Omega European Masters R1

Lorenzo-Vera and Schwab reach the Swiss summit

August 29 – September 01
Crans-sur-Sierre GC, Crans Montana, Switzerland
€2,500,000
Live leaderboard
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Mike Lorenzo-Vera lit up the back nine at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club to share the lead with Matthias Schwab at seven under par after day one of the Omega European Masters.

Omega European Masters R1 - Lorenzo-Vera and Schwab tied for the lead
Mike Lorenzo-Vera. Credit: Getty Images

“ I’m very happy because I just had five weeks off. It was a stressful five weeks with a wedding and moving plus two kids. I managed to bring the head together pretty well today. I stroked the ball really well, with the irons, the putter.

“The best thing to do (with so much going on) is to have a very, very good psychologist, that you call often. I’m not kidding, that’s really what I do. Try to clean the head as much as possible outside the tournament and come here fresh and ready to play golf.

“The changes (to the course) make it a little bit less stressful. 12th and 14th greens, more fair. Fifteen is longer but easier around the green. They made the course more fair and it feels good when you are here.”

A host of Major Championship and multiple European Tour winners have made the trip to stunning Crans Montana this week – including World Number Two Rory McIlroy – but it was two men seeking a first victory who set the pace with opening rounds of 63.


Austrian Schwab had set the target in the morning with a bogey free effort before Frenchman Lorenzo-Vera came home in 29 to join him at the summit in the spectacular Swiss venue.

“It was a good day for me. Got off to a pretty good start, holed a bunker shot on four and that got my round going. Couldn’t really keep it up on the back nine. Had a couple of really good looks, but still seven under is a good start.

“It reminds me of home a lot. I grew up in the mountains and still live there. I like being here, I like the mountains.

“I don’t know if growing up at altitude is an advantage, you still have to hit shots and play good shots. Obviously I know how far my ball is going at this altitude. That surely helps but other than that I don’t think it’s really an advantage.”

Italian Lorenzo Gagli, Finn Mikko Korhonen and Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg are their closest challengers at six under par, one shot ahead of 2017 Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood, South African Erik van Rooyen – who clinched his maiden European Tour title in Sweden last week – Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Scot David Drysdale, Malaysia’s Gavin Green and Italian Guido Migliozzi.

“I am very pleased with a 64,” said Korhonen. “I holed a couple of times from the fairway with eagles on seven and 17, so it was quite a round. On the previous hole I had four shots from 12 feet to make double. I had two bogeys and a double and still shot 64, so I have to be happy with that.

“It’s about ten percent more on the ball flight (at altitude) that’s what we worked out. And the greens are quite soft still, but I think on the weekend it will be a different game. I’ve got to hit every fairway I think.”

Sergio Garcia, the 2017 Masters Tournament winner and champion here in 2005, is amongst a group of 11 players at four under par, while four time Major winner McIlroy is one of 16 players shot further back and four shots off the lead at three under par.


“It’s so different, it’s fun,” said McIlroy. “The 18th hole finishes basically in the middle of the town. It’s a very nice atmosphere to play in. A little more relaxed. It’s been such a big adjustment for me from the sort of golf and courses I’ve been playing the last few weeks to here. I felt like I did OK with it today, didn’t putt as well as I wanted to. 

“I feel like when I’m playing my best I’m the best player in the world. I would like to get back there. It’s been a goal of mine for a while. I haven’t experienced that summit for the last four years. I feel like with the work that I’m putting in and the consistent golf that I’m playing, hopefully it’s only a matter time.”


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KPMG Trophy R3

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
T1
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-7
63
T1
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
-7
63
T3
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-6
64
T3
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-6
64
T3
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-6
64
T6
David Drysdale
SCO
-5
65
T6
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-5
65
T6
Gavin Green
MAS
-5
65
T6
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
-5
65
T6
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-5
65
T6
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
65
T12
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-4
66
T12
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-4
66
T12
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-4
66
T12
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-4
66
T12
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-4
66
T12
Lee Slattery
ENG
-4
66
T12
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
66
T12
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-4
66
T12
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-4
66
T12
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-4
66
T12
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-4
66
T23
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-3
67
T23
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-3
67
T23
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
67
T23
Troy Merritt
USA
-3
67
T23
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
67
T23
Rory McIlroy
NIR
-3
67
T23
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
67
T23
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
67
T23
Luke Donald
ENG
-3
67
T23
Miguel Angel Jimenez
ESP
-3
67
T23
James Morrison
ENG
-3
67
T23
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
67
T23
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-3
67
T23
Chris Wood
ENG
-3
67
T23
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
67
T23
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
-3
67
T39
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-2
68
T39
Ryan Fox
NZL
-2
68
T39
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-2
68
T39
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-2
68
T39
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-2
68
T39
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
-2
68
T39
Clement Sordet
FRA
-2
68
T39
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-2
68
T39
Ross Fisher
ENG
-2
68
T39
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
68
T39
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-2
68
T39
Sean Crocker
USA
-2
68
T39
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
-2
68
T39
Max Schmitt
GER
-2
68
T39
Per Laengfors
SWE
-2
68
T54
David Horsey
ENG
-1
69
T54
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
69
T54
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-1
69
T54
Joost Luiten
NED
-1
69
T54
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
69
T54
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
69
T54
Victor Perez
FRA
-1
69
T54
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-1
69
T54
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
69
T54
Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra
ESP
-1
69
T54
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-1
69
T54
Louis De Jager
RSA
-1
69
T54
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-1
69
T54
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
69
T54
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
69
T54
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-1
69
T54
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
69
T54
Danny Willett
ENG
-1
69
T54
David Howell
ENG
-1
69
T54
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
-1
69
T54
Kurt Kitayama
USA
-1
69
T54
Liam Johnston
SCO
-1
69
T54
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
69
T77
Ashley Chesters
ENG
Par
70
T77
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
Par
70
T77
Mathias Eggenberger
SUI
Par
70
T77
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
Par
70
T77
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
70
T77
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
Par
70
T77
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
Par
70
T77
Oliver Fisher
ENG
Par
70
T77
Stuart Manley
WAL
Par
70
T77
Andrea Pavan
ITA
Par
70
T77
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
70
T77
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
70
T77
Jake McLeod
AUS
Par
70
T77
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
70
T77
Scott Jamieson
SCO
Par
70
T77
Richie Ramsay
SCO
Par
70
T77
Romain Wattel
FRA
Par
70
T77
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
70
T77
Lucas Herbert
AUS
Par
70
T77
Haydn Porteous
RSA
Par
70
T77
Raphael De Sousa
CHE
Par
70
T77
Giovanni Manzoni
ITA
Par
70
T77
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
Par
70
T100
Ashun Wu
CHI
1
71
T100
Richard McEvoy
ENG
1
71
T100
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
71
T100
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
71
T100
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
71
T100
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
1
71
T100
Zander Lombard
RSA
1
71
T100
David Law
SCO
1
71
T100
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
1
71
T100
Padraig Harrington
IRL
1
71
T100
Bernd Wiesberger
AUT
1
71
T100
Brandon Stone
RSA
1
71
T100
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
71
T100
Alexander Levy
FRA
1
71
T100
Justin Walters
RSA
1
71
T100
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
1
71
T100
Gregory Molteni
ITA
1
71
T117
Jorge Campillo
ESP
2
72
T117
Julian Suri
USA
2
72
T117
Nicola Gerhardsen
SUI
2
72
T117
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
2
72
T117
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
72
T117
David Borda
ESP
2
72
T117
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
2
72
T117
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
72
T117
Wilco Nienaber
RSA
2
72
T117
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
72
T117
Hugo Leon
CHI
2
72
T117
Ronan Kleu
SWI
2
72
T129
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
3
73
T129
Paul Dunne
IRL
3
73
T129
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
3
73
T129
Niklas Lemke
SWE
3
73
T129
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
73
T129
Benjamin Rusch
SWE
3
73
T129
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
3
73
T129
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
73
T129
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
3
73
T129
Matthew Southgate
ENG
3
73
T129
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
3
73
T140
Brett Rumford
AUS
4
74
T140
Andy Sullivan
ENG
4
74
T140
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
4
74
T143
Nacho Elvira
ESP
5
75
T143
Kim Koivu
FIN
5
75
T143
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
5
75
T143
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
5
75
T143
Scott Hend
AUS
5
75
T143
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
5
75
T143
Anton Karlsson
SWE
5
75
T143
Loris Schuepbach
SUI
5
75
T151
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
6
76
T151
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
6
76
T151
Steven Brown
ENG
6
76
154
Trevor Immelman
RSA
8
78
155
Alessandro Noseda
SWI
13
83
DSQ
Marc Warren
SCO
Par