T37
Romain Wattel
FRA
-1
69
T37
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-1
69
T37
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
-1
69
T61
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
70
T61
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
70
T61
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
70
T61
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
Par
70
T61
Brett Rumford
AUS
Par
70
T61
David Horsey
ENG
Par
70
T61
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
T61
James Morrison
ENG
Par
70
T61
Jeff Winther
SWE
Par
70
T61
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
70
T61
Kim Koivu
FIN
Par
70
T61
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
70
T61
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
70
T61
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
Par
70
T61
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
70
T61
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
70
T61
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
70
T61
Ross Fisher
ENG
Par
70
T61
Scott Hend
AUS
Par
70
T61
Wade Ormsby
AUS
Par
70
T81
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
1
71
T81
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
71
T81
Bradley Neil
SCO
1
71
T81
Chase Koepka
USA
1
71
T81
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
71
T81
David Howell
ENG
1
71
T81
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
1
71
T81
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
71
T81
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
1
71
T81
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
71
T81
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
1
71
T81
Marc Warren
SCO
1
71
T81
Matteo Manassero
ITA
1
71
T81
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
71
T81
Matthias Schwab
AUT
1
71
T81
Mikko Ilonen
FIN
1
71
T81
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
1
71
T81
Oliver Farr
WAL
1
71
T81
Paul Dunne
IRL
1
71
T81
Paul Waring
ENG
1
71
T81
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
1
71
T81
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
1
71
T103
Adam Bland
AUS
2
72
T103
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
2
72
T103
Andres Romero
ARG
2
72
T103
Daniel Im
USA
2
72
T103
Haotong Li
CHN
2
72
T103
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
72
T103
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
72
T103
Marcel Siem
GER
2
72
T103
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
2
72
T103
Pedro Oriol
ESP
2
72
T103
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
72
T103
Richie Ramsay
SCO
2
72
T103
Sam Horsfield
ENG
2
72
T103
Scott Fernandez
ESP
2
72
T103
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
2
72
T118
Andrew Dodt
AUS
3
73
T118
Chris Hanson
ENG
3
73
T118
Clement Sordet
FRA
3
73
T118
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
73
T118
Gerold Folk
AUT
3
73
T118
Lasse Jensen
DNK
3
73
T118
Luca Galliano
SUI
3
73
T118
Sam Brazel
AUS
3
73
T118
Sebastian Heisele
GER
3
73
T127
Adrien Saddier
SCO
4
74
T127
Charlie Ford
ENG
4
74
T127
Connor Syme
SCO
4
74
T127
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
74
T127
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
4
74
T127
Jorge Campillo
ESP
4
74
T127
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
4
74
T127
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
4
74
T127
Mathias Groenberg
SWE
4
74
T127
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
4
74
T127
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
4
74
T127
Renato Paratore
ITA
4
74
T127
Robert Foley
SUI
4
74
T127
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
74
T127
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
74
T127
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
74
T143
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
75
T143
Marcus Fraser
AUS
5
75
T143
Rak Cho
KOR
5
75
T143
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
5
75
T147
Carlos Pigem
ESP
7
77
T147
John Daly
USA
7
77
T147
Pelle Edberg
SWE
7
77
T147
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
7
77
T151
Marc Dobias
SUI
8
78
T151
Steven Brown
ENG
8
78
T151
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
8
78
154
Jason Norris
AUS
9
79
155
Cedric Gugler
SUI
10
80
156
Sebastien Gros
FRA
14
84