Portugal Masters R1

De Jager moves ahead in Vilamoura in bid for 2020 playing rights

October 24-27
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Louis De Jager made a strong start to his quest to keep his European Tour card at the Portugal Masters after an eight under par first round at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.

Portugal Masters R1 - Louis De Jager made a strong start
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“I made a few nice putts in the beginning and then really hit it well towards the end and kept the momentum going. The greens are very good, they are really fast. I felt comfortable. I left myself in the right spots on the greens, on the right plateaus, which made it much easier. There are some tricky putts on those greens, but I kept it easy for myself today.

“I think everyone is more conscious of where they are (on the Race to Dubai Rankings). My back is against the wall a little bit, for me I can only going forward. I’m using that as extra motivation and encouragement – not that you need it, but that did help a little bit.”

The South African, who started the week in 123rd place on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex, went bogey-free in the Algarve with a round of 63 to sit two strokes ahead of compatriot Justin Walters, England’s Oliver Fisher and Australian Jake McLeod.


Fisher, who carded the first 59 in European Tour history at this venue last year, and Walters are also fighting to secure their playing rights for next season, starting the week in 112th and 121st respectively on the Rankings.

“I’m really pleased,” said Fisher. “I played very solid today, it was nice to go around and have a lot of chances and feel as though I was in control of what I was doing. Last week was a tough week in France. It’s nice to get rid of the clouds which were here on Tuesday and Wednesday. We have blue skies and we’re on a course we’re all familiar with and it’s a nice start to the week.”

McLeod must win or finish in solo second to move above the cut off point, which, as things stand after the first round in Vilamoura, is the top 115 players on the Race to Dubai Rankings, who, at the conclusion of the event, will secure their cards for 2020.

“It’s quite wide off the tee, so you can get up there and really give it a rip. But it can be quite penalising around the greens if you miss in the wrong spots – they’re running quite fast this week. I found myself on a lot of the good sides today – hopefully I can keep doing that.

“This season has been pretty average, so I’ve come out here and I’ll have a bit of fun and probably go to Q School unless I get the win.”

Benign conditions led to a day of low scoring in the Algarve, with 75 of the 126-man field beating par.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Louis De Jager
RSA
-8
63
T2
Justin Walters
RSA
-6
65
T2
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-6
65
T2
Jake McLeod
AUS
-6
65
T5
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-5
66
T5
Renato Paratore
ITA
-5
66
T5
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-5
66
T5
Darren Fichardt
RSA
-5
66
T5
David Horsey
ENG
-5
66
T5
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-5
66
T5
Brandon Stone
RSA
-5
66
T12
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-4
67
T12
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-4
67
T12
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
67
T12
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-4
67
T12
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-4
67
T12
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-4
67
T12
Shubhankar Sharma
IND
-4
67
T12
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-4
67
T12
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-4
67
T12
Martin Kaymer
GER
-4
67
T12
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-4
67
T23
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-3
68
T23
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-3
68
T23
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-3
68
T23
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
68
T23
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-3
68
T23
Lee Westwood
ENG
-3
68
T23
Robert Rock
ENG
-3
68
T23
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-3
68
T23
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-3
68
T23
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-3
68
T23
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-3
68
T23
Romain Wattel
FRA
-3
68
T23
Adria Arnaus
ESP
-3
68
T23
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
68
T23
John Catlin
USA
-3
68
T38
Alexander Levy
FRA
-2
69
T38
Chris Paisley
ENG
-2
69
T38
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-2
69
T38
David Howell
ENG
-2
69
T38
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
-2
69
T38
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
69
T38
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-2
69
T38
Hugo Leon
CHI
-2
69
T38
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-2
69
T38
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
69
T38
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-2
69
T38
Tom Murray
ENG
-2
69
T38
George Coetzee
RSA
-2
69
T38
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
69
T38
Chris Wood
ENG
-2
69
T38
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-2
69
T38
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
69
T38
Max Orrin
ENG
-2
69
T38
Tiago Cruz
POR
-2
69
T57
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
70
T57
Joel Girrbach
SWE
-1
70
T57
Joao Carlota
ESP
-1
70
T57
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-1
70
T57
Ben Evans
ENG
-1
70
T57
Daniel Rodrigues
POR
-1
70
T57
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-1
70
T57
Nino Bertasio
ITA
-1
70
T57
Liam Johnston
SCO
-1
70
T57
Michael Hoey
NIR
-1
70
T57
Pablo Larrazabal
ESP
-1
70
T57
Nick Cullen
AUS
-1
70
T57
Ross Fisher
ENG
-1
70
T57
Dean Burmester
RSA
-1
70
T57
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-1
70
T57
Oliver Wilson
ENG
-1
70
T57
Grant Forrest
SCO
-1
70
T57
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
70
T57
Trevor Immelman
RSA
-1
70
T76
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
71
T76
David Law
SCO
Par
71
T76
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
Par
71
T76
Guido Migliozzi
ITA
Par
71
T76
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
Par
71
T76
Paul Dunne
IRL
Par
71
T76
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
71
T76
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
71
T76
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
71
T76
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
71
T76
David Borda
ESP
Par
71
T87
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
1
72
T87
Espen Kofstad
NOR
1
72
T87
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
1
72
T87
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
1
72
T87
Lee Slattery
ENG
1
72
T87
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
72
T87
Tomas Silva
POR
1
72
T87
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
72
T87
Paul Lawrie
SCO
1
72
T87
Tomas Gouveia
POR
1
72
T87
David Drysdale
SCO
1
72
T87
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
72
T87
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
1
72
T87
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
1
72
T87
Steve Webster
ENG
1
72
T102
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
2
73
T102
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
73
T102
Nacho Elvira
ESP
2
73
T102
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
T102
Daniel Gavins
ENG
2
73
T102
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
73
T102
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
73
T102
Padraig Harrington
IRL
2
73
T102
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
2
73
T111
Max Schmitt
GER
3
74
T111
Eduardo De La Riva
ESP
3
74
T111
Pedro Cruz Silva
POR
3
74
T111
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
3
74
T111
Stuart Manley
WAL
3
74
T111
Tomas Guimaraes Bessa
POR
3
74
T111
Deyen Lawson
AUS
3
74
T111
Miguel Gaspar
POR
3
74
T119
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
75
T119
Per Laengfors
SWE
4
75
T121
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
5
76
T121
Sam Brazel
AUS
5
76
T121
Michael Campbell
NZL
5
76
T121
Scott Gregory
ENG
5
76
125
Ivan Cantero
ESP
7
78
126
Matteo Manassero
ITA
12
83