Open de Portugal R1

Lopes targets home victory after best European Tour round

September 17-20
Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort, Vau Óbidos, Portugal
€500,000
Day 2, Day 3, Day 4


Open de Portugal 2020 R1 - Lopes targets home victory after best European Tour round
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Vitor Lopes admits he is a man on a mission as he recorded his lowest ever European Tour round to take a two shot lead at the end of day one of the Open de Portugal at Royal Óbidos.


The 24 year old typically plies his trade on the Alps Tour, but took up national spots at the Portugal Masters last week and here at Royal Óbidos Spa & Golf Resort. The decision looks to have paid off as he took advantage of the calmer afternoon conditions to card a seven under par round of 65 and take the lead in a European Tour event for the first time.

“I am very happy, it is my best score on the European Tour and we got the round done so I will relax tonight.



“It was a windy day and we got lucky not getting the bad weather with the rain, so I was just focusing on hitting greens and fairways, and some putts dropped in. Through 12 I was already seven under so I just kept the same mentality and I could finish it off.

“It is always a big week playing at home and in a European Tour event. I played last week so this week I am more relaxed, I am a man on a mission to make the most of it because I am currently on the Alps Tour playing but I have skipped two tournaments, and I was doing well on the rankings, so I hope I made the right decision.”


Damien Perrier of France overcame a neck injury to record a five under par round of 67, joining Carlos Pigem in a tie for second place, after the Spaniard battled the worst of the morning wind and rain to emerge as the best of the early finishers in the dual ranking event with the European Challenge Tour.

“It was a very good round of golf. I made seven birdies, two bogeys, which were stupid little mistakes on not the toughest holes, so I felt like I was playing very well,” said Perrier. “I even missed some short putts at the very beginning of the round today and lipped out on 17. There were plenty of opportunities around today so I converted most of them, but still I could do even lower.

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“I’m still pleased because to be honest I had my neck blocked yesterday so I was not even sure if I could tee off today. I’ve been seeing the physio and taking medication and it’s not been easy for me but thankfully I had a really good warm up and could play. It’s getting better, so hopefully it will stay like this and I can play well tomorrow.”



Another home favourite in Ricardo Santos is a shot further back at four under par alongside American Julian Suri – who was runner up the last time he played this event in 2017 – Alexander Knappe of Germany and South Africa’s Garrick Higgo.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Vitor Lopes (a)
-7
60
T2
Damien Perrier
-5
67
T2
Carlos Pigem
-5
67
T4
Garrick Higgo
-4
68
T4
Alexander Knappe
-4
68
T4
Ricardo Santos
-4
68
T4
Julian Suri
-4
68
T8
David Boote (a)
-3
69
T8
George Coetzee
-3
69
T8
Dominic Foos
-3
64
T8
Ricardo Gouveia
-3
69
T8
Roope Kakko
-3
69
T8
Nathan Kimsey
-3
69
T8
Gudmundur Kristjansson (a)
-3
69
T8
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-3
69
T8
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
-3
69
T8
Andrew Wilson
-3
69
T18
Maverick Antcliff
-2
70
T18
Julien Brun
-2
70
T18
Jens Dantorp
-2
70
T18
Jamie Donaldson
-2
70
T18
Harry Ellis
-2
70
T18
Chase Hanna
-2
70
T18
Gary King
-2
65
T18
Jbe Kruger
-2
70
T18
Christopher Mivis
-2
70
T18
Alfie Plant
-2
70
T18
Bernd Ritthammer
-2
70
T18
Christopher Sahlstrom
-2
70
T18
Jesper Sandborg
-2
70
T18
Marcel Siem
-2
70
T18
Henric Sturehed
-2
70
T18
Ashton Turner
-2
70
T18
Daniel Young (a)
-2
70
T18
Aron Zemmer
-2
70
T36
Alexandre Daydou
-1
71
T36
Stephen Ferreira
-1
71
T36
Pedro Figueiredo
-1
71
T36
Frederic Lacroix
-1
71
T36
Bradley Neil
-1
71
T41
Pep Angles
E
72
T41
Tomás Bessa
E
72
T41
Christofer Blomstrand
E
72
T41
Aaron Cockerill
E
72
T41
Emilio Cuartero Blanco
E
72
T41
Raphaël De Sousa
E
72
T41
Philip Eriksson
E
72
T41
Jens Fahrbring
E
72
T41
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
E
72
T41
Daan Huizing
E
72
T41
Felix Mory
E
72
T41
Niklas Norgaard Møller
E
72
T41
Francisco Oliveira
E
72
T41
Santiago Tarrio
E
72
T41
Romain Wattel
E
72
T41
Jordan Wrisdale
E
72
T57
George Bloor
1
73
T57
Todd Clements
1
73
T57
Enrico Di Nitto
1
73
T57
Pelle Edberg
1
73
T57
Rhys Enoch
1
73
T57
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
1
73
T57
Nicolai Højgaard
1
73
T57
Allen John (a)
1
73
T57
Tyler Koivisto
1
73
T57
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
1
73
T57
Pedro Lencart (a)
1
73
T57
Stuart Manley
1
73
T57
Richard Mansell (a)
1
73
T57
Ross McGowan
1
73
T57
Bradley Moore
1
73
T57
Benjamin Rusch (a)
1
73
T57
Gary Stal
1
73
T57
Jonathan Thomson
1
73
T57
Euan Walker (a)
1
73
T76
Hinrich Arkenau
2
74
T76
Elias Bertheussen
2
74
T76
Ryan Evans
2
74
T76
Matt Ford
2
74
T76
Miguel Gaspar
2
74
T76
Björn Hellgren
2
74
T76
Espen Kofstad
2
74
T76
Oliver Lindell
2
74
T76
Hurly Long (a)
2
74
T76
Federico Maccario
2
74
T76
Haraldur Magnus
2
74
T76
Gavin Moynihan
2
74
T76
Pedro Oriol
2
74
T76
Marco Penge
2
74
T76
Robin Petersson (a)
2
74
T76
Martin Wiegele
2
74
T92
Scott Gregory
3
75
T92
Liam Johnston
3
75
T92
Anton Karlsson
3
75
T92
Niall Kearney
3
75
T92
Nicolai Kristensen
3
75
T92
Per Längfors
3
75
T92
Joao Magalhaes
3
75
T92
Martin Ovesen
3
75
T92
Benjamin Poke
3
75
T92
Marcel Schneider
3
75
T92
Martin Simonsen
3
75
T92
Ashun Wu
3
75
T92
Robbie van West
3
75
T105
Matthew Baldwin
4
76
T105
Grégory Bourdy
4
76
T105
Paul Dunne
4
76
T105
Scott Fernandez
4
76
T105
Daniel Gavins
4
76
T105
Tomas Gouveia
4
76
T105
Craig Howie
4
76
T105
Jose-Filipe Lima
4
76
T105
Andres Romero
4
76
T105
Steven Tiley
4
76
T115
Tiago Cruz
5
77
T115
Jonas Kölbing
5
77
T115
Oscar Lengden
5
77
T115
Mikael Lundberg
5
77
T115
Lorenzo Scalise
5
77
T120
Jamie Abbott
6
78
T120
Ugo Coussaud
6
78
T120
Janne Kaske
6
78
T120
Wade Ormsby
6
78
T120
Edoardo Raffaele Lipparelli (a)
6
78
125
Scott Vincent
8
80
126
Alexandre Abreu
14
86