Portugal Masters R1

Nino Bertasio takes lead with career-low score

Portugal Masters 2021 R1
November 04-07
Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura, Portugal
€1,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4

Portugal Masters 2021 R1 - Nino Bertasio takes lead with career-low score
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Italy’s Nino Bertasio shot the lowest round of his career on the European Tour, taking the opening lead of the Portugal Masters at 10-under with a bogey-free 61.


Portugal Masters 2021 R1

“I got off to a good start, birdied the second after hitting it close and I started making some putts. I made a lot of putts on the front nine and played really solid on the back. Hit a few close, hit the par fives in two and the birdie on the last was a bonus. Today’s a different wind, we normally play it down off the left and today it was in-to. Tricky holes, and very happy to finish birdie-birdie.

“I wasn’t expecting a 61, but I have been playing nicely. I putted really well today and everything clicked. We’ll see what happens tomorrow. I’ll just try and go out and have fun, I’ve got a great group with Sam Horsfield and Julian (Suri), we had a lot of fun. I’ll try and stick to that.”


Portugal Masters 2021 R1

Four shots behind, Spain’s Adri Arnaus closed with a bogey-free 65.

“My goal every day is to go out there, have fun and try and play my best. At the start of the day I felt as though things were on point, so I took advantage of it.”


Portugal Masters 2021 R1

“I’ve only played this course twice, I played it the first time with a different wind. On the par fives, it’s a bit easier with the other wind, but this time around, with the northern wind, we couldn’t take advantage as well. But I took advantage of other holes and I guess there are still plenty of opportunities out there.

“So far it feels like I can free it up and I always have a side to play my tee shots – that’s important for me to hit a good tee shot and attack pin positions from certain angles and try and roll it in on the greens as best as I can.”


Portugal Masters 2021 R1

Gavin Green, of Malaysia, shot four birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 31, he eagled the par-5 12th and made another birdie but also bogeyed the 14th and 18th to close with a 66 and lies in solo third place.

“It was a little bit of a shaky start. There were a couple of times where I had to salvage a par or salvage a good bogey. Once we turned, the wind died down a little bit but the greens were getting a bit softer as it got cooler. It was nice to hole some putts and get a 66.

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“It’s a lot softer and a lot longer. I don’t remember using this many drivers. On nearly every single hole I’m hitting driver. It’s usually firm and fast, particularly the greens. Now it’s a lot softer and the course is playing way longer, especially in the wind. You have to hit the fairways. On some par fours we were hitting driver-five iron, or driver-four iron, when before it would be driver-seven, eight, nine. It’s a different course, a different beast.”

Six players share fourth place at 4-under including Englishman Callum Shinkwin.

“Everyone says if you hit the ball long around here it’s great because it’s wide open,” said Shinkwin, “but you have to hole so many putts around here to win. Scores have been 20 under par – you have to putt well to shoot those scores.”

Portugal Masters 2021 R1

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
BERTASIO, Nino*
-10
61
2
ARNAUS, Adri*
-6
65
3
GREEN, Gavin
-5
66
4
HEBERT, Benjamin*
-4
67
BJERREGAARD, Lucas*
-4
67
SHINKWIN, Callum*
-4
67
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
-4
67
HARRINGTON, Padraig
-4
67
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
-4
67
10
BESSELING, Wil*
-3
68
10
WILSON, Oliver
-3
68
SAMOOJA, Kalle
-3
68
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-3
68
FORREST, Grant*
-3
68
BROWN, Steven*
-3
68
PAVON, Matthieu
-3
68
KORHONEN, Mikko*
-3
68
LEE, Min Woo
-3
68
LAW, David*
-3
68
HORSFIELD, Sam*
-3
68
ANGLES, Pep
-3
68
PIETERS, Thomas
-3
68
23
HANSEN, Joachim B.
-2
69
BROBERG, Kristoffer*
-2
69
COLSAERTS, Nicolas*
-2
69
23
GALLACHER, Stephen
-2
69
CALDWELL, Jonathan
-2
69
LEVY, Alexander
-2
69
PULKKANEN, Tapio
-2
69
ZANOTTI, Fabrizio*
-2
69
31
JANEWATTANANOND, Jazz
-1
70
FISHER, Oliver*
-1
70
CATLIN, John
-1
70
SULLIVAN, Andy*
-1
70
BLAND, Richard*
-1
70
CANTER, Laurie*
-1
70
LARRAZÁBAL, Pablo
-1
70
ROZNER, Antoine
-1
70
VÄLIMÄKI, Sami*
-1
70
KIEFFER, Maximilian
-1
70
JORDAN, Matthew*
-1
70
SANTOS, Ricardo
-1
70
HORSEY, David*
-1
70
LORENZO-VERA, Mike*
-1
70
RAMSAY, Richie*
-1
70
MACINTYRE, Robert
-1
70
CROCKER, Sean*
-1
70
COETZEE, George
-1
70
McGOWAN, Ross
-1
70
LAPORTA, Francesco*
-1
70
51
FIGUEIREDO, Pedro*
Par
71
LANGASQUE, Romain*
Par
71
BJÖRK, Alexander
Par
71
FISHER, Ross*
Par
71
JAMIESON, Scott
Par
71
HANSON, Peter
Par
71
SENIOR, Jack
Par
71
JACQUELIN, Raphaël*
Par
71
WOOD, Chris
Par
71
WALTERS, Justin*
Par
71
SURI, Julian*
Par
71
PAISLEY, Chris*
Par
71
LOPES, Vitor*
Par
71
GOUVEIA, Tomas*
Par
71
65
OTAEGUI, Adrian
+1
72
LUITEN, Joost
+1
72
OLESEN, Thorbjørn
+1
72
JOHNSTON, Andrew*
+1
72
PEREZ, Victor*
+1
72
SINGH BRAR, Jack
+1
72
DRYSDALE, David
+1
72
PARATORE, Renato
+1
72
MOLINARI, Edoardo*
+1
72
GAVINS, Daniel
+1
72
WALLACE, Matt
+1
72
ELVIRA, Nacho*
+1
72
SMITH, Jordan*
+1
72
KINHULT, Marcus
+1
72
LEMKE, Niklas*
+1
72
LIMA, José-Filipe
+1
72
DU PREEZ, James Hart
+1
72
82
DONALDSON, Jamie
+2
73
SYME, Connor*
+2
73
ROCK, Robert
+2
73
LOMBARD, Zander
+2
73
PEPPERELL, Eddie
+2
73
BJØRN, Thomas*
+2
73
ROUSSEL, Robin*
+2
73
QUIROS, Alvaro
+2
73
MCEVOY, Richard*
+2
73
91
STORM, Graeme
+3
74
FARR, Oliver*
+3
74
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
+3
74
WARREN, Marc
+3
74
GUERRIER, Julien*
+3
74
97
HOWELL, David
+4
75
CHESTERS, Ashley*
+4
75
HEND, Scott*
+4
75
PORTEOUS, Haydn
+4
75
101
GAGLI, Lorenzo*
+5
76
SODERBERG, Sebastian
+5
76
STALTER, Joël
+5
76
SHARVIN, Cormac*
+5
76
105
CLARE NEVES, Pedro* (AM)
7
78
106
CAMPILLO, Jorge
8
79
RETD
SOUTHGATE, Matthew*
+3
W/D
HILL, Calum*
+5
76
W/D
DUBUISSON, Victor*
6
77
* Player started on the back nine