Rolex Trophy R1

Trio set the pace in Switzerland

August 21-24
Golf Club de Geneve, Geneva, Switzerland
€290,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Adrian Meronk, Martin Simonsen and Ben Stow recorded six under par rounds of 66 to share the lead at the Rolex Trophy at the end of day one.

Rolex Trophy R1 - Trio set the pace in Switzerland
Adrian Meronk. Credit: Rolex

The trio, who all carded bogey-free front nine scores, started quickly on Wednesday morning and ended the day with a share of the one-stroke lead at the top of the leaderboard at Golf Club de Genève.

Both Meronk and Simonsen are making their maiden appearances in the exclusive 40-man Rolex Trophy and showed no signs of inexperience following their rounds of 66. The Dane raced out of the blocks with six birdies in his front nine, including three in a row ahead of the turn, and returned to the clubhouse in level par after a bogey and a birdie amongst seven pars.

“I would’ve taken that score this morning,” said Simonsen. “I was hoping for a little more after the front nine I had when I was six under par after nine holes, which was nice, and I had a good look at the tenth for birdie to get to seven under, but six under par is good and I’m happy with it.


“I played really well on seven, eight and nine, where I had fairly easy birdies. I lost momentum a little on the back nine. I hit a good shot on 11 but miscalculated the wind so it came up short and then I missed a short putt for par.

“It’s always nice being towards the top of the leaderboard, so hopefully I can put together a couple of good rounds and see where we end up.”

Poland’s Meronk made back-to-back birdies to begin his inaugural round at Golf Club de Genève before carding the first of two eagles at the par five fifth hole. His only dropped shot of the day came at the tenth, but he responded with a birdie at the 13th and his second eagle at the par five 15th to reach the six under par target.

“It was a very solid day,” said Meronk. “I played really well and I’m very pleased with my game. It’s only the first day but it’s a good position to be in. There is still a lot of golf to be played but I’m excited for the next three days.

“They were solid eagles on two of the par fives. I hit two solid shots off the tee, which you need to do around here, and that allowed me to go for the green in two, so I was very happy with those two holes.”

Rolex Trophy R1 - Trio set the pace in Switzerland
Martin Simonsen. Credit: Rolex

Englishman Stow finished in a share of eighth place 12 months ago and continued his good form on the Geneva course with a round of 66, which included seven birdies and only one bogey.

The trio hold a one-shot lead over a group of four players, including Challenge Tour Number One and Two Calum Hill and Antoine Rozner. The pair sit alongside Carlos Pigem and Ricardo Santos in a tie for fourth as they also carded five under par rounds of 67.

Simonsen gets the second round under way at 7:30am local time while Stow begins at 8:20am and Meronk at 12:30pm.


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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
MERONK Adrian
POL
-6
66
1
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-6
66
1
STOW Ben
ENG
-6
66
4
HILL Calum
SCO
-5
67
4
PIGEM Carlos
ESP
-5
67
4
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-5
67
4
SANTOS Ricardo
POR
-5
67
8
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-4
68
8
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-4
68
8
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-4
68
8
SHARVIN Cormac
NIR
-4
68
8
VAN DRIEL Darius
NED
-4
68
8
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-4
68
14
BLAND Richard
ENG
-3
69
14
HØJGAARD Rasmus
DEN
-3
69
14
HUIZING Daan
NED
-3
69
14
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-3
69
14
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-3
69
14
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-3
69
20
FERGUSON Ewen
SCO
-2
70
20
GEARY Josh
NZL
-2
70
20
HAVRET Grégory
FRA
-2
70
20
McGOWAN Ross
ENG
-2
70
20
ROUSSEL Robin
FRA
-2
70
20
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-2
70
26
BALDWIN Matthew
ENG
-1
71
26
EASTON Bryce
RSA
-1
71
26
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ Sebastian
ESP
-1
71
26
SYME Connor
SCO
-1
71
26
TILEY Steven
ENG
-1
71
31
FARR Oliver
WAL
0
72
31
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
0
72
31
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
0
72
31
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
0
72
35
BESSELING Wil
NED
1
73
35
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
1
73
35
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
1
73
38
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
2
74
39
FENASSE Mathieu
FRA
3
75
40
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
4
76