Open de Portugal R1

Sturehed storms into Portugal lead

September 12-15
Morgado Golf Resort, Portimao, Portugal
€200,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Henric Sturehed birdied three of his last four holes to lead the 57° Open de Portugal @ Morgado Golf Resort by one stroke at the end of the first day. 

Open de Portugal R1 - Sturehed storms into Portugal lead
Credit: golfsupport.nl

The Swede carded eight birdies and two bogeys to sign for a six under par 66, one shot clear of Aaron Cockerill, Christopher Mivis and Adrian Meronk, who all signed for rounds of 67 to share second place.

Sturehed, who turned 29 earlier this week, was two under par at the turn before carding birdies at the 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 18th – with a bogey on the penultimate hole – to set the pace at the end of the opening round.

“I played the course really well today and managed to stay on the short grass, which was really important because the rough is so thick here,” he said.

“I hit a really nice shot and tapped in for birdie on 15, which was really important to keep the momentum going.

“I bogeyed 17 but I was really pleased to bounce back and close with a birdie on 18, which keeps me on the right track going into tomorrow.


“Nothing changes for tomorrow, I’ll just try and do the same again, try to stay out of trouble and keep plotting away.”

Canadian Cockerill would have joined Sturehed on six under par had it not been for a closing bogey, but he was content with how he played, missing just one green all day which resulted in that blemish at the last.

“It was a good start,” he said. “We played six holes without much wind and I managed to stay on the fairway all day, keep out of the rough and I made a few birdies, so it was good.

“The rough is really brutal, so you’ve got to do your best to hit fairways, the middle of the greens and avoid the rough at all costs.

“We’ve been loving Portugal. We’ve been into Lagos and Portimao and it’s great. The weather’s awesome, so are the beaches, the food’s good and I think that helps with some of the golf.”

Poland’s Meronk, who currently sits marginally outside the top 15 on the Road to Mallorca Rankings in 19th position, is no stranger to Morgado Golf Resort as he spends each winter practising in the Algarve and he too was pleased with his opening round.

“It was a very solid round, especially in those conditions as it was very windy,” he said. “The wind was actually changing during the round so we had to adjust as we went along.

“The course is not that tough without the wind, but the wind makes it tough as the rough is so thick. If you miss the green, you can have a really bad lie. If you’re a little bit off-line, it can be tough.

“My course management and ball striking was pretty good today, as was my putting. I holed a lot of six and seven footers for pars and birdies, so that was the key.

“I love it here. I come here every winter to practice so I know the course and the area really well. I really like it.

“I’m very close to being in the top 15 but I don’t want to think about it. I just want to play and see what it gives me at the end.”

Behind the trio on five under par is a group of six players in tied fifth on four under par, including Road to Mallorca Number Two Richard Bland, Swedish duo Simon Forsström and Joel Sjöholm, Ireland’s Ruaidhri McGee, Germany’s Philipp Mejow and Jérôme Lando-Casanova, of France.

The second round gets under way at 7.30am local time on Friday September 13. 


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Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-6
66
2
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-5
67
2
MERONK Adrian
POL
-5
67
2
MIVIS Christopher
BEL
-5
67
5
BLAND Richard
ENG
-4
68
5
FORSSTRÖM Simon
SWE
-4
68
5
LANDO CASANOVA Jérôme
FRA
-4
68
5
MCGEE Ruaidhri
IRL
-4
68
5
MEJOW Philipp
GER
-4
68
5
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-4
68
11
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-3
69
11
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-3
69
11
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
-3
69
11
HURLEY Gary
IRL
-3
69
11
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-3
69
11
WIEGELE Martin
AUT
-3
69
17
DEAN Joe
ENG
-2
70
17
ECCLES Ben
AUS
-2
70
17
FERNANDEZ Scott
ESP
-2
70
17
MCBRIDE Paul
IRL
-2
70
17
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-2
70
17
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-2
70
17
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-2
70
24
BOOTE David
WAL
-1
71
24
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
-1
71
24
CRUZ Tiago
POR
-1
71
24
FORD Charlie
ENG
-1
71
24
GANE Chris
ENG
-1
71
24
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-1
71
24
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-1
71
24
MADDY Paul
ENG
-1
71
24
MAZZOLI Stefano
ITA
-1
71
24
PERRIER Damien
FRA
-1
71
24
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-1
71
24
ROBB Chris
SCO
-1
71
24
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-1
71
24
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-1
71
24
SPOONER Billy
ENG
-1
71
39
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
0
72
39
BEKIRIAN Jean
FRA
0
72
39
BERARDO Clément
FRA
0
72
39
EVANS Ryan
ENG
0
72
39
FARR Oliver
WAL
0
72
39
GEARY Josh
NZL
0
72
39
HELLIGKILDE Marcus
DEN
0
72
39
HESBOIS Kevin
BEL
0
72
39
HIDALGO Angel
ESP
0
72
39
HUNDEBØLL Oliver
DEN
0
72
39
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
0
72
39
KAKKO Roope
FIN
0
72
39
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
0
72
39
LINDELL Oliver
FIN
0
72
39
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
0
72
39
OLSEN Aksel
NOR
0
72
39
QUESNE Julien
FRA
0
72
39
RIU Victor
FRA
0
72
39
SANTOS Hugo
POR
0
72
39
TARRIO BEN Santiago
ESP
0
72
39
TREE Toby
ENG
0
72
39
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
0
72
61
ALLAN James
ENG
1
73
61
ARMITAGE Marcus
ENG
1
73
61
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
1
73
61
CANTER Laurie
ENG
1
73
61
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON Mathieu
FRA
1
73
61
EL HALI Karim
MAR
1
73
61
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
1
73
61
FOOS Dominic
GER
1
73
61
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
1
73
61
GEYGER Nico
CHI
1
73
61
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
1
73
61
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
1
73
61
HULDAHL Jeppe Pape
DEN
1
73
61
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
1
73
61
NEIL Bradley
SCO
1
73
61
RODRIGUES (AM) Daniel
POR
1
73
61
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
1
73
61
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
1
73
61
STOW Ben
ENG
1
73
61
SYME Connor
SCO
1
73
61
TINNING Nicolai
DEN
1
73
82
ARIZABALETA Alvaro
COL
2
74
82
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
2
74
82
GRADECKI Mateusz
POL
2
74
82
GREHAN Stuart
IRL
2
74
82
GROS Sébastien
FRA
2
74
82
HOWIE Craig
SCO
2
74
82
KIM Minkyu
KOR
2
74
82
KÖLBING Jonas
GER
2
74
82
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
2
74
82
LINARD Thomas
FRA
2
74
82
RAMOS Joao
POR
2
74
82
ROSS Craig
SCO
2
74
82
SANTOS SILVA Tomas
POR
2
74
82
SARACINO Andrea
ITA
2
74
96
AHOKAS Antti
FIN
3
75
96
COHEN-BOYER Louis
FRA
3
75
96
EDBERG Pelle
SWE
3
75
96
GOUVEIA Tomas
POR
3
75
96
HANSON Chris
ENG
3
75
96
ITEN Marco
SUI
3
75
96
KING Gary
ENG
3
75
96
KNAPPE Alexander
GER
3
75
96
LACROIX Frederic
FRA
3
75
96
MAGALHAES Joao
POR
3
75
96
MARJAN Ahmed
MAR
3
75
96
MORUGAN Manuel
ESP
3
75
96
PIAGET Sandro
MON
3
75
96
SILVA (AM) Pedro
POR
3
75
96
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
3
75
96
WHITNELL Dale
ENG
3
75
96
YOUNG Mark
ENG
3
75
113
ABREU Alexander
POR
4
76
113
ADARRAGA GOMEZ Jose Luis
ESP
4
76
113
BALTL Timon
AUT
4
76
113
CALDWELL Jonathan
NIR
4
76
113
ELVIRA Manuel
ESP
4
76
113
GASPAR Miguel
POR
4
76
113
HEISELE Sebastian
GER
4
76
113
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
4
76
113
KRISTJANSSON Gudmundur
ISL
4
76
113
OLIVEIRA Francisco
POR
4
76
113
ROBINSON Liam
ENG
4
76
113
STALTER Joël
FRA
4
76
125
ANGLES Pep
ESP
5
77
125
CARLOTA Joao
POR
5
77
125
CARLSSON Magnus A
SWE
5
77
125
CLEMENTS Todd
ENG
5
77
125
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
5
77
125
ERIKSSON Martin
SWE
5
77
125
GAL Petr
CZE
5
77
125
MANSELL Richard
ENG
5
77
125
MOHR Marcus
ENG
5
77
125
PETROZZI Gian-Marco
ENG
5
77
125
RUSCH Benjamin
SUI
5
77
125
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
5
77
125
TILEY Steven
ENG
5
77
138
BEKKER Oliver
RSA
6
78
138
BESSA Tomás
POR
6
78
138
BRADER Nathan
POR
6
78
138
COUPLAND Dave
ENG
6
78
138
LOPES Vitor
POR
6
78
143
ABBOTT Jamie
ENG
7
79
143
DAWSON Robin
IRL
7
79
143
EGGENBERGER Mathias
SUI
7
79
143
JOANNES Hugues
BEL
7
79
143
MACCARIO Federico
ITA
7
79
143
RODRIGUES Tiago
POR
7
79
143
SUCHAN Daniel
CZE
7
79
143
WRISDALE Jordan
ENG
7
79
151
WITTMANN Sebastian
AUT
9
81
152
AGUILAR Felipe
CHI
10
82
153
KEMALOGLU Ediz
TUR
11
83
154
YAMAC (AM) Taner
TUR
14
86
155
FORD Matt
ENG
0
0
155
LLOYD Chris
ENG
0
0