Open de Bretagne R1

Dinwiddie hits the front at Open de Bretagne

September 05-08
Golf Bluegreen de Pléneuf Val André, Pleneuf, France
€200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Robert Dinwiddie tamed tough scoring conditions at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val-André to hold a narrow advantage after day one of the Open de Bretagne.

Open de Bretagne R1 - Dinwiddie hits the front
Credit: European Tour

The 36-year-old carded an opening round of four under par 66 in just his second Challenge Tour start of the season to finish the day one shot clear of Icelandic duo Gudmundur Kristjansson and Birgir Hafthorsson.

The Englishman birdied three of his last six holes to move into the lead on a day where strong winds pummeled the seaside venue.

Runner-up at the 2013 edition of the tournament, Dinwiddie has made the most of his limited starts this season, finishing in the top 20 at his only other Challenge Tour appearance, the Hauts de France – Pas de Calais Golf Open.

His four under par total is the highest first round lead at a Challenge Tour event this year, and only 16 of the 156-man field broke par as sustained winds blew across the firm and fast venue throughout the day.


‘’I played really well, it’s nice to be back out playing,” the 36-year-old said. “I putted really well out there today and holed solid putts on six, seven and eight to finish it off nicely, so overall, I’m really happy with my performance out there today.

‘’I got just about everything I could out of my round today. I haven’t been able to play many Challenge Tour events because of my ranking but I feel like my game’s in a good place.

“I haven’t been able to put my game under this kind of scrutiny at this level for a while so I’m happy that I was able to hold it together and I’m hopeful that I can continue this form over the next few days.’’

Meanwhile, experience also paid off for Hafthorsson, who clinched the first, and still only, win by an Icelander on the Challenge Tour at the 2017 Open de Bretagne. Teeing up only his third Challenge Tour start this season, the former champion carded five birdies and two bogeys on day one to sit one back on three under par.


Looking to add to the Icelandic win tally as well is Kristjansson, who is searching for his first Challenge Tour victory following a successful stretch playing on the Nordic Golf League. Starting in the first group of the day, the 26-year-old carded the best score of the morning wave, a three under par 67, which included six birdies and three bogeys, as many of the early starters struggled to break par.

Frederic Lacroix is the leading French player after an opening round of two under par 68 left him in a tie for fifth, with local amateur and Monday qualifier Victor Joffray sitting one shot further back.

Dinwiddie begins his second round tomorrow at 8:50am local time, with Hafthorsson getting under way at 9:30am and Kristjansson at 1:00pm.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
DINWIDDIE Robert
ENG
-4
66
2
HAFTHORSSON Birgir
ISL
-3
67
2
KRISTJANSSON Gudmundur
ISL
-3
67
4
GEARY Josh
NZL
-2
68
4
HELLIGKILDE Marcus
DEN
-2
68
4
JOHANSSON Niclas
SWE
-2
68
4
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
-2
68
4
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
-2
68
9
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
-1
69
9
HENRY Scott
SCO
-1
69
9
JOFFRAY (AM) Victor
FRA
-1
69
9
KIM Minkyu
KOR
-1
69
9
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-1
69
9
NILEHN Fredrik
SWE
-1
69
9
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-1
69
9
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-1
69
17
BOOTE David
WAL
0
70
17
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
0
70
17
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
0
70
17
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
0
70
17
STALTER Joël
FRA
0
70
17
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
0
70
17
TREE Toby
ENG
0
70
17
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
0
70
25
ADARRAGA GOMEZ Jose Luis
ESP
1
71
25
BIHAN Alan
FRA
1
71
25
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
1
71
25
DE POYEN Julien
FRA
1
71
25
ECCLES Ben
AUS
1
71
25
EVANS Ryan
ENG
1
71
25
HIGGO Garrick
RSA
1
71
25
KAKKO Roope
FIN
1
71
25
KING Gary
ENG
1
71
25
ROSS Craig
SCO
1
71
25
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
1
71
25
TADINI Alessandro
ITA
1
71
25
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
1
71
38
BERARDO Clément
FRA
2
72
38
BRUN Julien
FRA
2
72
38
CARLSSON Johan
SWE
2
72
38
CEA Michele
ITA
2
72
38
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
2
72
38
FORD Charlie
ENG
2
72
38
GRANT Stephen
IRL
2
72
38
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
2
72
38
HESBOIS Kevin
BEL
2
72
38
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
2
72
38
KUNZENBACHER Julian
GER
2
72
38
LINARD Thomas
FRA
2
72
38
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
2
72
38
MADDY Paul
ENG
2
72
38
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
2
72
38
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
2
72
38
RIU Victor
FRA
2
72
38
SCHWARTZ Antoine
FRA
2
72
38
VECCHI FOSSA Jacopo
ITA
2
72
38
WRISDALE Jordan
ENG
2
72
58
COUPADE Jules
FRA
3
73
58
GANE Chris
ENG
3
73
58
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
3
73
58
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
3
73
58
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
3
73
58
LLOYD Chris
ENG
3
73
58
MANSELL Richard
ENG
3
73
58
MAYE Clifford
FRA
3
73
58
MAZZOLI Stefano
ITA
3
73
58
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
3
73
58
SAINZ Javier
ESP
3
73
58
SPOONER Billy
ENG
3
73
58
THOMSON Jonathan
ENG
3
73
58
YOUNG Mark
ENG
3
73
72
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
4
74
72
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
4
74
72
DAUX Franck
FRA
4
74
72
DAWSON Robin
IRL
4
74
72
DUBOIS Edouard
FRA
4
74
72
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
4
74
72
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
4
74
72
GAUTIER Stanislas
FRA
4
74
72
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
4
74
72
HILL Calum
SCO
4
74
72
HUIZING Daan
NED
4
74
72
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
4
74
72
KO (AM) Jeong weon
FRA
4
74
72
LARCELET (AM) Charles
FRA
4
74
72
ROBB Chris
SCO
4
74
72
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
4
74
72
RUTH James
ENG
4
74
72
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
4
74
72
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
4
74
72
TILEY Steven
ENG
4
74
92
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
5
75
92
CARLSSON Magnus A
SWE
5
75
92
CARON Rowin
NED
5
75
92
EASTON Bryce
RSA
5
75
92
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
5
75
92
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
5
75
92
LERAY (AM) Alexis
FRA
5
75
92
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
5
75
92
RADUREAU Maxime
FRA
5
75
92
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
5
75
92
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
5
75
92
STAL Gary
FRA
5
75
92
SUCHAN Daniel
CZE
5
75
92
VEYRET Victor
FRA
5
75
92
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
5
75
92
WIDEMANN Alexandre
FRA
5
75
108
FORD Matt
ENG
6
76
108
HURLEY Gary
IRL
6
76
108
ITEN Marco
SUI
6
76
108
JOUVEN Richard
FRA
6
76
108
LESPINASSE Leo
FRA
6
76
108
MAHEUT Nicolas
FRA
6
76
108
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
6
76
108
QUESNE Julien
FRA
6
76
108
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
6
76
117
BEKKER Oliver
RSA
7
77
117
BERNADET Adrien
FRA
7
77
117
BESSELING Wil
NED
7
77
117
CASEY Harry
ENG
7
77
117
CATURLA Stanislas
FRA
7
77
117
DEAN Joe
ENG
7
77
117
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
7
77
117
GEYGER Nico
CHI
7
77
117
HOWIE Craig
SCO
7
77
117
JOYAU Pierre
FRA
7
77
117
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
7
77
117
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
7
77
117
MEJOW Philipp
GER
7
77
117
SENIOR Jack
ENG
7
77
117
VELASCO Alvaro
ESP
7
77
132
BEM Léonard
FRA
8
78
132
BRAEUNIG Christian
GER
8
78
132
ESPAÑA Edouard
FRA
8
78
132
LESCASTREYRES Patryk
FRA
8
78
132
MOHR Marcus
ENG
8
78
132
TISSERAND Hubert
FRA
8
78
138
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
9
79
138
GAL Petr
CZE
9
79
138
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
9
79
138
NEIL Bradley
SCO
9
79
142
BEKIRIAN Jean
FRA
10
80
142
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
10
80
142
RION Matthew
FRA
10
80
145
GROS Sébastien
FRA
11
81
145
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
11
81
147
ERIKSSON Martin
SWE
12
82
147
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
12
82
147
LE BOT (AM) Raphael
FRA
12
82
147
VIRTO Borja
ESP
12
82
151
BEAUVY (AM) Paul
FRA
13
83
151
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
13
83
151
PIEDELIEVRE Paul
FRA
13
83
154
BAEK Peter Launer
DEN
14
84
155
ANGLES Pep
ESP
0
0
155
DE BONDT Alan
BEL
0
0